Honorary Member Award

This award is for an individual outside the profession of local government management because of their distinguished contributions.


Honorary membership in ICMA is awarded to an individual outside of the profession of local government management because of his or her distinguished public service and contributions to the improvement and strengthening of local government. 

Individuals eligible for Honorary membership include, but are not limited to, academic leaders, elected officials, and civic leaders. Criteria include:

  • Contributions to strengthening the structure of local government.
  • Leadership in increasing citizen understanding of the governance and management of local government.
  • Initiatives that brought about improvement and development of local government managers.
  • Programs, writing, or general career contributions that have enhanced the responsiveness and effectiveness of local government.

In summary, the candidate must have made a considerable contribution either to the improvement of local government and local government management or to the public's understanding and appreciation of responsive and well-managed local government.

A nomination for Honorary Membership can be made by any voting member of ICMA. Nomination forms are available here and should be e-mailed to flittky@icma.org.   Available here is a list of past Honorary Member conferments, including 2017 recipient Dr. Robert L. Bland, Endowed Professor of Local Government, Department of Public Administration, University of North Texas.

Honorary membership is conferred by a vote of the association’s Corporate members, and nominations are solicited annually in the spring.  In June, a vote of the ICMA Executive Board determines which nominee or nominees will be proposed to members for formal acceptance by a vote of the membership.  Recipients are honored during the ICMA Annual Conference.

Contact Felicia Littky, program manager, Membership at 202/962-3656 or flittky@icma.org with questions or for more information.

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