Joseph Lyons is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Western University. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of local government institutions, multilevel governance, and public administration and policy. He is also the director of Western University’s Local Government Program. Many of the students in this program are municipal administrators. Their anecdotes and experiences have served as inspiration for much of the book’s content. Feedback from students has also helped to strengthen the cases and ensure they are grounded in the real world. In turn, he hopes the book will help them and future students more effectively navigate the challenging terrain of local government management and politics.