ICMA’s Life, Well Run Campaign: Encouraging Our Youth

By JJ Murphy, City Manager of Hobbs NM

As a credentialed Manager for ICMA, I am happy to share with you IMCA’s Life, Well Run Campaign. The goal behind ICMA’s campaign is to raise public awareness of the role professional local government managers play in building communities we’re proud to call home. As your City Manager, I endorse the campaign fully and I strive to advocate for youths that are involved and interested in government to one day consider a career as a city manager. To ensure there are qualified professionals to serve the residents of this country’s cities, towns, and counties, we must act now to safeguard the future of the profession, which is what Life, Well Run is all about.ICMA’S LIFE, WELL RUN CAMPAIGN: ENCOURAGING OUR YOUTH

Many are unaware that this career path might be the right one for them, or that the job even exists. Now that the baby boomer managers, inspired by John F. Kennedy to work in public service have begun to retire, it’s time to encourage the youth of our cities to step forward.

ICMA has launched Life, Well Run advertisements in 10 states. The ads are directed to elected officials, business and civic leaders, and students with the hopes of driving them to the Life, Well Run website where they may access resources and ICMA’s message promoting the value of professional local government management.

I encourage anyone who is interested in a future career in city management to visit the website here. As always, I am always available to answer any questions you might have and am happy to guide you in the right direction. Feel free to contact me directly via email at JJMurphy@Hobbsnm.org.

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