Officers & Board


Association Officers May 2019 to May 2021

  • President: James Palmer
  • 1st Vice-President: David Burke
  • 2nd Vice-President: John Goodwin
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Robert Hagemann
  • Executive Director: Patti Dwyer
  • Director of Policy & Governmental Affairs: Robert McEvoy
  • Immediate Past President: Bryan White

Board of Directors

  • Robert Cole
  • Edward Brancati
  • Connie Green-O'Donnell
  • Liz Melock
  • Michael Collins
  • Matthew Jensen
  • Alexandra Marshall
  • Justin Datino

ICMA Senior Advisors

  • Mike Ritchie

Finance Assistant

  • George Calvi

Secretariat to the Association

  • Dr. Celia Watt, MPA Graduate Program - SUNY Brockport
  • Dr. Michael Hattery, MPA Graduate Program - SUNY Brockport

Senior Advisors Program

The Executive Board established the ICMA Senior Advisors program in 1974 to make the counsel, experience, and support of respected, retired managers of the profession available to city and county managers and administrators.

Senior Advisors are volunteers, available to meet periodically with members in their state or area to discuss the profession and the concerns of managers. Discussions range from problems with mayors and councils, overall management questions, relations with ICMA, responses to local controversies such as referenda on the council-manager plan to career development counseling. All discussions are confidential.

The Senior Advisor program is designed to help with personal and professional issues, not to provide any form of technical assistance or solve substantive problems in a local government. Range Riders also assist communities interested in adopting or retaining council-manager government.

Senior Advisors are selected jointly by the ICMA Executive Director and either the advisor's state association and/or state municipal league. ICMA and the sponsoring state organization share travel and other expenses. The amount of expenses allocated depends on the size of the state, the number of Senior Advisors, and funds available from the sponsors.

Please contact the association if you wish to utilize the New York State Senior Advisors.

One additional distinction should be made about Senior Advisors; they are sometimes confused with circuit riders. Circuit Riders or shared administrators are professionals who serve more than one community. They may not have the full responsibilities of a city manager but they at least provide technical assistance and often provide overall management services.

For More Information on the Senior Advisor program go to the Senior Advisor Program at ICMA.