City Manager Rod Gould has been appointed to a three-year term as West Coast Regional Vice President of the International City/County Management Association, it was announced this week.

The association’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers (i.e., city, town, and county managers), assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s 9,000 members from 26 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.

As one of 18 vice presidents, three of whom are elected from the organization’s West Coast region (which includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington), Gould will represent ICMA to state associations of local government management and maintain relationships among other affiliated organizations.

Gould began his public service career as a VISTA volunteer from 1979 to 1980. He entered local government as assistant to the city manager in Walnut Creek, Calif., in 1986. He became Walnut Creek’s assistant city manager in 1988, a post he held until 1991. He went on to hold the position of city manager of Monrovia, Calif. (1991-1996); San Rafael, Calif. (1996-2005); and Poway, Calif. (2006-2010); and was appointed Santa Monica city manager in 2010.

Gould earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1979 from Yale University and a master of public administration in 1985 from Harvard University.

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