Next Generation

Today's professional local government managers - also known as city managers, county administrators, and chief administrative officers, among other titles - are starting to retire at a rapid rate. Cities, counties, and special purpose districts in Washington State need talented, young local government managers to take their place and provide leadership to the state's hundreds of local governments.

This web page will help you:

  • Learn a bit more about the exciting and rewarding career of professional local government management
  • Gain a better understanding of the council/manager form of local government
  • Suggest whom to contact with questions
  • And much more!

We hope the information provided here is thorough and helpful. After spending some time looking into and researching the profession, we think you'll agree that local government management is the career for you!

For currently active local government managers, the attached article "Preparing the Next Generation" by Bob Jean, ICMA's L.P. Cookingham Award for Career and Staff Development recipient offers a challenge and an opportunity to "pay it forward" to the next generation. Are you in?