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Register Today for the 2024 OCMA Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2024 OCMA Annual Conference February 28 – March 1st in Columbus. The 2024 Annual Conference will feature a full afternoon of sessions and social opportunities on Wednesday, so be sure and mark your calendars. Sheryl Sculley, the former City Manager in San Antonio and the author of Greedy Bastards will keynote this year’s conference. Other general sessions will include Valerie Lemmie from the Kettering Foundation, Yaromir Steiner, and John Bartle.

This year’s conference will be at the Hilton at Easton, with lots of great restaurants and shopping options within easy walking distance. See the full schedule, and stay connected with the most up-to-date information through the Conference Webpage.

OCMA Welcomes Twenty Five New Members in December and January

OCMA is pleased to welcome twenty five new members who recently joined the Association in December and January. During the first half of 2024, new members are able to join OCMA at half price by using discount code NEWMEMBER2024. Please consider personally inviting people in your organization to join OCMA. Your personal invitation is a meaningful way to encourage new people to join OCMA and further our mission to promote excellence in local government management in Ohio.

  • Johnnie Burns: Yellow Springs
  • Reena Murphy: Oxford
  • Austin Hutchison: Veolia North America, City of Englewood Project
  • Jeremy Hoyt: Marysville
  • Pat Turnbull: Centerville
  • Brian Gay: Cincinnati
  • Tonia Smith: Cincinnati
  • Joseph Laborie: Ohio State
  • Jack Kuntz: Clayton
  • Dan Millsap: Louisville
  • David Kennedy: Loveland
  • Hayley Banerjee: Cincinnati
  • John McCafferty: Cincinnati
  • Jeremiyah Hairston: Cincinnati
  • Jeff McElravy: Colerain Township
  • Donald Hutton: Beavercreek
  • Quincy Pope: Trotwood
  • Jeff Wright: Hamilton Township
  • Mallory Sribanditmongkol: Powell
  • Tiffany Justice: Louisville
  • Jill Allen, Springfield
  • Monica Jones-Schortgen: Springfield
  • Taylor Franco: MORPC/Ohio State
  • Jung-Han Chen: Village of Hebron
  • Katie Eviston: Springfield
  • Anthony J. Covington: Miamisburg

2024 OCMA Call for Internships

On behalf of the Leadership Development Committee, we are reaching out with an exciting opportunity to elevate internship programs within our member cities and counties.

As you know, fostering and attracting young talent is crucial for the future of local government. Internships play a vital role in this process, offering hands-on experience and nurturing the next generation of public servants. To build a robust pipeline of future leaders, we’re creating a comprehensive list of internship opportunities across OCMA. By sharing your openings, you’ll gain access to a wider pool of qualified candidates.

To add your postings:

  • Visit and log in to your OCMA account.
  • Post your internship opening just like you would share a full-time position but select “internship” in the drop-down menu under “Job Type”.
  • Make sure you put a deadline to fill the position so we can keep our list current.
  • Link to the actual posting on your website so candidates know how to apply!

Thank you for your commitment to building this valuable resource. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions at 

OCMA Updates Strategic Roadmap: Member Feedback Needed

This fall, members of the OCMA Board and Committee Chairs met to update OCMA’s 2017 Strategic Plan with assistance from staff at The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The historical origin of OCMA belies the fact that, today, professionalism in local government in Ohio is happening in a variety of governmental forms, by government employees who hold a range of titles, and by persons that are coming from a wider range of professional backgrounds than ever before. 

Based on the first two strategic planning sessions, the Glenn College Project Team translated priorities identified by the OCMA Strategic Planning team into the following proposed goals and objectives: 

  1. Grow membership by making membership as inclusive as possible.
  2. Expand professional development opportunities for members at all career stages.   
  3. Support of the profession by promoting professional local government in Ohio. 


OCMA Welcomes New Members in November

OCMA is pleased to welcome fifteen new members who recently joined the Association. Thru the end of year, new members are able to join OCMA for free by using discount code NEWMEMBER2023. Please consider personally inviting people in your organization to join OCMA. Your personal invitation is a meaningful way to encourage new people to join OCMA and further our mission to promote excellence in local government management in Ohio.

  • Stephanie Kellum: Trotwood
  • Eric Meyer: Reynoldsburg
  • Angela Wasson: Monroe
  • Rob Cron: Vandalia
  • Markus Perry: Fairborn
  • Chad Edwards: East Palestine
  • Chris Zimmer: Upper Arlington
  • Clayton Wukich: Cleveland State University
  • Kathleen Sullivan: Painesville
  • Breanne Parcels: Logan County
  • P.J. Ginny: Deerfield Township
  • Eric Mack: Tipp City
  • Peter Kobak: Ohio Persistent Cyber Improvement
  • Jesse Kosegi: Wintersville
  • Javarious Jackson, Cincinnati

Oxford Adopts Climate Action Plan

The City of Oxford, and its residents, are preparing the community for a more sustainable future.

The Oxford City Council recently adopted Towards a Sustainable, Resilient Future: A Climate Action Plan for Oxford, Ohio. To achieve the bold carbon-neutrality goal of 2045, Oxford’s Climate Action Steering Committee and City Staff researched best practices and engaged the public on ways to get there, while preparing for climate risks.

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) sets out strategies for achieving carbon neutrality in our energy systems, transportation, and utilities, while striving to be Zero Waste and improving carbon sequestration. To help Oxford adapt and bounce back from climate change, the City must also plan for excessive heat, flooding and drought, severe storms, and strengthen ecosystems and forests.  

You can read the plan here. The goals are also integrated in the recently adopted Oxford Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan. As Mayor Bill Snavely states in the CAP’s introduction “As citizens of Oxford, we are all stewards of our community and our environment. This plan provides a roadmap for bringing about a high quality, low carbon, and prosperous life for all community members, present and future.”

Wright State MPA Public Sector Scholarship – Accepting Applications

Public Sector Scholarship

Wright State is offering a limited number of Public Sector Scholarships for federal, state, and local government employees for Fall Semester 2024. These scholarships cover 50 percent of tuition for the two-year program length. The scholarship priority deadline is March 1, 2024. However, applications will be accepted until mid-August (or as long as scholarships are available). You should provide official confirmation of your employment to program director Daniel Warshawsky and submit your M.P.A. application through the Graduate School website. You will automatically be considered for the scholarship when your application is received.

Franklin County, Ohio: Building Its Future One Graduate at a Time

By Ken Wilson, Franklin County Administrator, from PM Magazine

Franklin County in Central Ohio is growing faster today than at any time in recent memory, with near monthly announcements of new high-tech investments in the region and population growth projections that have to be updated every year because the rate of growth keeps increasing. With all of this growth will come challenges, however, and local government leaders are working hard to plan for the transportation, education, healthcare, and housing systems that their communities will need in the near future. All of those new residents will also need jobs, and all of those digital economy investors will need skilled labor to help build and work in their new facilities.

The gulf between job seekers and well-paid careers can sometimes seem very wide. There’s a shortage of qualified construction workers in Central Ohio, but it’s a job that not just anyone can step into. Fortunately, the skilled building trades employ an apprenticeship model that allows workers to earn competitive wages and benefits while learning their craft. Unfortunately, there are many hard-working potential workers who are not quite qualified or ready to jump right into apprenticeship. That’s where Franklin County’s Building Futures program comes in.

Building Futures is a 12-week pre-apprenticeship program that helps low-income residents advance to the point of being qualified for an apprenticeship in the skilled building trades. The program and its sponsors recognize that candidates could be facing many barriers, so while the students receive classroom and practical instruction, they also get a stipend and wrap-around services to help with other challenges that could be standing in the way of their success.

The Building Futures program was created by the Franklin County commissioners in 2017, and represents a partnership among the county, the NAACP, a local nonprofit called Creating Central Ohio Futures, and the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council. Since the first cohort in 2018, more than 250 local residents have graduated from Building Futures and moved on into great middle class careers in the skilled building trades. There’s a 100-person waiting list, a graduation rate of about 90%, and the average starting wage for graduates is between $40,000 and $50,000.

OCMA Welcomes New Members

OCMA is pleased to welcome eighteen new members who joined the Association in September and October. Thru the end of year, new members are able to join OCMA for free by using discount code NEWMEMBER2023. Please consider personally inviting people in your organization to join OCMA. Your personal invitation is a meaningful way to encourage new people to join OCMA and further our mission to promote excellence in local government management in Ohio.

  • Jeffrey Adams, Assistant to the City Manager, Huber Heights
  • Frank Birkenhauer, Administrator, Green Township
  • Lee Ann Bradfield, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Montgomery County
  • John Brazina, Director, Cincinnati
  • Kelleigh Decker, Administrative Deputy, Lucas County Engineer
  • Jackie Fails, Student, Wright State MPA Program
  • Calvin Frazier, Operations Coordinator, Kettering
  • Kyren Gantt, Economic Development Coordinator, Huber Heights
  • Mallory Greenham, Assistant to the City Manager, Hamilton
  • Natasha Hampton, Assistant City Manager, Cincinnati
  • Nicole Harris, Economic Development Director, Warrensville Heights
  • Javarious Jackson, Assistant to the City Manager, Cincinnati
  • Aaron Messenger, Recreation Coordinator, Vandalia
  • Matthew Peoples, City Administrator, Canal Winchester
  • Joy Pierson, Community & Economic Development Director, Delhi Township
  • Joey Shope, Public Service Superintendent, Beavercreek
  • Erika Wagner, Administrative Services Manager, Butler County Board of Commissioners
  • Ben Young, Public Policy Analyst/Director of Legislative Affairs, North Canton

Host a Bob Turner Intern

The Bob Turner Scholars Internship is a hands-on learning opportunity designed to attract high school or community college students to local government and a values-based career. ICMA received a donation to be endowed in honor of Bob Turner to help train future professionals. Bob was a mentor to many individuals who followed in his footsteps and made their own contributions to society. The goal of this program is to ensure that these students have the opportunity to serve a local government as an intern under the guidance of an ICMA member mentor. Each student will work for a CAO or assistant CAO who can dedicate time over the summer to helping students understand the nuts and bolts of local government operations and, most importantly, the value system that drives decision-making and the profession.

Hosting a high school intern not only impacts the student but can impact you and your organization. Do you have the calling it takes?

To be eligible to participate in the Bob Turner Scholars Internship Program, host organizations must:

  • Chief administrative officer (i.e. city/county manager or administrator) is an ICMA member.
  • Submit a host application (this does not guarantee participation).
  • Sign a letter of agreement.
  • Submit required financial forms to ICMA (to receive reimbursement).
  • Attend a host/mentor training.
  • Submit a meaningful and age-appropriate work plan.
  • Designate a mentor and time for mentoring opportunities.
  • Participate in program debrief and feedback.

Application closes December 1, 2023.

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