OCCMA continues to be the leading organization in supporting and encouraging careers in local government professional management in Oregon.
Benefits of Membership with OCCMA
A significant benefit of membership is access to the Senior Advisor Program. Senior Advisors are respected retired professional managers who desire to serve the profession. They are available to managers as a resource for advice and can assist with help if requested.
In addition, active, affiliate, retired, honorary, lifetime and student members have access to the association’s listserv, which is an invaluable tool for discussion of current topics. Through email, members can access the expertise of professional peers by simply posting a question or commenting on a previous post.
Your OCCMA membership also affords you meaningful networking opportunities with your peers at various conferences offered throughout the year, including the annual summer conference held in July (for which OCCMA members receive a discounted registration fee), the Northwest Regional Managers Conference held in the spring, and our fall training workshop during the League of Oregon Cities’ Annual Conference in September/October.
Dues vary depending on membership classifications. For those joining mid-year, the dues are cut in half after July 1st of each year.
ACTIVE: Any person who is an appointed manager or administrator, or an assistant city or county manager or administrator, or an assistant to a manager or administrator of a general purpose local government or council of governments in the State of Oregon, or a corporate member of the International City/County Management Association who serves in Oregon, or while in transition from such a position and actively pursuing other eligible employment in Oregon, shall be eligible for active membership in the Association. Active members shall comply with the ICMA Code of Ethics and the Declaration of Ideals. Any active member of this Association, who has resigned or been removed from a position in local government, may retain active membership status for a period of two years, or for a longer period if authorized by a majority vote of the Board, provided the member continues to pay dues. If it is shown to the satisfaction of the Board that the member’s resignation or removal was for a cause that violates the ethical standards of the International City/ County Management Association, the membership in the Association shall be terminated immediately. The Board may consider requests for refunding dues. The decision of the Board shall be final.
AFFILIATE: Any person who fills a position in a general-purpose local government or council of governments and has obtained a statement co-signed with their current chief executive officer indicating a continued interest in pursuing a career in city/county management or an appointed administrative official reporting to a mayor/city council. Affiliate members shall hold no office or vote.
COOPERATING: Individuals who work for an employer who does business with and has close ties to one or more units of local government. Cooperating members shall hold no office or vote, or have access to the OCCMA listserv or members-only website.
STUDENT: Any person registered as a student in a college or university public administration program, or is currently working in a career in public management.
RETIRED: Any person who was previously an active member and has qualified for benefits under a local government retirement plan shall be eligible for retired membership by providing written notice to the Secretary-Treasurer and payment of the membership fee, if any, for the current year. Retired members shall hold no office or vote.
An individual who was not previously a member of OCCMA but who now resides in Oregon and has had a career in local government management that would have made them eligible as an active member in OCCMA may become a retired member upon approval of the majority of the Board.
HONORARY: Honorary members shall be chosen based on their contributions to the Association and/or to the field of city or county management in Oregon. Honorary membership shall be conferred by a Board vote at any regular meeting. Honorary members shall pay no dues, hold no office, or vote. Honorary membership is bestowed for an indefinite period.
LIFETIME: Lifetime membership shall represent the highest honor afforded to retired members. Lifetime members shall be chosen because of distinguished service in the field of city or county management during his or her management career and lasting and meaningful contributions to the OCCMA and the profession of local government management. Lifetime members shall pay no dues, hold no office, or vote.
To be eligible for lifetime membership in the Association, the person must have been an active member of the Association for a minimum of five years and is currently retired from the profession or no longer employed in the profession. Following a written letter of nomination signed by at least three active members of OCCMA, the Board will consider conferring lifetime membership to the nominee at any regular business meeting. A lifetime member shall be elected only upon recommendation of the Board. In making this recommendation, the Board shall consider contributions to the profession at a level greater than the organizations served by the nominee; contributions at a national level; contributions to the profession as a whole, including teaching or publication; and any other relevant service. Once a recommendation has been approved by the Board, lifetime membership shall be conferred upon an individual after a majority vote of the membership present at a general membership meeting. Lifetime members shall comply with the ICMA Code of Ethics and the Declaration of Ideals.
How to Join OCCMA
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Salem, OR 97301