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ICMA Relationship Management

To ensure strong connections between ICMA and state and affiliate organizations, a relationship management structure is in place to strengthen communication and ensure collaboration on mutual goals.

ICMA's Relationship Management efforts facilitate communication and cooperation between ICMA and various state and affiliate organizations, including all state associations of city/county management, state associations of local government assistants, and four national affiliate organizations.

ICMA taps and combines the skills and knowledge of ICMA Board Regional Vice Presidents, Regional Directors, senior ICMA staff members, and a corps of ICMA Liaisons with a history of leadership in their state.

State Association Relationships

In 2010, ICMA sought to engage in formal affiliation agreements with the 43 state associations of local government professionals. The purpose was twofold:

  • To reinforce the importance and value of the relationship between ICMA and state associations, and the value of belonging to both.
  • To complement and not compete with state associations on the support and delivery of services to local government management professionals

Agreements were renewed in 2013, and a refreshed and streamlined renewal effort began in 2016, with a completion date of June 2017 planned.

National Affiliates

ICMA has longstanding relationships with four national affiliates

The ICMA Relationship Management Team

To identify your key staff and ICMA Executive Board contacts, use the State Leadership / Liaison Directory.

  • Fifteen ICMA Executive Board Regional Vice Presidents, members of the ICMA Executive Board, serve as board liaisons to states in their respective regions and to our national affiliates. Three vice presidents are elected from each of ICMA's five geographic regions within the United States and serve three-year terms.  During each ICMA annual conference, they divide the states in their regions so that each state association has a single vice president as its primary liaison.  Vice presidents are available as key contacts within the states they serve to help bring forward policy issues from the membership and state organizations. When their other duties allow, vice presidents also travel to state meetings in their states to represent ICMA in person and to provide updates on ICMA activities and priorities.
  • In four of ICMA's five U.S. regions, ICMA has Regional Directors in place who have long tenures as managers in the region and who also served in their state association leadership. One senior staff member serves as a Regional Team Leader in ICMA's Northeast region, as well as state liaison to seven states in the region.

-Midwest Regional Director, Dave Limardi (dlimardi@icma.org)

-Mountain Plains Regional Director, Karen Daly (kdaly@icma.org)

-Northeast Team Leader, Rita Soler Ossolinski (rossolinski@icma.org)

-Southeast Regional Director, Randall (Randy) Reid (rreid@icma.org)

-West Coast Regional Director, Kevin Duggan (kduggan@icma.org)

  • Two additional senior ICMA staff members are assigned to serve as ICMA Liaisons. Together with their Regional Team Leader, these individuals are the primary contacts and ICMA information source for their specific state associations.
  • Fifteen ICMA Liaisons, ICMA members with long tenures as managers in a state, are currently serving as state liaisons and primary contacts for 21 states.  Each state liaison’s primary contact is the state president or state association staff person. Liaisons work with these individuals to provide updates on ICMA, coordinate ICMA workshops at state meetings, obtain updates on issues that the state association is facing, and are available to meet the specific needs of the state's members.

The State Leadership / Liaison Directory is a quick reference tool providing a summary of ICMA Liaisons and ICMA board regional vice presidents who serve as board liaisons to states.

Ongoing Communication

As an added vehicle for information sharing, ICMA publishes Membership Monday, a weekly e-newsletter for state and affiliate association officers, staff, and others interested in cooperation among local government management associations.

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