Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICMA Executive Board held its June 6-7, 2020, board meeting virtually for the first time in the association’s history. Here is a rundown of the board’s most significant decisions:
ICMA’s FY2021 Budget
The ICMA fiscal year 2021 budget, developed amid the unfolding global pandemic, was unanimously approved by the board. Because of the unprecedented nature of the crisis we are facing, the risks and uncertainties are significantly higher than in prior years. The operating budget adopted by the board is significantly lower than in prior years and includes the best assumptions that can be made at this time. Staff will continuously monitor actual results against the budget in order to make timely decisions on course corrections, if needed, and will implement cost containment strategies, as well as continue to pursue new revenue sources.
Improving the ICMA Vice-Presidential Selection Process
The board approved proposed amendments to ICMA’s regional nominating agreements to clarify ICMA staff’s coordination role in the nominations and elections process, include policy changes made by the ICMA Executive Board with regard to diversity, and allow for a virtual interview and selection process. The board also set the schedule for the 2020-2021 process. Lastly, the board approved adding the League of Women in Government as a representative on the five U.S. Regional Nominating Committees.
Support for ICMA Members
The board approved amending the dues waiver policy to include Affiliate members who are working for a local government and may sustain a job loss during the current economic crisis. The board directed staff to develop the parameters of the program.
Updating the ICMA Code of Ethics
The board approved revisions to the guideline on Advice to Other Local Government Officials under Tenet 2 and on Conflicting Roles, which was under Tenet 5 and has now been moved to Tenet 3. These changes, part of the ongoing comprehensive review of the Code, were recommended by the ICMA Committee on Professional Conduct, following input from the membership. View the newly revised Code of Ethics.
Local Government Recognitions Granted
The board approved General Management recognition for the local governments of Carolina Shores, North Carolina, and Saline County, Kansas.
ICMA Dues Review
The FY21 budget allocates funding for a consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of ICMA’s dues structure. The board reviewed the proposed RFP, which ICMA will use to select the consultant.