I’ve been meaning to link to these articles for a while. The International City/County Management Association (of which I am a member) has received some recent press on the Huffington Post. While the Huffington Post admittedly leans to one side of the political spectrum, it is exciting to see a wider viewership (and online, to boot) for the ideals of the city management profession.
The articles are written by Ron Carlee, the former county manager for Arlington County, Virginia, and the Executive in Residence and Director for Domestic Strategic Initiatives for ICMA. Ron’s first post on the Huffington Post explains what a city manager or county administrator is, why the council-manager form of local government came about, and about the profession in general. Overall, it is an excellent introduction to the profession for anyone to read (especially family members who might not be able to explain what we do).
Ron’s second article responds to some criticism of his first article (it was really only two people who did the criticizing).
In the most recent post, Ron responds to questions about the ethics of writing on a liberal leaning website. Ethics, and following the ICMA Code of Ethics, is the strongest tenet of ICMA membership, and I can see from the post that Ron and the ICMA are not taking this question lightly:
The Tenet and the Guidelines do not prohibit expression of opinions on issues, political ideas, or the association with people with political ideas. This I confirmed with the ICMA director of ethics. Publishing a non-partisan blog on this site it not a violation of Code of Ethics; however, not being a violation of the Code doesn’t make something a good idea.
I’m proud to see that ICMA has started a blog in a widely read website.