Sample ad created by a community group that used Fund monies to support their efforts.

ICMA’s Future of Professional Management Fund (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 form-of-government efforts (2012-present) that have been supported in part by ICMA's Future of Professional Management Fund.


Sacramento, CA (pop. 521,769)—Measure A was introduced on the Nov 3 ballot with the intent to ammend the city charter to revoke council-manager form and implement mayor-council form of government. Residents rejected Measure A by 57-to-43 percent vote. This was the second time in six years ICMA helped defeat attempts to dismantle the council-manager form of government. (Novemer 3) 

Saratoga Springs, NY (pop. 28,355)—Supported efforts to change the city charter from a commission form of government to council-manager form of government. The measure failed. (November 3)

Deer Park, Ohio (pop. 5,600)—Residents approved charter amendment to adopt a council-manager form of government (November 3)

San Jose, CA (pop. 1,033,670)—Supported efforts to inform the community about the council-manager form of government. Local efforts successfully deterred the mayor from putting forth a measure to call for a charter amendment to implement the mayor-council form over the current council-manager form of government. (June)

Beaverton, Oregon (pop. 99,000)—Residents adopted charter amendment to replace the mayor-council system with the council-manager form of government (May)

Ashland, Oregon (pop. 21,621)—Residents adopted the charter amendment to replace the mayor-council system with the council-manager form of government (May)


St. Louis County, Missouri (pop. 996,726)—Proposal to consolidate 88 municipalities in county into a single “Metropolitan City” and adopt the mayor-council form of government put on hold indefinitely (Summer)

Cleveland Heights, Ohio (pop. 44,562)—Residents voted 64-to-36 percent to abandon council-manager government (November 5)



Amherst, Massachusetts (38,000)—Adopted council-manager form recommended by charter commission (March 27)

Ascension Parish, Louisiana (122,948)—Efforts to advocate professional management within the parish continue

Hillard, Ohio (pop. 35,939)—Voted 58.5 to 41.5 percent to adopt charter amendment and switch from mayor-council to council-manager form of government (November 6).

Clearwater, Florida (pop. 115,513)—Voters said “no way” to switching from the council-manager form of government by soundly defeating an initiative spearheaded by the city’s business community to adopt the mayor-council structure by a 59-to-41-percent margin (November 6).

Danville, Illinois (pop. 31,424)—Despite more than six month’s hard work by members of "Moving Danville Forward," residents voted 58.55-to-41.45 percent to retain their current aldermanic form of government (November 6). 


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 7)


Carver, Minnesota (pop. 4,147)—Adopted council-manager form (November 8)

East Providence, Rhode Island (47,149)Abandoned council-manager form (November 8)

Freeport, Illinois—Adopted council-manager form (November 8)

Snohomish, Washington—Abandoned council-manager form (November 8)



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)