VLGMA Senior Advisors

Senior Advisors make the counsel, experience, and support of retired managers of the profession available to city, town, and county managers and administrators and other staff.

The ICMA Senior Advisor program (formerly Range Rider Program) is a joint activity of ICMA and state sponsors established by the ICMA Executive Board in 1974 to make the counsel, experience, and support of respected, retired managers of the profession available to members.  Currently 105 Senior Advisors in 27 states provide a highly valued service by volunteering their time to offer confidential professional and personal support and advice.  

Senior Advisors are selected jointly by the state sponsor and the ICMA Executive Director.  Although they are expected to be visible, accessible and responsive to members and association needs, Senior Advisors are unpaid volunteers who pursue other activities while in retirement and thus are not “full time.” Expenses are shared by ICMA and the sponsoring state organization.  The expenses allocated depend on the size of the state, the number of Senior Advisors and funds available from the sponsors. 

Senior Advisors are available to meet periodically with members in their states or areas to discuss the profession and their concerns as members. Discussion topics range from relations with elected officials, overall management questions, relations with ICMA, responses to local controversies such as referenda on the council-manager plan, to career development. 

Senior Advisors are friends, colleagues, and advisors to the profession—not consultants. The Senior Advisor program is designed to help with personal and professional issues, not to provide technical assistance or solve substantive problems in a local government.  However, Senior Advisors may consult with local governments as individuals, on a part-time basis, as long as the consulting does not impair the effectiveness of the Senior Advisors. Senior Advisor guidelines contain advice for Senior Advisors who do part-time consulting.

Senior Advisors may also help communities interested in creating a professional local government management position, including adoption of council-manager government.


[Addressess, Phone Numbers, and Email Addresses Updated 2/18]

Gerald (Jerry) Burgess
69 Bluegrass Lane
Fincastle, VA 24090
540/309-9796 (c)
Email: burgessarmy69@gmail.com

Jack A. Gross
1563 Newton Circle
Bedford,VA 24523
Email: jack144@gmail.com

Kim Payne
1525 Linden Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24503
434/384-9602 (h)  434/444-3662 (c)
Email: kimpayne53@gmail.com

Bill Porter
116 W. Kingswood Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Email: billport@verizon.net

Lane Ramsey
9800 Gates Bluff Drive
Chesterfield, VA 23230
Email: laneramsey@comcast.net

Joe Paxton
400 S,  Sunset Drive
Broadway, VA  22815-9434
Email:  jpaxton56@gmail.com

Ed Daley
1208 Oden Street
Front Royal, VA  22630
804/712-5557 (cell)
Email:  ecddaley@comcast.net

Brenda Garton
PO Box 96
Cross Junction, VA  22625-0796
804/691-3894 (cell)
Email:  bggarton@gmail.com

David Whitlow
178 Close Quarters Drive
White Stone, VA  22578
Email:  david.scott.whitlow@gmail.com

Peter Huber
705 Campbell Drive
Pulaski, VA  24301
540/440-0308 (cell)
Email:  pskhuber@gmail.com

Emeritus Status:

Robert E. (Bob) Taylor
12430 Morgans Glen Circle
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Email: bob4asuut@comcast.net

Cole Hendrix
3507 Wedgewood Ct.
Keswick, VA 22947'
Email: chendrix555@centurylink.net

William F. LaVecchia
303 Burnwick Road
Richmond, VA 23227-1632
Email: fclav3@verizon.net

Wendell L. Seldon

Parkside at Beth Sholom - #203

1550 John Rolfe Parkway

Henrico, VA  23238


Email: seldon47@aol.com

Ronald (Ron) L. Waller
1313 Providence Knoll Drive
Richmond, VA 23236
Email: wallerRLW@aol.com

Robert (Bob) Herbert
3535 Brymoor Rd., S.W
Roanoke, VA 24018
540/989 7447
Email: bherbert@vt.edu