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Members in Transition

When a manager or assistant manager is fired, forced to resign or otherwise involuntarily separated from local government service, ICMA provides an array of personal and financial support.

In Transition?

On a personal level.

ICMA provides access to support services from ICMA leadership, senior management staff, Senior Advisors, and other members. Members are given the opportunity to have their names listed as “in transition” in Leadership Matters (member edition) and at icma.org" Their colleagues are encouraged to respond individually with advice and support. Colleagues should also keep in mind that members in transition are wonderful resources for short-term and interim assignments. In addition, each member in transition receives access to special articles and other publications designed to address common concerns during this difficult time. Click here for one example, a Colorado manual for managers in transition. Networking opportunities within the MIT community are provided through periodic conference calls and an in-person meeting at the ICMA conference.

On a financial level.

ICMA waives dues payments in six-month increments for up to three years. To facilitate networking with their fellow managers and to promote professional development while in transition, the registration fees for the Annual Conference and for one 90-minute webconference per month are waived. Members in transition are also given the opportunity to compete for a travel and lodging assistance scholarship. (For those who still cannot attend the Annual Conference, archived virtual conference materials are provided free of charge after the event.) 

Want to support a colleague in transition?

First and foremost, reach out to your colleagues in transition with advice and support! Consider members in transition for short-term and interim assignments in your community. Learn who are colleagues in transition.

Resources and Support for Members in Transition (update of http://icma.org/en/icma/members/benefits/members_in_transition/members_resources)

Going into "transition" is a very difficult situation that all too many members face at some point in their local government careers. Any job change is difficult, but when it's forced on someone for reasons that often have nothing to do with their job performance, it can be traumatic. We want to be sure you are aware of the resources ICMA and its valued partners make available to members who are between jobs.

Remember that you are not alone.

Connect with your MIT colleagues through a private online discussion group, through periodic conference calls for MITs, and at a special meeting held at the annual conference.

Stay engaged with ICMA and the ICMA member network.

Be sure to keep us current on your postal and e-mail addresses so membership materials reach you promptly. Remember that your membership belongs to you, not to your employer. If your membership dues come up for renewal while you're in transition, just note that on the invoice, return it to our attention, and ICMA will extend your membership automatically for six months. If you are still between jobs after six months, we will again extend your membership at no charge. ICMA recognizes how important it is that you continue to receive Leadership Matters (member edition) with its job ads, PM magazine, and access to the password-protected sections of icma.org. You are still very much a part of the international ICMA network. 

Additionally, be sure to reach out to your state association; many states offer in transition members additional benefits and services.

  • Learn more about state association support for members in transition (link to new page)

ICMA strategic partner ICMA-RC has developed a series of resources for plan participants facing employment transition,
including an employment transition action plan and financial planning assistance.

Maximize your job search.

Consider the job search and career resources available through the ICMA Career Network, which offers members a database of current job openings in the local government management profession, an online resume service, and online ICMA publications. Of particular interest may be:


Waters and company


Through the generous support of ICMA strategic partner Waters & Company, the CareerNavigator tool is available to ICMA Members In Transition free of charge. This assessment measures seventeen critical competency and management traits that you can use as a development guide.

Take advantage of the Senior Advisor program.

It was established in 1974 to make the counsel, experience, and support of respected, retired managers available to their colleagues in the profession. Senior Advisors have "been there" and experienced many of the same problems, frustrations, and conflicts that you have. All discussions are on a confidential, no-fee basis. The Senior Advisors have offered to volunteer their time to counsel, brainstorm, and, most of all, listen. ICMA and the state associations in over 20 states share their travel, phone, and postage expenses.

Make plans to continue your professional development.
  • Attend the ICMA Annual Conference, with complimentary registration for members between jobs and their partners. Instructions for "in transition" members are included on the registration form. Members in transition are also given the opportunity to compete for a travel and lodging assistance scholarship. For those who still cannot attend, archived virtual conference materials are provided free of charge after the conference.
  • ICMA also provides one complimentary webconference per month to members in transition.
  • Learn how to obtain your Annual Conference and webconference waivers.


Learn from the experience of others.

The ICMA.org Career Resources topic page provides a platform to ask questions and gain access to several downloadable resources that may be of assistance to you, including tips on how to make the most of your membership while in transition, a listing of Career Resources, and several job loss articles from PM magazine. Here are just a few:

Keep in touch with friends, involve your family in your struggles, and stay active.

You have much to contribute, and you will find a rewarding, new opportunity. Be sure to contact ICMA Member Services anytime you feel the need for personal support or counsel at 800-745-8780/202-962-3680 or membership@icma.org.

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