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North Carolina city managers first formed an association in 1938, when there were 24 municipalities with designated chief administrators. City and County managers merged groups in 1964 with a new constitution establishing the North Carolina City and County Management Association. Now, more than 540 cities and towns have appointed chief administrators (managers, administrator, supervisors), and 100 counties have appointed managers.


The Association seeks to improve city and county government, maintain and develop the professional competence of its members, and encourage and support professional general management government in North Carolina. The active membership of the Association includes full-time appointed chief administrators of cities, counties and councils of government. The NCCCMA is one of the few combined groups in the nation and was ahead of ICMA in including county managers and COG directors. Assistant managers and assistants to managers are also admitted as associate members with full voting rights. The officers and directors of the Association reflect this mix.

To improve the quality of local government, the Association works closely with the NC League of Municipalities, the NC Association of County Commissioners and the Institute of Government. Having both city and county administrators in the organization encourages cooperation and the exchange of views.

Managers share ideas and innovations, build a network of mutual support and work together to adapt local government to a rapidly changing environment.


The Association’s activities include two annual meetings—a professional seminar each February coordinated by the Institute of Government, UNC-Chapel Hill, and a summer conference in a resort area. Members are kept aware of Association activities, professional issues, and other career interests by The Administrator, the Association’s newsletter. Committees and task forces are often used to address specific needs or concerns, and to carry out the business of the Association. The Association sponsors scholarships for graduate students at all state universities offering masters degree programs in public administration.

Membership Categories & Criteria

  • Section 1. ACTIVE MEMBERS. Any full-time appointed chief administrator of a North Carolina city, town, or county or council of governments holding or eligible to hold full Corporate Membership in the International City/County Management Association may become an active member of the Association upon payment of dues. Any member ceasing to meet these qualifications shall thereby forfeit active membership in the Association.

    Any active member who has completed twenty-five years of membership, upon retiring from active service with a municipality, county, or council of government shall become a paid-up LIFE MEMBER. Any member who has been an active member for at least fifteen years upon retirement at age sixty-five or later shall become a paid-up LIFE MEMBER. Any member who has retired from active service with a municipality, county, or council of government who in the opinion of the Executive Committee has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the profession may be granted a LIFE MEMBERSHIP by vote of a majority of the Executive Committee.

  • Section 2. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS. A person no longer holding office but who has previously been an active member of this Association for at least five years, or a person who has been a corporate member of ICMA for at least five years, or a person who has been a faculty member of a recognized school of public administration in North Carolina for at least five years, may become an Associate Member of the Association upon payment of dues. Associate members may not vote or hold office.

  • Section 3. AFFILIATE MEMBERS. Any person who is employed in the top administrative position by a unit of local government, or special purpose unit of local government, or individuals holding the top administrative position of a state or federal agency. Affiliate members may not vote or hold office.

  • Section 4. LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT HEAD MEMBERS. Department heads of North Carolina local governments may apply for Association membership with the written endorsement of his or her manager. Local Government Department Head members may not vote or hold office.

  • Section 5. STUDENT MEMBERS. Students enrolled in North Carolina undergraduate or graduate programs may become a member of the Association upon payment of a nominal fee, established as provided for in Article III, Section 7. Student members may not vote or hold office.

  • Section 6. HONORARY MEMBERS. The Association may, from time to time to time upon the recommendation of its Executive Committee elect to honorary Membership in the Association persons who have rendered distinguished service to the profession and to local government and who are neither active nor associate members of the Association. Honorary membership is intended to be highly selective and limited, and shall be determined only upon the unanimous consent of those active members present and voting thereon.

  • Section 7. VOTING RIGHTS. The right to vote upon matters coming before the Association shall be extended to all active members, and each member shall have one equal vote upon each matter submitted for vote to the membership.

  • Section 8. MEMBERS NOT-IN-SERVICE. Membership is not transferable; it shall be in the name of the individual and shall not attach to the position. Any active or associate member of this Association who has resigned or has been removed from this position with a city, town, county or council of governments may retain status as an active or associate member upon approval of the Executive Committee and payment of annual dues. Members not in service shall retain their voting rights an, if a member of the Executive Committee, shall complete the term of office to which they were elected but shall be ineligible to hold any additional office in the Association.

  • Section 9. DUES. The dues of active members shall be based on the annual salary of the member. The dues of other membership categories and the dues of members not-in-service shall be determined by majority vote of the membership. The dues of members shall be payable July 1 of each year and shall be prorated for portions of a year for new members. The dues of all members shall be determined by a majority vote of the membership at the annual meeting of the Association in May, 1984. Any proposed changes in dues after said date shall be presented to each member at least (10) ten days prior to the annual meeting of the Association advising of the time, date and location of the meeting and the reason for any proposed change in dues. A majority vote of members present at the meeting shall be required to change the membership dues.