In the late 1990s, David Frasher decided to discontinue his private law practice to accept a job as city administrator of Oak Grove, Missouri. In his new line of work, David Frasher managed all aspects of running a municipality, such as finance, public works, and code enforcement. After a few years of experience, the International City Management Association (ICMA) accredited him as a credentialed manager.
The ICMA Credentialing Program recognizes local government managers as professionals in public service. This voluntary program qualifies government managers in terms of education, experience, and commitment to professional development. To apply for the credential, ICMA requires up to 15 years of experience, which varies depending on the applicant’s educational background. Qualified applicants undergo a peer review credentialing process to assess their expertise.
Currently, ICMA has over 1,454 credentialed managers. To renew the credential, ICMA requires members to complete 40 hours of continuing professional development, recorded and submitted through an annual report.