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The ICMA Range Rider Program

The ICMA Range Rider Program makes the, experience, advice, and support of respected, retired managers of the profession available to members.

The ICMA Range Rider program was established by the ICMA Executive Board in 1974 to make the counsel, experience, and support of respected, retired managers of the profession available to city managers.  The program now serves all ICMA members and those of the state sponsor.  There are currently more than 80 Range Riders serving members in 22 states

Range Riders are retired managers with extensive experience who volunteer their time to provide a unique source of outside advice to their colleagues. They are selected jointly by the state sponsor and the ICMA Executive Director.  Although they are expected to be visible, accessible and responsive to members and association needs, Range Riders are unpaid volunteers who pursue other activities while in retirement and thus are not “full time.” Expenses incurred are reimbursed and shared by ICMA and the sponsoring state organization.  The expenses allocated depend on the size of the state, the number of Range Riders and funds available from the sponsors. 

Range Riders are available to meet periodically with members in their states or areas to discuss the profession and their concerns as members. Discussion topics range from relations with elected officials, overall management questions, relations with ICMA, responses to local controversies such as referenda on the council-manager plan, to career development. 

All discussions are on a  confidential basis. Range Riders are friends, colleagues, and advisors to the profession—not consultants. The Range Rider program is designed to help with personal and professional issues, not to provide technical assistance or solve substantive problems in a local government.  However, Range Riders may consult with local governments as individuals, on a part-time basis, as long as the consulting does not impair the effectiveness of the Range Rider. Range Rider guidelines contain advice for Range Riders who do part-time consulting.

Range Riders may also help communities interested in creating a professional local government management position, including adoption of council-manager government.

Members with questions on the Range Rider program can contact Senior Advisor Greg Bielawski at 630/462-1876 or e-mail gbielawski@icma.org.