Magazine article Public Management

Great Expectations III: Pride in the Profession

Magazine article Public Management

Great Expectations III: Pride in the Profession

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The third expectation of ICMA articulated by our friends in the Oklahoma association of members is that "ICMA develop professional pride among its membership." The Oklahoma group gave us high marks in meeting this expectation.

Let me tell you a few of the ways in which I think ICMA tries to develop and enhance a sense of pride among those who are in the business of community management.

Awards for excellence and innovation. An awards luncheon is held each year at the conference at which awards are presented to more than 25 members who have been selected for excellence in such areas as professional development, mentoring, service as an assistant, and affirmative action and workplace diversity. These awards also recognize innovation in areas of public service like public safety, economic development, and environmental protection - areas that vary each year and that are selected by an independent awards panel. The members selected each year are in many ways the heroes of the profession whom we hope others will emulate. Plaques are presented both to the member and to the local government.

Council-manager form of government advocacy. ICMA works with state associations and local advocacy groups to support the adoption or retention of the council-manager form of government. Recognition that we stand for a better system of local government management and service delivery builds pride in our profession and helps the public understand that we promote higher principles, rooted in the reform movement prevalent in the early years of this century.

International technical assistance. The work done by members and ICMA staff in enhancing local democratic self-government has built the prestige of the profession and the Association enormously over the past eight years. We have done outstanding work in developing and democratizing countries all over the world. …

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