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City Manager Leaves International Association

Walker cites expense to the city.

Citing a lack of value for the city‘s investment, City Manager Lehman Walker has discontinued his membership in the International City/Council Management Association (ICMA) on behalf of University City.

According to a press release, the ICMA is a voluntary membership, dues-driven organization representing professionals in local government management. Its membership is estimated at 9,000, representing roughly 20 percent of U.S. municipal management with limited international membership involvement.

Walker, University City’s first African-American City city manager, has been a member of the organization for several years. Historically, the organization has provided support and development services to its members.

“Recent decisions and lack of policy enforcement of the Association has decreased any value of membership for University City and for me personally,” Walker said in a release. “The cost for membership was at the expense of our residents and can better serve other areas.”

Like many professional organizations, ICMA is a peer-group association providing members with education and networking opportunities. Membership is not a requirement for holding city or county management positions.

City Manager February 26, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Resigning from ICMA doesn't stop ICMA from investigating and enforcing an ethics complaint against an individual who was a member at the time the complaint and event(s) that caused the complaint occurred.
Lisa Hummel February 27, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I am also at a loss to understand why I as a taxpayer would have to chip in for the city manager's membership in a professional organization. When I was a full-time public school teacher, taxpayers did not pay for me to belong to a professional organization. It was expected that we paid these dues ourselves, if we wanted to join them. Is this common practice for those who make more money than teachers? Maybe someone could fill me in on that.
Kim February 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM
A comment made re. this topic by a former UCity Asst. City Manager (on the U City on the Record facebook page): "ICMA is an excellent professional organization that provides tremendous information and support to city managers. One can gain a wealth of knowledge from it if actually used. The connections to all city managers is invaluable and has a very stringent code of ethics. It should pay for itself tenfold. The center for performance management provides cities with performance standards that guide cities in making decisons and metrics for knowing whether we are good, bad or need improvement. ICMA is the gold standard."
Kim February 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM
One more note: Lehman Walker is contractually obligated to follow the ICMA code of ethics, as stated in the first paragraphy of his contract: "THIS AGREEMENT made and entered into on the 12th day of July, 2010, by and between the City of University City, MO, a municipal corporation, hereafter called "the Employer", or "the City" and, Lehman Walker an individual who has education, training and experience in local government management and who, as a member of ICMA, is subject to the ICMA Code of Ethics, here after called "you", or "you" or "your" agrees to the following:..." The entire contract can be viewed here: https://sites.google.com/site/ucitycitizen/city-manager-selected/l-walker-s-contract
Deedis Dunn March 01, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I was wrong, Lehman Walker didn't resign, he was censured and barred from the organization for several violations associated with obtaining his current job. So, the process by which he obtained his job, sought after it and undermined the former holder, was unethical. The legacy of mis-management under Shelley Welsch continues.

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