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Norm King

Norm-King.pngChairman, International City/County Management Association Retirement Corp.
Former Executive Director, Sand Bernardino Associated Governments,1996-2005

Norm King brings more than 30 years’ experience in all levels of local government.

He is a part-time consultant to public agencies, particularly local governments and transportation agencies. He provides transportation and management consulting services and facilitates strategic planning processes and workshops, and has worked extensively with elected officials and pubic managers and supervisors. Mr. King became the first Director of the Leonard University Transportation Center California State University San Bernardino in January 2006.  He stepped down in February 2008 after establishing the Center as an operating unit.

Prior to this appointment Mr. King served as Executive Director of San Bernardino Associated Governments/County Transportation Commission in August 1996 until he retired in December, 2005 after 38 years of local government management in the Inland Empire.  Mr. King previously served as City Manager of Moreno Valley, California, from January 1991 to August 1996.  In addition, Mr. King served 11 years as City Manager of Palm Springs, California, and five years as City Manager of Claremont, California.

Until 2010 Mr. King served eight years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ICMA Retirement Corporation, a financial service firm providing deferred income programs to 900,000 state and local government employees in the United States.  He served on the Advisory Council of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).  In May 2007, he was appointed to the City of Palm Springs Airport Commission. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at the University of California, Riverside.

Mr. King has been President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), a Washington-based organization serving 9,000 local government administrators.

In 1997, Mr. King was elected as a Fellow of the Congressionally-chartered National Academy of Public Administration.

During 1973 and 1974, Mr. King was associated with the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington.

He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania, attended the University of Vienna, and was a fellow with the Coro Foundation.

Mr. King is past Moderator of the Self-Help Counties Coalition, an organization of regional transportation agencies having a sales tax for transportation purposes.  Mr. King is past president of the City Manager’s Department of the League of California Cities, served on the League’s Board of Directors, and served on the Board of Directors of the California Redevelopment Association.

In 1990, he was a member of an international delegation to Moscow and Budapest, sponsored by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, to train newly elected mayors and council members in the Soviet Union and Budapest in local government politics and administration.

Mr. King was awarded the 1993 Management Leader of the Year Award by the University of California, Riverside, Graduate School of Management.  He was also chosen the Outstanding Senior Administrator of the Year for the 1992-93 by the American Society for Public Administration, Inland Empire Chapter.  In November 1993, he was awarded the Valley Group’s “Excellence in Government Award.”  Norm is the recipient of the “1994 Distinguished Citizen of the Year”, awarded by the California Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America (September 1994).

Until recently Mr. King has taught part-time at Claremont McKenna College and previously taught at the University of Southern California School of Public Administration.

Mr. King’s articles on the management and economics of local government have appeared in several professional journals and books.  He is considered a leading proponent of “demand management” and “market-based” public policies.

Mr. King is married to Terry Dean and has a daughter Deborah, and a son, Kevin.