Welcome to WCMA

WCMA is an affiliate of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), an organization devoted to enhancing the proficiency of city managers, county managers, and other municipal administrators, and strengthening the quality of local government through improved professional management.

WCMA supports the ICMA "Life, Well Run" initiative promoting the value of professionalism in local government management.


Former WCMA Executive Secretary Passes Away

On January 11, 2018 , John Lamb (Age 93) passed away comfortably with his wife Ann and children by his side.

Many of you didn’t have the opportunity to know and work with John but for those of us who did this is a milestone passing.


WCMA President Derek Matheson conveyed this message from WCMA to John's wife, Ann.



On behalf of the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA), I would like to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family. John Lamb was a champion for good local government in Washington and a deeply respected leader within the city management profession. 


John served on the WCMA board for many years and was the glue that held our organization together. He was a true gentleman who mentored an entire a generation of local government leaders in Washington State. He was generous with his time and was always available to provide advice, guidance and understanding to his colleagues. When managers encountered difficult times, as is not uncommon in this profession, John was there to help. Not only was he an outstanding professional, but also a valued friend. 


John is part of a generation of city managers that truly pioneered our profession in Washington.  He will be missed, and our members continue to have great memories of his work and friendship.




Derek Matheson






2018 Spring Conference

May 1-4, 2018 

Skamania Lodge – Stevenson, WA 

More details will be shared in 2018. Stay tuned!  


WCMA Strategic Planning

At the WCMA Summer Conference in Walla Walla the membership  began working on a new 5-year strategic plan. The plan was adopted at the April 2017 Board Meeting.


Here is a link to the strategic plan



 ICMA Career Compass

The latest ICMA Career Compass Column #54, "How Do I Position Myself for Advancement?", is now available here.

The first anthology of Columns #1-25 are available here

The second anthology featuring Columns #26-50 is available through this link.

All the previous Career Compass advice columns can be accessed at www.icma.org/coaching.

These are a feature of our participation in the ICMA Coaching Program so take advantage of this for yourself and your staff.