David Ammons Appointed to ICMA Credentialing Body

School of Government faculty member David Ammons has been appointed as one of two academic members on the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Credentialing Advisory Board. The School is well-represented on the board, which is led by UNC MPA alumni Tom Lundy ‘71.

The board implements ICMA’s Voluntary Credentialing Program, which recognizes professional local government managers qualified by a combination of education and experience, adherence to high standards of integrity, and a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. Implementation of the program includes reviewing applications, making recommendations, and reviewing annual reports on professional development activities.

By participating in the program, ICMA members may earn the designation of ICMA Credentialed Manager by the organization’s executive board. More than 1,300 credentialed managers have been recognized by ICMA to date.

“I was honored to be asked by ICMA to serve on this board,” Ammons said. “The credentialing program is a reflection of ICMA’s commitment to advancing professionalism and lifelong learning among the appointed executives helping to lead our communities. The opportunity to join Carolina MPA alumnus and longtime Catawba County manager Tom Lundy on this board is a bonus.”

Ammons is one of 16 members on the board. The board’s membership is composed of Lundy, one additional academic member, and 13 members representing ICMA regions nationwide.

Ammons is widely considered one of the nation’s foremost experts on performance measurement, benchmarking, and productivity improvement in local government. He has published extensively on these topics and has served on multiple executive councils, advisory boards, and boards of directors. Most recently, Ammons received the Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Society for Public Administration’s Center for Performance and Accountability—his second time receiving the award—as well as the Paul Posner Pracademic Award from the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management.

ICMA seeks to advance professional local government through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics. Learn more about its mission and offerings at icma.org.