For comprehensive information on the ICMA nominations and election process, members should consult the ICMA Executive Board Nominations Process webpage. This FAQ page is only a compilation of answers to questions that ICMA receives.

 

 


"ICMA Executive Board service is a commitment and it’s not for show. You are expected to show up and work, stay engaged, and contribute. I have described it as similar to taking on a part-time job. There is no doubt that any candidate should consider whether or not the timing is right for them, because what board members get out of the experience is a result of what they put into it. Of course, the rewards are absolutely worth it -- in my view, anything worth doing is worth working for, and that is certainly true of board service." - Karen Pinkos, former ICMA President and former ICMA Regional Vice President, West Coast Region

General

What positions are elected during the annual nominations and election process?

Each year, each region has one regional vice president position become available. The 21-member board consists of a president, a president-elect, a past president, and 18 regional vice presidents.  There are six regions and each region is represented by three regional vice presidents. All regional vice presidents serve three-year terms on the executive board. 

What are ICMA's regions?

There are six regions. One International region and five U.S regions: Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Mountain Plains, and the West Coast.

Who can vote in the annual election?

The privilege of voting for a regional vice president on the annual election ballot is limited to Corporate members. Article VIII. Section 1. of the ICMA Constitution (amended by the membership in February 2020) defines Corporate members:
a. Corporate Members are:
i. Full Members (including Life Members)
ii. Affiliate Members, currently serving in an appointed position in local government, who have a minimum of five years of service to a local government and five years of membership in ICMA.

Who is eligible to serve as ICMA president?

Each year the ICMA Executive Board calls for expressions of interest from eligible former regional vice presidents and then selects a president-elect. Only former regional vice presidents who have been off the board for at least one year and are still in-service to a local government can be considered. 

Prospective Candidates for Regional Vice President

Who is eligible to serve as an ICMA regional vice president?

Corporate members serving full-time in an appointed position to a local government are eligible to serve. Corporate members include: 

1. Full members, i.e., CAOs or assistant/deputy CAOs

2. Affiliate members who have a minimum of five years of service to a local government and five years of membership in ICMA, i.e., entry to mid-level management or department heads.*

Members who want to be considered for nomination are also subject to the selection criteria in the Geographical Protocols outlined in the Regional Nominating Agreements for each of the six regions for each year. The rotation of states/countries and position-types change each year and requirements can differ by region. Interested members are encouraged to review the Geographical Protocols contained in their region's Regional Nominating Agreement. For questions, contact your regional director if residing in the U.S., or email icmanominations@icma.org if residing internationally.

*Affiliate members meeting the eligibility criteria stated above can only run for a position in their region’s designated "non-CAO" year.

Can I run for regional vice president in a region where I do not work or reside?

No. Regional vice presidents can only run for a position in the ICMA geographical region in which they reside and work at the time of the election. See the Regional Nominating Agreements.

What are the responsibilities, commitments, and expectations of serving on the ICMA Executive Board?

The ICMA Executive Board is a working board that requires active participation and a significant commitment of time and effort from each member throughout the three-year term. Board members make themselves accessible to the executive director and the ICMA leadership team. They maintain a considerable amount of communication with the regional directors, certain ICMA programmatic staff, and the membership. Board members are provided with a sizable amount of reading materials in advance of meetings and come prepared to engage in discussion, offer guidance, or make decisions. Although travel is presently on hold due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, there is normally a significant amount of travel. View the Expectations of Board Service.

What is a Regional Nominating Committee and what does it do?

The six Regional Nominating Committees (one per region) are responsible for interviewing qualified individuals who can best represent the local government management profession on the ICMA Executive Board. Every year, each Regional Nominating Committee will interview and select one nominee to appear as the region's recommended candidate on the ICMA annual election ballot. Corporate members then have the opportunity to vote for regional vice presidents on the annual election ballot.

Who serves on a Regional Nominating Committee?

Five U.S. Regions: The Regional Nominating Committees in the five U.S. regions are composed of a representative of each state association that has an affiliation agreement with ICMA. These state association presidents will serve or appoint an eligible ICMA member to serve on their region's nominating committee. The Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN), National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), the League of Women in Government (The League), and National Association of County Administrators (NACA) are affiliate organizations that are asked to identify a representative for each of the five U.S. committees.  Regional Nominating Committee appointees should be ICMA members in good standing, in service to a local government, and reside in the same region as the Regional Nominating Committee to which they are appointed. Again, Regional Nominating Committee appointees must be ICMA members in good standing, in service to a local government, and reside in the same region as the Regional Nominating Committee to which they may be appointed. Use the State Leadership / Liaison Directory. 

International Region: The Regional Nominating Committee for the International region is composed of the ICMA President (or designee), the senior International Vice President (who may also serve as the ICMA President’s designee), 2-3 former ICMA international board members, chair and vice chair of the International Committee, 1-2 representatives from affiliated countries that have eligible members and, preferably, who are not represented by the current regional vice presidents, and a chair that  will be selected from a country with no current candidates. The two remaining current vice presidents for the International region will attend and observe the interview process for each candidate, but do not vote. Regional Nominating Committee appointees must be ICMA members in good standing and all members will be international with the exception of the chair or vice-chair of the International Committee, one of whom has been an American. Contact icmanominations@icma.org for questions.

What are the deadlines and timeline for the nominations and election process?

Each year in June, the Executive Board approves a new general schedule for the regional nominations and election process. View this year's general schedule.

What role does geography play in the Regional Nominating Committees' selection of nominees?

Geography plays a significant role in the nominations process. The Regional Nominating Agreements for each of the six regions establish a process for selecting candidates to be nominated to serve as the region's ICMA Vice President and regional geographical protocols (customized by region) for the rotation of nominees between states or countries and position types. The processes outlined in these agreements are intended to reflect the mutual commitment between ICMA and the state or country associations to identify motivated and qualified members to serve on the ICMA Executive Board. The agreements also work to ensure equal opportunity within each region for all states or countries to be represented, with the goal of achieving a balanced executive board that represents the local government management profession and those served by it. Within the U.S., the leadership of the state associations with affiliate agreements with ICMA in each region are responsible for co-developing and adhering to Regional Nominating Agreements, which outline the eligibility and process requirements for each of the regions. The ICMA Executive Board sets the process for the International Region. Regional Nominating Committees will adhere to the protocols within these agreements and may give preference to states or countries not recently represented on the Executive Board as they select a nominee for the region. 

How and from whom should I solicit letters of support or endorsements for my candidacy?

Individuals are not required to solicit letters of support or endorsements to present as a candidate, however, they are recommended. Thoughtful letters of support from members or letters of endorsement from state, country or affiliate associations that can aid the Regional Nominating Committee in understanding your qualities, achievements, and potential contributions to the board are optional, but recommended. Sitting ICMA board members may not provide any letters of support or endorsement. See what Submission Materials are required.

I plan to depart local government next year, can I still serve on the Board?

If the President, President-elect, or a Vice President during his or her first year in office, accepts a full-time job that is not with a local government, his or her status as an officer will terminate on the commencement of the new job. See Article IV. ICMA Constitution.

I'm interested in learning more, who can I talk to?

ICMA encourages individuals who are interested in pursuing this rewarding and important leadership opportunity to reach out to their state/country association president or affiliate organizations president, current or former regional vice presidents, and/or regional director, as applicable. For U.S. regions: Use the State Leadership / Liaison Directory. For International region: Contact  icmanominations@icma.org

How did you approach your council /elected officials and get their buy-in?

  • "I started with the mayor and explained why ICMA was important and the work they do in supporting professional managers around the world. I emphasized the learning opportunities from being exposed to best practices for problem-solving all around the world and how that would benefit the city.  It was an easy conversation. And following my discussion with the mayor and the city council, it was clear that they see the regional benefits, local benefits and the opportunities for solidifying our stake in support of the council-manager form of government." - Troy Brown, ICMA President-Elect and former Regional Vice President, West Coast Region
  • "My former boss was very supportive of my serving on the board. I transitioned to my first city manager role in my first year. My council was very supportive and I built the opportunity and expectation in my employment contract." - Heather Geyer, former Regional Vice President, Mountain Plains Region

Can my name still appear on the election ballot if I am not selected for nomination by my region's Regional Nominating Committee?

Petitions are not required in order to come before the Regional Nominating Committee as a candidate for their consideration. If a member meets the eligibility requirements and, after being interviewed by the appropriate Regional Nominating Committee, does not receive the nomination, the member has the option to appear independently on the election ballot only if they submitted a petition by the established annual deadline. The sole purpose of petitions is to allow a member the opportunity to qualify independently for nomination.

In order to qualify by petition for the 2021 election year, qualified members must submit a petition signed by 15 Corporate ICMA members by the January 8, 2021, deadline. Signatures on petitions must be accompanied by printed/typed full names and position titles for verification. View the petition

Who can sign a petition?

In order to qualify by petition, qualified members must submit a petition signed by 15 Corporate ICMA members by the January 8, 2021 deadline for the 2021 election year. Signatures on petitions must be accompanied by printed/typed full names and position titles for verification. Corporate Members are:
i. Full Members (including Life Members)
ii. Affiliate Members, currently serving in an appointed position in local government, who have a minimum of five years of service to a local government and five years of membership in ICMA.

Note: Life/Retired members that are Corporate members can sign a petition.

How can I check to see if somebody is an ICMA member?

Use the Who's Who in Local Government Database to search for ICMA members. Look for the blue "ICMA Member" badge.

Does an Affiliate member need to have 5 years as an ICMA member and 5 years of service to a local govenrment in order to apply or be nominated to serve on the Board?

Yes. An Affiliate member currently serving in local government must have met the 5 years of ICMA membership and 5 years of service to a local government milestones by the date of filing their application with ICMA in order to be eligible. 

*Affiliate members meeting the eligibility criteria stated above can only run for a position in their region’s designated "non-CAO" year.


Contact Us

Candidates: If you have questions about the nominations process in one of the five U.S. regions, contact your state association or affiliate organization president, or your regional director. Use the State Leadership / Liaison Directory. International candidates, contact ICMA staff at icmanominations@icma.org.

Regional Nominating Committee members: For the five U.S. regions, contact your regional director. Regional directors serve as the secretariats to the regional nominating committees. Use the State Leadership / Liaison Directory. For the International region, contact ICMA staff at icmanominations@icma.org.

For general inquiries about the nominations or election process, contact ICMA staff at icmanominations@icma.org.

For questions about membership status, contact ICMA staff at membership@icma.org.

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