2012 Cal-ICMA Member Wrap Up

December 17, 2012

Happy Holidays Cal-ICMA Members:

As the year comes to a close I am pleased to share with you a few final endeavors of the 2012 Cal-ICMA board that will define our organization and prepare our members for a stronger future.


Relationship Agreement with ICMA

Due in part to the efforts of West Coast Vice Presidents Pat Martel and Troy Brown, the Cal-ICMA board, together with ICMA Executive Director Bob O'Neill, approved a formal Relationship Agreement between ICMA and Cal-ICMA during the ICMA annual conference in October. The purpose of the agreement is to clarify ICMA's role and the unique relationship with Cal-ICMA. The agreement outlines the support provided by ICMA, and most importantly, recognizes Cal-ICMA's structure as an association of associations in California. 

The agreement emphasizes that California members represent a broad-base of interests and needs. Through the inclusion of affiliate groups such as the Municipal Management Associations of Northern and Southern California, the International Hispanic Network, the National Foundation for Black Public Administrators, the California Network of Asian Public Administrators, and Women Leading Government, we demonstrate our collective strength as well as talent and diversity in serving our communities as public administrators.

The agreement further defines how Cal-ICMA will collaboratively address and promote ICMA's top priorities of (1) Leadership, (2) Professional Development, (3) Knowledge Sharing, and (4) Member Engagement and Support. Through an annual work plan, Cal-ICMA will develop strategies to meet these priorities while ultimately creating a greater connection between Cal-ICMA members to ICMA.

Professional Development Survey

This fall, the Cal-ICMA Education and Professional Development Committee issued a survey on professional development activities. It was distributed in November and approximately 11 percent of Cal-ICMA members responded. Survey participants had the opportunity to rank training topics and learning formats. The Education and Professional Development Committee has begun the task of compiling and analyzing the survey data and will share their findings in early 2013.

Ethics Committee

The Cal-ICMA Ethics Committee is completing work on a comprehensive California ethics strategy to promote ethics education and communicate more clearly regarding the enforcement process. Additional work on this initiative will continue in 2013.

New Board Structure Proposed by Cal-ICMA Governance Task Force

In an effort to provide further structure to the Cal-ICMA board, a change in board officer terms has been proposed.  Board terms will run for a full year, beginning in December each year so that each subsequent new president can take office just prior to the annual January/February meeting of the League of California Cities/City Managers' Department. A "Past President" position has been created to ensure leadership continuity. The Cal-ICMA board will review the proposed changes early next year and must approve them before the new bylaws take effect.

City Managers Department Meeting in San Francisco

The League of California Cities annual City Managers' Department Meeting is scheduled for Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in San Francisco at the Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel. Cal-ICMA is an event co-sponsor this year. Cal-ICMA is sponsoring a keynote speaker on the topic: “Blind Spots-Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do about It”. Other conference topics include:Unique Power of Compelling Stories”; and “Managing the 21st Century City”. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to network with managers from across the state and participate in professional development opportunities. Register online by Jan. 8 at  and select "City Managers Department Meeting". 

A Note of Thanks

The end of the year also marks the end of my tenure as your Cal-ICMA president. It has been an honor and pleasure to service in this capacity. During the November Cal-ICMA board meeting, current Vice Chair and Los Gatos City Manager Greg Larson, was selected to serve as your incoming 2013 president. I know Greg will do an outstanding job. 

The success of Cal-ICMA over the past year would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the 2012 Cal-ICMA board and ICMA staff. In particular, the leadership and guidance of the talented ICMA West Coast Regional Director Kevin Duggan, played a key role. The same is true with respect to the support provided from ICMA/State & Affiliate Relations Coordinator Rita Soler Ossolinski, back in Washington D.C. These hardworking individuals have not only given of themselves to serve our members but also to advance our profession. I am deeply humbled by their efforts. 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season and productive 2013!

Scott Mitnick
2012 Cal-ICMA President
City Manager, City of Thousand Oaks

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