Douglas W. Ayres spent 50 years in local government, accomplishing great things and building communities, minds and ideas. He became noted for making major points by illustrating the goal via jokes; lots and lots of jokes. Hilarity and adoption of his goals invariably followed. Ayres has culled these 247 jokes from his personal "Joke Box" for their known impact on the thousands of audiences on whom he perfected them.
Ayres has been a City Clerk, Court Clerk, City Treasurer, Finance Director, City Manager of three cities and the CEO of two corporations. He was a Professor in the Graduate School of the University of Southern California for 15 years as well as on faculty at each of California State University, Long Beach and the University of California, Irvine. Doug also was the consultant of choice by more than 500 jurisdictions in more than 3,000 engagements in a wide variety of subjects, ranging from law to finance and personnel matters. For decades his seminars and multi-day workshops were in great demand not only for the content but also for the manner in which he made his points - via intellectually appealing humor. That humor is now in book form.
During his career Ayres became well known on the national speech circuit as a raconteur,spinner of interesting and humorous tales and, prior to retirement to writing, was in great demand to speak on a wide variety of local government subjects and situations. As can be seen and learned from his latest book The Local Government Joke Box, Ayres' accomplishments were in no small part due to his ability to make his points convincingly via jokes tailored to the needs of the occasion.