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  • Not in My Backyard: Keys to Addressing the Vocal Minority for your Sports, Recreation, or Parks Project

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/25/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Learn new strategies for building community support for your jurisdiction's parks & rec projects.

    In this session, former city manager Charles Penny along with Dev Pathik and Evan Eleff of the Sports Facilities Advisory will provide city leaders with strategies for creating and harnessing community and political will for sports, recreation, events, wellness, or parks projects during project planning and development. Speakers will highlight real-world examples from their body of work in city/county government across the United States. Attendees will take away:

    • Strategies for controlling the message and narrative
    • The importance of data for combating misinformation
    • Early stakeholder engagement best practices
    • PR strategies for creating community support

    ICMA Practice Areas: [2] Community Engagement; [9] Community and Resident Service; [10] Service Delivery

    Charles Penny

    Retired City Manager

    Charles W. Penny is the retired City Manager of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He retired on April 1, 2017 after 6 years as City Manager and a total of 35 years in local government in North Carolina. He is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a major in Political Science and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a Masters of Public Administration. His experience in local government includes serving as Assistant to the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Director of Planning and Development and City Manager.  

    Dev Pathik

    CEO, Sports Facilities Advisory

    Dev founded SFA in 2003 and is widely regarded as an industry thought-leader who has contributed to the well-being of communities around the world. Dev is a passionate social entrepreneur and innovator who has dedicated more than 25 years to the development of numerous businesses that empower and develop communities. He’s led numerous efforts to expand the youth and amateur sports in suburban, urban, and rural environments.

    Dev’s passion for developing teams and for engaging kids and communities in sport led him to develop the Sports Facilities Advisory. His leadership has produced facilities that integrate traditional sports with special events, adventure sports, education, leadership-development, and amusement to turn early concepts into financeable and sustainable facilities that make a difference in communities. Dev is a sought after public speaker, leadership mentor, and advisor to public and private owners.

    Under his leadership, SFA has become respected as the industry leader in strategy, program planning, and project finance; a position achieved through global brand presence and measurable impacts for communities. Dev’s expertise and thought leadership have been sought out by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Market-Watch, CNBC, NBC, The Aspen Institute Sports & Society, The National Association of Sports Commissions, The National Recreation and Parks Association, The Sports Business Journal, Sports Travel Magazine and many others.

    For more than 20 years, Dev has owned, operated, and advised a wide range of sport, adventure, education, and special events venues. Prior to the launch of SFA in 2003, Dev served as an Outward Bound Instructor, a Wilderness guide, and he founded and sold an International Eco-Tourism Company, a ten-acre corporate team development center, two specialized business-development firms, and he served as an active investor in a-number of other sport and recreation focused businesses. Dev has served on numerous Boards of Directors and has led executive team development efforts for large corporations in the sports and entertainment industries. Dev is a dedicated father and husband.

    Evan Eleff

    COO, Sports Facilities Advisory

    Evan began his career with more than 8 years in facility operations and as a Program Manager within one of the largest YMCA systems in the U.S. Evan joined SFA in 2012 as a Business Analyst, Account Executive, and today Evan serves as the COO of SFA. He oversees the company’s customer service and delivery systems as well as the team of strategic advisors, business analysts, project managers, and research specialists who produce SFA’s market research, feasibility, and financing services. Since joining, Evan has served a portfolio of over 400 projects totaling more than $4.5 billion in planned and operational sports tourism, community recreation, and large-scale, master-planned sport, recreation, wellness, and entertainment destinations.

    Evan holds a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from University of Florida and formerly served as Operations Director for the largest YMCA branch in the Tampa Bay region.

  • Attracting New Businesses to Your City: The Right Blend of Data, Analytics, and Boots on the Ground

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/18/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Join speakers from both the public and private sectors for a webinar on strategies for attracting new businesses to your community

    It’s no secret that data and analytics play an integral role in business recruitment and retention for your city. It’s equally important for city leaders to understand the need for boots on the ground in their communities, in order to both fully understand the commercial real estate landscape and to work with local retail development and brokerage professionals. Finding the right balance of these components is truly the key to success for making your jurisdiction an appealing location for new businesses.

    In this webinar, you and your staff will hear:

    • What data points businesses really need to see about your community
    • The local and regional players that help support development initiatives
    • Case studies on business recruitment from Clearlake, California and Lumberton, North Carolina

    ICMA Practice Areas: [2] Community Engagement; [7]Strategic Planning; [9] Community and Resident Service; [12] Financial Management and Budgeting

    Lacy Beasley

    President, Retail Strategies

    Lacy currently serves as President and formerly as COO of Retail Strategies, and has been involved in retail real estate since 2005.  Her experience with The Shopping Center Group and the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce prior to joining Retail Strategies provides her with the insight to understand the connections needed from the public and private side of the conversation.


    A graduate of Lipscomb University, she earned a major in Marketing and Management. Beasley has served on committees with CCIM, EDAA, and multiple ICSC planning committees. In 2018 Lacy was named to the “Top 40 Under 40” and “Top 40 Under 40 for the Decade” by the Birmingham Business Journal, included in the nationwide “Top 100 Influencers in Commercial Real Estate,” and listed as one of Birmingham’s “Eight Emerging Influencers.”


    Her articles have been published in Shopping Centers TodaySite Selection Magazine and AL Retail Federation. She has spoken on retail trends and best practices in retail recruitment at more than 75 events including ICSC, American Association of Retirement Communities, American Public Power Association, Tennessee Valley Authority, ElectriCities of NC, Georgia Power, Southeastern Economic Development Council and state-wide economic development and municipal associations in Canada, AZ, LA, OK, TX, TN, AL, NM, MS, KY and GA.


    Lacy grew up in Roswell, NM and knows the secret to the alien landing theory.

    Alan Flora

    City Manager, Clearlake, CA

    Alan Flora is the city manager of Clearlake, California, where has served since April 2019. Prior to his appointment he served Clearwater as both assistant city manager and finance director, and has held various other local government positions in both California and Indiana. 

    In addition to holding a degree in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University, Flora is a graduate of the University of Virginia's Senior Executive Institute as well as a Credentialed Senior Executive through the California State Association of Counties.

    Wayne Horne

    City Manager, Lumberton, NC

  • Reducing Your Jurisdiction's OPEB Liabilities via Alternative Benefit Options

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/29/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Learn how transitioning to an individual Medicare marketplace can reduce your OPEB liability and make your retiree health care program sustainable.

    Every day, 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65, and even with Medicare they can expect to face significant health care expenses in retirement. However, many jurisdictions  are struggling to honor their commitments to the men and women who have taught our children, tended our parks, and protected our homes. As health care costs rise, many do not have a viable plan to support this benefit into the future, and are met with the new challenge of accounting for future unfunded liabilities in retiree health plan costs.

    In this webinar, you'll join the former health care director of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Marianne Steger, as she discusses:

    • How a simple stress test can help you determine the viability of your retiree health care program
    • The individual Medicare marketplace: An alternative to consider if the status quo isn’t an option
    • Actions you can take now to ensure sustainability

    ICMA Practice Areas: [7] Strategic Planning; [12] Financial Management and Budgeting; [13] Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement

    Marianne Steger

    Director of Public Sector and Labor Strategy, Willis Towers Watson; Former Director of Healthcare for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

    Marianne is on a mission to save retiree health care! She’s so devoted to the mission that she came out of retirement to become the director of public sector strategy for Willis Towers Watson. Previously, Marianne was the director of health care for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), where she ran the health care program for nearly a quarter of a million retirees and helped them transition from the OPERS group plan to the individual Medicare marketplace. With more than 35 years of experience in health plan strategy and design, employee benefits, labor relations and public policy, Marianne works with public sector plan sponsors every day to help them preserve retiree health care benefits.

  • Building a Talent-Centric Workforce

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/16/2020

    Join one of ICMA's most popular speakers for a program on attracting and retaining top-notch talent.

    Are you changing as fast as the world around us? Talent drives success, but the talent practices many local governments use are vestiges of another era. They were designed for predictable environments, traditional ways of getting work done, and organizations where lines and boxes defined how people were managed. Modern leaders recognize that talent selection decisions are an increasingly important determinant of organizational performance and success. For many organizations, they are the most mission-critical decisions they make. Those organizations that attract and retain the right kind of talent and treat it, reward it, develop it, and deploy it correctly, perform better than those that simply fill jobs with people. In this session, learn the five elements of a Talent Formula that will ensure you have a motivated, engaged, and knowledgeable workforce. 


    ICMA Practice Areas: [4] Staff Effectiveness; [5] Personal Resiliency and Development; [13] Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement

    Patrick Ibarra

    Co-founder; Mejorando Group

    Patrick Ibarra is an architect of innovation and entrepreneur of ideas, who seeks to challenge the status quo thinking of the “we’ve always done it that way” approach. With experience as a city manager and human resource director, Patrick is co-founder and partner of the Mejorando Group, an organizational effectiveness consulting firm that brings fresh thinking, innovation, and new ideas to help governments succeed in the 21st century.  Mejorando is a Spanish word meaning “getting better all the time” and it reflects Patrick and his firm’s approach as they advise top organizations and high achievers, helping them clarify their direction, focus their efforts and execute to reach the right results faster. The Mejorando Group’s clients include a variety of public sector organizations throughout the nation.

  • Free Webinar: Recycling is Still Broken - Do You Know How to Save Your Program?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/12/2019

    Join speakers from Republic Services as they provide a year-end update on the status of municipal recycling programs.

    China Sword continues to impact recycling programs across America, following its introduction in 2018. As a continuation of the series of ICMA Webinars from Republic Services on this topic, we will update you on current market dynamics, take a look at the economic and program impacts from China Sword, and see what municipalities and recycling companies are doing to manage the changes.  We will also offer suggestions on how cities can structure more successful partnerships to address these new market realities and keep recycling sustainable in your community.

     You and your staff will learn:

    • What is China Sword, and how does it impact my municipality?
    • What are the short term and longer term impacts of these changes on the recycling industry?
    • What is the importance of public education on helping manage and mitigate impacts from China Sword?
    • How can we better structure long term contracts going forward to ensure recycling remains executable in our communities?

    For further reading on this topic, check out this blog post from the sponsor about educating your residents on what can and can't be recycled.

    This webinar is complimentary thanks to the sponsorship of an ICMA Strategic Partner who will have access to registration information.

    Richard Coupland III

    Vice President, Municipal Sales Republic Services

    Mr. Coupland joined Republic Services in 2015 as vice president of Municipal Sales.  He currently leads the Municipal market vertical, consisting of partnerships with more than 2400 municipal cities in 40 states and Puerto Rico.  His team provides consultative support to their Municipal partners, to understand and navigate changes in the industry, as well as emerging technology and methods.

    Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, and his Masters degree in Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

    Pete Keller

    Vice President, Recycling and Sustainability Republic Services

    Pete is responsible for defining and implementing the strategic direction of the sustainability platform for Republic Services, to meet both business objectives and customer needs. His dedication to our Blue Planet is best noted by Republic Services’ recognition as the only Recycling and Waste company in to world to be named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.  Pete is a thought leader in the industry, with contributions to recycling infrastructure development, standards and optimization, development of renewable energy projects, and customer solutions that support the organization’s commitment to sustainability.

    Pete has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has served on numerous industry boards and committees during his career. 


  • Asking Police Chiefs the Right Questions to Make the Right, Data-Driven Decisions (12/11/19)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/11/2019

    In this webinar, Tom Wieczorek from the Center of Public Safety Management will debunk some common myths about staffing police departments.

    How many police officers do you really need? How well is your police department performing? Are "officers per 1,000" and "number of calls" really meaningful measures? Join Tom Wieczorek, director of the Center for Public Safety Management, as he tackles these questions and provides data that will help you rethink the workforce allocation of your police department.

    You and your staff will learn how to:

    • Understand the difference between “calls for service” and “workload”
    • Quantify actual workloads in police departments by seasonal and weekday variables and identify whether personnel are allocated correctly   
    • Get the metrics you need from police departments (such as the percentage of police officers' non-committed time) to make staffing decisions
    • Learn alternative strategies for handling calls for service
    • Establish goals and priorities and know what you need to analyze
    • Set measurable goals, identify performance problems, and apply strategies to follow the path of continuous improvement

    Tom Wieczorek

    Director, Center for Public Safety Management

    Thomas Wieczorek is an expert in fire and emergency medical services operations. He has served as a police officer, fire chief, director of public safety and city manager and is former Executive Director of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (formerly the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, Inc.). He has taught several programs at Grand Valley State University, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Grand Rapids Junior College. He has testified frequently for the Michigan Municipal League before the legislature and in several courts as an expert in police and fire department management. He is the past-president of the Michigan Local Government Manager’s Association; served as the vice-chairperson of the Commission on Fire Officer Designation; and served as vice chairperson of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

    He most recently worked with the National League of Cities and the Department of Homeland Security to create and deliver a program on emergency management for local officials titled, “Crisis Leadership for Local Government Officials.” It has been presented in 43 states and has been assigned a course number by the DHS. He represents ICMA on the NFPA 1710 and 1730 Standards Committees and is a board member on the International Accreditation Service, a wholly owned subsidiary of the International Code Council.

    He received the Mark E. Keane “Award for Excellence” in 2000 from the ICMA, the Association’s highest award and was honored as City Manager of the Year (1999) and Person of the Year (2003) by the Rural Water Association of Michigan, and distinguished service by the Michigan Municipal League in 2005.

  • Brownfields 2019 - First Timers Information Session

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/21/2019

    Join us for a quick informational session on everything you'll need to know for Brownfields 2019!

    Brownfields 2019 in Los Angeles, December 11-13 (www.brownfields2019.org) will be the 18th event since the conference was launched in 1996.  As the largest conference in the nation on land reuse and economic redevelopment, Brownfields 2019 will offer education, training, networking, and a solutions oriented exhibit hall for the 2000 attendees coming to the city of Angels.  We offer this session for first time attendees who want to get a better understanding of what to expect at the conference and some ideas for navigating the many sessions, events, and other experiences.  Join us as long time attendees and the conference organizers offer you helpful hints and suggestions and respond to your questions.

    Tad McGalliard

    Director, Research and Technical Assistance

    Tad McGalliard oversees ICMA's research and content activities as well as business development and strategic partnerships.

    Patricia Overmeyer

    Deputy Director, EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization

    Patricia Overmeyer is the Deputy Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR).  Ms. Overmeyer has worked in U.S. EPA’s Brownfields Program since January of 2002 and has been instrumental in developing the program’s core policies and priorities since its inception.  Previously, Ms. Overmeyer served as OBLR’s Team Leader for the Brownfields Policy, Research and Outreach Team, which coordinates brownfields and land revitalization research, partnerships, policy development, and communications.  Ms. Overmeyer coordinates EPA’s biannual National Brownfields Training Conference.


    Ms. Overmeyer is responsible for overseeing the implementation of EPA’s regulations governing required standards and practices for conducting environmental site assessments or “All Appropriate Inquiries,” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).  She coordinated the development of the regulation that establishes standards and practices for conducting all appropriate inquiries and served as EPA’s Designated Federal Official for the Agency’s Federal Advisory Committee that was tasked with developing the proposed regulation on all appropriate inquiries.  Prior to her tenure with OBLR, Ms. Overmeyer worked in U.S. EPA’s Hazardous Waste Identification Division where she was responsible for the development of regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.


    Ms. Overmeyer earned her M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon’s School of Urban and Public Affairs and has a B.A. in economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    Matt Ward

    CEO, Sustainable Strategies DC

    Matt Ward is the CEO of Sustainable Strategies DC, a firm that helps communities secure resources for revitalization and tools for success in the green economy.  Matt is also a practicing environmental attorney focused on brownfields revitalization.  Matt has participated in the National Brownfields Program and the National Brownfields Conference since 1996, and helped found the National Brownfields Coalition and the Brownfield Communities Network.

  • Free Webinar: 10 Key Takeaways from the Latest Public Sector Hiring Trends Report

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/13/2019

    Join NEOGOV for a rundown of the latest research on public sector hiring trends.

    There is an alarming gap between job openings and applicants in the public sector. We know there is a problem, but why is it happening and how do we solve it? In this webinar, we will cover the latest data on what’s happening with hiring in the public sector and provide recommendations for what public sector agencies can do to increase applicant flow and more effectively recruit qualified candidates.

    This webinar is complimentary thanks to a sponsorship from an ICMA Strategic Partner who will have access to the registration information. 

    Phill Dewing

    Sales Director

    Phill Dewing is the Sales Director at NEOGOV, the leading provider of talent management software for the public sector and higher education. NEOGOV’s SaaS solution supports the entire employee lifecycle, including applicant tracking, onboarding, performance management, and learning management. As the Sales Director, Phill is focused on staying close to HR trends, needs and requirements, and developing and implementing a strong sales strategy and driving team growth.


    Prior to joining NEOGOV, Phill spent 8 years in sales to the public sector in South Africa. Phill began developing and training on recruitment software in 2006 and, since then, has been cultivating an evolving understanding of the public sector’s specific requirements.

  • Developing and Implementing a Long-Term Plan

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/12/2019

    Join speakers from Kansas City, MO and Lake Zurich, IL as they share the city planning strategies that have improved their communities and earned them each a Program Excellence Award from ICMA.

    Long-term planning is often one of the most complex processes a local government must carry out, requiring the careful examination of budgets and financial data, the analysis of internal procedures and workflows, and an enormous level of coordination between various departments, among a plethora of other challenges. However, when done with care and consideration it will contribute to the stability of the jurisdiction in the future while improving its operational effectiveness.

    ICMA's Strategic Leadership and Governance Award recognizes communities who've excelled in this regard, and in this webinar you'll hear from this year's award recipients as they share their strategies for success. Join speakers from Kansas City, MO and Lake Zurich, IL as they discuss:

    • The impetus behind revisions to their existing plans and procedures
    • How input from different departments was collected and organized into a cohesive plan
    • The role of the public in the planning process
    • The tools used to evaluate progress towards long-term goals

    Debbie Chiu

    Budget Operations Manager

    Debbie Chiu has a decade of public sector experience since joining the City of Kansas City, Missouri in November 2009. She got her start in local government as a mayoral aide to then mayor, Mayor Mark Funkhouser as the community engagement liaison and town hall coordinator. Debbie joined the Office of Management and Budget in May 2011 as a budget analyst and has since assumed the role of Budget Operations Manager. She currently leads the budget development analysis team and the resident engagement component of the citywide business planning and budgeting process. Debbie also co-led the team that received both 2018 and 2019 GFOA Award for Excellence on “Engaging Residents in KC’s Citywide Business Plan” (2018) and “The Public Improvements Advisory Committee on the City of Kansas City's Capital Improvements Program” (2019).


    Debbie received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Florida and Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Fun Fact: Debbie is also currently working on completing a half marathon in each of the fifty states and Washington D.C.; she has completed twenty states as of December 2018.

    Scott Huizenga

    Budget Officer

    Scott Huizenga is a local government professional with nearly 20 years of experience in city management, municipal finance, labor negotiation, capital improvements, and economic development, and a nationally-recognized leader in resident engagement, budget and policy formation, strategic and financial planning, and developing financial policies. 


    Scott has served as the Budget Director of Kansas City, Missouri since his appointment in 2013. He manages the development, implementation, and monitoring of the city’s $1.7 billion annual budget, and he leads the development of the City’s Citywide Business Plan and Five-Year Financial Model. Scott was previously the City Administrator of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, a full-service city serving 8,601 residents within a metropolitan area of approximately 70,000 residents. Scott studied Public Administration at the University of North Dakota, and he holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Kansas.

    Kitty Steffens

    Strategic Initiatives and Budget Analyst

    Kitty Steffens is a Strategic Initiatives and Budget Analyst for the City of Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO).


    Kitty joined KCMO’s Office of Management Budget (OMB) in 2018 after graduating from the University of Kansas with her MPA in the same year. She leads the OMB’s resident engagement efforts, as well as the Citywide Business Plan process which includes development and progress tracking. 


    Previously, Kitty worked in water quality at the Mid-America Regional Council and served as the Assistant Director of Community Engagement for the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum (KUBI). It was there she began working with community members to discover how best an organization can serve its community and she brings a passion for this work on a larger scale to KCMO.


    During her time at the KUBI she also went on the occasional dinosaur dig. She did not bring this work with her to the City. 

    Ray Keller

    Village Manager, Lake Zurich, IL

    Ray Keller is a professional public servant with 24+ years of experience in local government management and community/economic development. Ray is the Village Manager for Lake Zurich, IL, starting in March 2016 after serving nearly 10 years as the Village Administrator of Gilberts, IL.  Previous roles includes planning and economic development experience in DeKalb, IL and Duluth, MN.  Ray is a credentialed manager (ICMA-CM) and certified planner (AICP), with a B.A. from the University of Illinois-Urbana, a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, and a Certificate in Graduate Study in Public Management from Northern Illinois University. 


    Ray has served in several leadership roles for councils of government, convention and visitor bureaus, and chambers of commerce and tourism organizations, and has contributed to the profession through ICMA and ILCMA committees and conference presentations. Ray firmly believes in “learning enough to be dangerous” about as many fields as possible – you never know how or when it may benefit the community you’re serving. 

  • Asking Fire Chiefs the Right Questions to Make the Right, Data-Driven Decisions

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/30/2019

    In this live webinar, Tom Wieczorek will share new information that will help address the tough issues that local governments face with regard to fire and EMS services.

    Here are a few: How does your department compare with others whose workloads are about 80 to 85 percent EMS and 5 to 10 percent fire? What differences can a workload and operation analysis make on how you pay for fire and EMS?

    In this webinar, Tom Wieczorek from the Center for Public Safety Management will share new information that will help you address the tough issues that local governments face with regard to fire and EMS services.

    You will discuss:

    • Real workloads how to know if staff is allocated correctly 
    • How to determine the number of firefighters and amount of equipment that is really necessary
    • Low firefighter utilization and how to deal with it
    • Goal-setting, performance management, and strategies for continuous improvement

    Tom Wieczorek

    Director, Center for Public Safety Management

    Thomas Wieczorek is an expert in fire and emergency medical services operations. He has served as a police officer, fire chief, director of public safety and city manager and is former Executive Director of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (formerly the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, Inc.). He has taught several programs at Grand Valley State University, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Grand Rapids Junior College. He has testified frequently for the Michigan Municipal League before the legislature and in several courts as an expert in police and fire department management. He is the past-president of the Michigan Local Government Manager’s Association; served as the vice-chairperson of the Commission on Fire Officer Designation; and served as vice chairperson of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

    He most recently worked with the National League of Cities and the Department of Homeland Security to create and deliver a program on emergency management for local officials titled, “Crisis Leadership for Local Government Officials.” It has been presented in 43 states and has been assigned a course number by the DHS. He represents ICMA on the NFPA 1710 and 1730 Standards Committees and is a board member on the International Accreditation Service, a wholly owned subsidiary of the International Code Council.

    He received the Mark E. Keane “Award for Excellence” in 2000 from the ICMA, the Association’s highest award and was honored as City Manager of the Year (1999) and Person of the Year (2003) by the Rural Water Association of Michigan, and distinguished service by the Michigan Municipal League in 2005.