The ICMA Senior Advisor Program (formerly Range Rider Program) was established in 1974 through the efforts of ACMA Life Member Mark Keane and the ICMA Board. The primary
purpose was to make the counsel, experience, and support of respected, retired members of the profession available to local government
managers. It was felt that being the top administrator in local government was sometimes a lonely business; at least with respect to
the availability of persons for discussing certain kinds of management, political, or even personal problems. That is, there might be
no one appropriately available in his or her staff to or council. Thus the Range Rider concept was born as one answer to this need.
In addition to consulting with managers, Range Riders respond to calls for assistance by cities that are interested in adopting the
council-manager plan or to consult with charter commissions who are studying changes to their charter regarding the duties of a city
manager. Also, they have assisted in defending the council-manager plan.
In 2013 ICMA Executive Director Bob O'Neill appointed a 2014 Advisory Committee to celebrate 40 years of the Range Rider Program and to enhance its value to
ICMA members and to state associations in the second century of ICMA. The Advisory Committee's recommendations to "refresh" the program for the future
were approved by the ICMA Executive Board in February 2014.
A number of the recommendations reinforced current guidelines. Recommendations for change or greater clarity included encouraging terms and periodic
reviews for Senior Advisors in order to ensure continued vibrancy and effectiveness, making non-CAOs eligible for appointment as Senior Advisors,
modifying the conflict of interest guidelines to allow more members engaged in part-time consulting to serve in the program, a statement of policy to
clarify any Senior Advisor involvement in manager placement work, and steps to foster performance and accountability for all three parties to the program,
Senior Advisors, state sponsors and ICMA. The recommendations also included a change in the name from Range Riders to Senior Advisors to better describe
the role and its primary emphasis on providing members with advice and support. Those members who were serving ICMA under the title of Senior Advisors have
become ICMA Liaisons to better describe their role serving as ICMA representatives to state associations and other groups. This change in titles became
effective at the 2014 ICMA Annual Conference.
Mike Letcher has over 30 years in city management with 20 years here in Arizona, he is very familiar with the challenges and opportunities for our
profession nationally as well as in Arizona. Mike's background consists of management consulting and serving as an assistant professor at the University
of Arizona Masters of Public Administration Program, both which require him to stay current on trends in our profession. Mike is available by phone at
520-891-1953 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pat McDermott has over 38 years of municipal management experience working in midsize organizations. Most of his experience was at the city manager or
assistant city manager level but also worked in or had dual roles in Community Development, Human Resources, and Public Housing. Pat has helped guide
several organizations with very limited resources to expand the level of services as well as the quality of services through collaboration with employees
and challenging the status quo of the organizational culture. Pat is available by phone at 480-540-0274 or by e-mail at
State Liaisons are senior-level staff who help maintain long-term relationships and continuity with state associations. They are available to help not
just state officers but all members within a state. If you have a question and aren't sure whom to contact at ICMA, please use your state liaison as a
Lloyd Harrell, following thirty years as a city manager in three states, he was appointed Arizona's Senior Advisor in January 2002. Prior to retiring,
Lloyd served as the city manager for the City of Chandler, Arizona. In addition to serving as the ACMA Senior Advisor, Lloyd taught courses on local
government management for Arizona State University's MPA program and is a Senior Advisor to ICMA. For his years of dedicated service and lifelong
contributions to the profession, Lloyd was honored in 2005 with ACMA's highest honor, the John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award. Then in 2013
Lloyd received ICMA's Distinguished Service Award honoring him for his dedication to public service and professional management. Lloyd is available by
phone at 480-812-9396 or by e-mail at email@example.com.