ICMA’s Fund for the Future of Professional Management (previously the Endowment Fund and the Fund for Professional Management) was established in 1986 by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), to advocate and promote the council-manager form and professional local government management.
Below is a list of recent form-of-government efforts supported in part by ICMA's Future of Professional Management Fund. To view a complete listing of communities that the Fund has supported, click here.
Amherst, Massachusetts (38,000)--Adopted council-manager form recommended by charter commission (March 27)
Canton, South Dakota (3,386)--Abandoned council-manager form in favor of commission-mayor (November 7)
Fair Oaks, Texas (8,645)--Adopted home rule charter, which paved way for council-manager form (May 6)
Lakeland, Florida (106,420)--Defeated proposal to switch from council-manager to mayor-council (November 7)
Saratoga Springs, New York (27,763)--Petition to re-count ballots in city's close (10-vote) charter change election in November denied by judge in February 2018, but petitioners haven't given up.
Shoreacres, Texas (1,600)--Switched from mayor-council to council-manager (May 6)
West Jordan, Utah (113,699)--Abandoned council-manager for mayor-council form by 63 votes (November)
Carver, Minnesota (pop. 4,147)--Adopted council-manager form (November)
East Providence, Rhode Island (47,149)--Abandoned council-manager form (November)
Freeport, Illinois--Adopted council-manager form (November)
Snohomish, Washington--Abandoned council-manager form (November)
Sacramento, California (pop. 479,686)--Rejected mayor-council proposal for this capital city and retained council-manager form (November)
West Columbia, Souith Carolina (pop. 16,282)--Rejected mayor-council proposal and retained council-manager form (October)
Columbia, South Carolina (pop. 133,358)--Defeated initiative to change this capital city's council-manager form of government (December 3)
Washougal, Washington (pop. 14,75)--Retained council-manager form (November)
Coos County, Oregon (62,282)--Unsuccessful attempt to create county administrator position (November)
McHenry County, Illinois (307,409)--Retained council-manager form
Sarasota, Florida (53,326)--Rejected proposal to amend the city’s charter, split the charter position of city auditor/clerk, and create a new position of city clerk that would report to the city manager rather than city commissioners.
Saratoga Springs, New York (27,315)--Rejected proposal to change from commission to council-manager form
Westbrook, Connecticut (6,292)--Rejected charter review commission recommendation to create town manager position while retaining town meeting form (November)