Keokuk’s own City Administrator Aaron Burnett recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Mr. Burnett is one of only just over 1,300 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program, putting our city manager in an elite group.
ICMA’s states its mission is “To create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world”. The organization has nearly 10,000 members in 27 countries, including educators, students, and other local government employees.
In order to receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.
Aaron Burnett has earned this accreditation and title to be qualified by over seven years of professional local government executive experience. Prior to his appointment in 2015 as Keokuk’s own City Administrator, he served as City Administrator for five years in Humboldt, Iowa. Highlights of Burnett’s ICMA membership include serving on the Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee
Burnett has also made significant contributions to a number of other organizations, including serving on the Iowa League of Cities Nominating Committee and winning the 2017 Manager of the Year for the State of Iowa