City officials flock to ASU for annual ICMA conference


Bryce Newberry

Local government managers from across the country participated in a leadership training and learned how to establish a relationship between academic, practitioners and innovative communities to drive for excellence in professional local government.

The training was hosted by the International City County Management Association (ICMA) at ASU in January. It brings together selected professionals for a two-year learning program to develop solutions to real-world problems.

“I think it is important that ASU stay involved in the continuing education and development of local government professionals,” said George Pettit, professor of practice. “ICMA has established several programs which encourage or require managers be committed to continuous learning and understanding of where the profession is headed, and what the future managers need to be aware of. The ten year old commitment with ICMA to use our facilities and expose them to our efforts as a higher education institution helps to meet this commitment.”

More than 150 members of the ICMA leadership community have served over 60 communities with peer-to-peer consulting projects.

“The gracious hosting by ASU allows the best of high tech and high touch by providing small conference rooms and tech support for communication with the capstone communities,” said Felicia Logan, ICMA’s director of leadership development.

This year’s cohort of 17 included Girard Beaudin (Pleasanton, Calif.), Joseph Irvin (Sequim, Wash.), Rachel Kelly (Burlington, N.C.), Britt Lusk (Hobbs, N.M.), Chandler Merritt (Tarrant, Texas), Eoghan Owen Miller (Newport News, Va.), Andrea Muskopf (Clayton, Mo.), Eric Wahlbeck (Belleair, Fla.), Brant Hanson (Ephraim, Utah), Janet Jimenez (West Hollywood, Calif.), Brian Koral (Atoka, Tenn.), John Mangiaratti (Andover, Mass.), Chris Meschuk (Boulder, Colo.), Mark Morgan (Hermiston, Ore.), Parker Skophammer (Mankato, Minn.), and Christina Windover (Kingsburg, Calif.).

ASU’s partnership with ICMA and the Alliance for Innovation has allowed the leadership training to occur for the past decade at the School of Public Affairs.