HOLD FOR RELEASE: October 25, 2017
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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—Maria A. Hurtado, assistant city manager, Hayward, California, was installed today as a West Coast Regional Vice President of ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. The ceremony took place during the organization’s 103rd Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. She was elected for a three-year term on June 23.
ICMA’s mission is to advance professional local government management worldwide through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics. The organization’s 11,000+ members from 32 countries include appointed chief administrative officers (city, town, and county managers), assistant and deputy administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. ICMA’s membership also includes educators and students.
“We are honored that Maria will join the ICMA Executive Board as West Coast Vice President,” said ICMA Executive Director Marc A. Ott. “The individuals who serve on the ICMA Executive Board are outstanding leaders, not only in their own communities but also in the field of professional local government management. These individuals are committed to moving our organization and our profession forward, and we appreciate the time, energy, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness that Maria and the other newly elected members of the board will bring to ICMA.”
ICMA’s 21-member Executive Board acts in the capacity of directors, overseeing the organization’s financial, member-related, and programmatic affairs and selecting the board president. The board also enforces ICMA’s Code of Ethics, which governs the professional and personal conduct of the membership. ICMA Executive Board members attend four board meetings annually.
“I am humbled, honored and very excited to be appointed ICMA regional west coast vice president and to have this opportunity to serve on the board of an organization that contributes so much to the effectiveness of local government professionals and the mission of local governments worldwide,” Hurtado said.
Hayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo applauded and congratulated ICMA on its selection of her colleague Hurtado. “One of my very first decisions as Hayward city manager was to recruit and hire Maria,” McAdoo said. “She has worked tirelessly to make Hayward government more responsive to our community and to engage and unleash the passion, talent, and creativity of our municipal organization, and I’m confident she will do the same for ICMA.”
As one of 18 vice presidents, three of whom are elected from the organization’s West Coast Region (which includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington), Ms. Hurtado will represent ICMA to state associations of local government management and maintain relationships among other affiliated organizations. The West Coast Region is one of five ICMA regions in the United States. Three vice presidents are also elected from countries outside the U.S.
Ms. Hurtado began her extensive government career in California in 1997 with the Watsonville, California, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department. She went on to become Watsonville’s assistant director for redevelopment & housing (2002-03). In 2003, she was named deputy director of parks for the city of San Jose, and later became director of parks and community services for Tracy, California (2006-07). Ms. Hurtado served as acting assistant city manager (2007), (2008-14), interim city manager (2007-08 and 2014), and assistant city manager (2008-14 and 2014-15) of Tracy. From 2015-16, Ms. Hurtado served as assistant city manager of Oxnard, California. She assumed her current position as assistant city manager of Hayward in 2016.
A member of ICMA since 2008, Ms. Hurtado served on the organization’s Local Government Management Fellowship Program Advisory Board (2010-14) and as co-chair of the Conference Planning Committee (2015-16). She received an ICMA Service Award in recognition of her 10 years of service to local government in 2013 and currently serves as a member of the California Coaching Program.
Ms. Hurtado earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1991, and a master’s degree from San Jose State University in 1993.
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics. ICMA provides member support, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to more than 11,000 appointed city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA's members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities throughout the world, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.