ICMA for Good Governance Worldwide

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International City/County Management Association
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Western Missouri native David Frasher serves as the City Manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Apart from being an experienced public servant, Juris Doctorate holder Davis Frasher is also a Credentialed Manager with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

The ICMA was established in 1914 with the mission of institutionalizing professional local governments around the world to promote good governance, which ultimately should improve people’s lives. The organization aims to identify and foster practices that address the needs of local governments.

Public service professional such as City, Town, or County Managers who have been selected by elected officials are eligible to become members of ICMA. Membership is also extended to local government staff, professors, and students, and others interested in the mission of ICMA. The members of the ICMA are able to take advantage of different services provided by the association including technical support and advice on building transparency and maintaining equity.

ICMA also supports communities around the world through its other components such as ICMA Press, which publishes various resources including books and survey research for local government professionals. Other components include ICMA University, which offers opportunities to learn from conferences and workshops; ICMA Program Centers, which provide solutions to professionals’ problems through peer collaboration; and ICMA International, which supports excellence in local governance worldwide.

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The Voluntary Credentialing Program for Government Managers

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International City/County Management Association
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As the City Manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas, David Frasher oversees the city’s departments, funds, and hiring process for city employees. David Frasher also maintains certification as a Credentialed Manager with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Professional local government managers may acquire certification through the Voluntary Credentialing Program.

ICMA’s Voluntary Credentialing Program awards certification to deserving government managers who meet the proper educational and experiential qualifications. Certified professionals maintain an adherence to lifelong learning, professional development, and high standards of integrity. The self-directed Credentialing Program consists of a peer review credentialing process and emphasizes the importance of long-term professional development opportunities. In order to complete the credentialing process, managers must possess a degree from a regionally accredited or DETC-accredited university, complete an Applied Knowledge Assessment, and submit an application within three years of receiving the assessment results.

Managers with ICMA Credentialed Manager designation are entitled to an assortment of benefits. In addition to recognition as a professional local government manager, the title serves as a symbol of the individual’s commitment to integrity, lifelong learning, and high standards. Such managers also receive access to various special workshops and other exclusive training opportunities that foster professional development and peer review. Furthermore, they are eligible for the Legacy Leaders Program, which encourages managers to coach the next generation.

The ICMA accepts applications for the Voluntary Credentialing Program on the first of each quarter. Applicants must pay $75 for the Applied Knowledge Assessment and an online application fee of $50. For more information, click the “Credentialing” link in the Membership menu at ICMA.org.