VLGMA Overview

The Virginia Local Government Management Association

Welcome to our website

The Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed primarily of city, town, and county managers and key members of their management teams. Membership in the organization is offered on an individual basis. Funding is provided by dues based on members' salaries. A 19-member executive committee governs the association.


Supporting local government managers building great communities through inclusion, innovation and leadership.


The primary goal of the association is to strengthen the quality of local government through professional management. The association seeks to promote professional management in a variety of ways including training, networking, and resource sharing. Click here for VLGMA's Strategic Plan.

Our Leadership

In June 2019, VLGMA elected C. James Ervin, Town Manager of Rocky Mount as its new president. The leadership team working with him includes President-Elect Cindy L. Mester, Assistant City Manager of Falls Church; First Vice President F. Craig Meadows, County Administrator of Montgomery; Second Vice President Mercury T. Payton, Town Manager of Vienna; Third Vice President Timothy K. Fitzgerald, County Administrator of Augusta; Secretary Eden Freeman, City Manager of Winchester; and Immediate Past President Joseph P. Casey, County Administrator of Chesterfield.

2018-19 Executive Committee Roster

Professional Conduct

The professional conduct of all members of the association is governed by the Code of Ethics of the International City Management Association. The Second Vice-President of the association heads a standing committee on ethics.  


VML Affiliation

VLGMA is an affiliate of the Virginia Municipal League which serves as headquarters and a collection point for information and services.

ICMA Affiliation

VLGMA is an affiliate of ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. The mutual agreement highlights collaboration on leadership development and ethics, membership, professional development, and knowledge sharing.

Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia Affiliation

The Cooper Center in collaboration with VML, provides staff support for VLGMA. The Cooper Center coordinates the two annual conferences, maintains the VLGMA web site, edits and publishes the VLGMA newsletter, and provides staff support for the Professional Development Committee and other VLGMA committees.