Many citizens don’t realize how significantly their lives are affected by local government managers. In an effort to help spread the word, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has a campaign called Life, Well Run which strives to “raise awareness of and appreciation for the value professional managers bring to building ethical, efficient, effective local government and great communities we’re proud to call home.”
City and county managers operate behind the scenes and rarely have the public spotlight shone on them. They hold their positions because of a dedication to create thriving communities that help citizens live a high quality of life. For that reason, it’s easy for people to miss the importance of local government managers. Professional managers: are trained in the business of managing a government and its resources, must maintain political neutrality so they can put the overall welfare of their community first and bring a community-wide perspective to policies and programs. It is certainly not easy but it is definitely admirable!
Check out the Life, Well Run initiative and take a moment to appreciate the professional manager in your area who is working hard to help your community. You can learn more interesting key facts about local government managers here.