Senior Advisor Program
A significant benefit of membership is access to the Senior Advisor Program. This ICMA-OCCMA program makes available to members, the experience, advice and support of respected, retired managers of the profession.
The ICMA Senior Advisor program (formerly Range Rider Program *) is a joint activity of ICMA and OCCMA established by the ICMA Executive Board in 1974 to make the counsel, experience, and support of respected, retired managers of the profession available to members. Currently 8 Senior Advisors provide service by volunteering their time to offer confidential professional and personal support and advice in Oregon.
Senior Advisors are selected jointly by OCCMA and the ICMA Executive Director. Although they are expected to be visible, accessible and responsive to members and association needs, Senior Advisors are unpaid volunteers who pursue other activities while in retirement and thus are not “full time.” Expenses are shared by ICMA and OCCMA.
Senior Advisors are available to meet periodically with members in their areas to discuss the profession and their concerns as members. Discussion topics range from relations with elected officials, overall management questions, relations with OCCMA, ICMA, responses to local controversies such as referenda on the council-manager plan, to career development.
Senior Advisors are friends, colleagues, and advisors to the profession—not consultants. The Senior Advisor program is designed to help with personal and professional issues, not to provide technical assistance or solve substantive problems in a local government. However, Senior Advisors may consult with local governments as individuals, on a part-time basis, if the consulting does not impair the effectiveness of the Senior Advisors. Senior Advisor guidelines contain advice for Senior Advisors who do part-time consulting.
Members with questions on the Senior Advisor program can contact: Susie Marston, OCCMA President-Elect Susie Marston, City Manager, Gervais- Smarston@cityofgervais.com 503-792-4900 or ICMA Senior Advisor Program Coordinator Greg Bielawski at (630) 462-1876 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.