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.

The Benefits of Being an ICMA Credentialed Manager

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International City County Management Association
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David Frasher received his legal education from the Washington University School of Law. Currently serving as City Manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas, David Frasher is credentialed by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

In keeping with its mission of advancing professional local government worldwide, ICMA established its voluntary credentialing program, which aims to recognize professional local government managers who are deemed to be qualified based on a combination of relevant education, adequate experience, adherence to ethical principles, and a commitment to lifelong professional development. Those who pass the peer review credentialing process receive the title “ICMA Credentialed Manager,” which is granted by the ICMA Executive Board.

There are many benefits to being an ICMA Credentialed Manager. First, the title-bearer will be a recognized professional local government manager whose unique expertise has been quantified and who demonstrates adherence to the highest ethical standards. Moreover, it provides a sense of community by allowing a peer review of the title-bearer’s professional activities and learning. The title can also provide a gateway to eligibility for the Legacy Leaders Program, as well as access to workshops and other training specially designed for ICMA Credentialed Managers.

Leadership Development Programs at ICMA

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International City County Management Association
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Municipal administrator David Frasher is the City Manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he oversees all city departments and budgets. Outside of his work in Hot Springs, David Frasher contributes to the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Fund for Professional Development.

A professional organization focused on creating excellence in local government, ICMA offers a number of professional development opportunities through its ICMA University program. In particular, ICMA sponsors leadership development programs for individuals involved in all levels of local government.

Recent graduates of MPA/MPP programs can participate in the Local Government Management Fellowship (LGMF), which provides a pathway for securing an entry-level position in local government management. Once accepted to the program, fellows begin management-track positions with local governments, often rotating through a variety of departments.

For local government officials in the middle stages of their careers, the Mid-Career Manager Institute (MCM) raises awareness of leadership responsibilities and important management issues. Credentialed managers can participate in the Legacy Leaders program, where they provide mentoring and professional support to the next generation of local government managers.

To learn more about leadership development programs at ICMA, visit icma.org.