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Professional Development in Local Government - August 8-9, 2016 - Roanoke, Virginia


Keynote Speaker

photo L. Kimball Payne III, ("Kim")
Lynchburg City Manager

Prior to his retirement, L. Kimball Payne III, (“Kim”) served as Lynchburg City Manager starting in February 2001. Previously, he served as the County Administrator of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, from February 1987 to February 2001. Prior to that he served as Assistant County Administrator in Spotsylvania from February 1984 to February 1987.

Mr. Payne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and Master of Planning and Master of Arts in Public Administration degrees from the University of Virginia. He has attended the Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. Mr. Payne is an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech in the Public Administration program.

Mr. Payne is a retired Commander in the Naval Reserve. He completed nearly eight years of active duty as a Naval Flight Officer with his last assignment as a Naval ROTC Instructor at the University of Virginia. He is a member of the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) and a Past President of the Virginia Local Government Manager's Association (VLGMA). Mr. Payne is a Rotarian and serves on several volunteer boards including the United Way, the James River Association, and Lynchburg Grows.

Kim and his wife Leslie have five children and eight grandchildren.

photo Robert J. O'Neill
ICMA Executive Director

Robert J. O'Neill, Jr., is executive director of ICMA, the International City/County Management Association.  Prior to joining ICMA in November 2002, O'Neill served as president of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) from January 2000 to November 2002. From May through September of 2001, O'Neill was on temporary assignment at the Office of Management and Budget as counselor to the director and deputy director on management issues.

Between 1997 and 2000, O'Neill served as Fairfax County executive, where he oversaw Virginia's largest general-purpose local government and is credited with developing a series of successful community and commercial revitalization strategies. O'Neill's “reinvention” of the government of Hampton, Virginia, where he served as city manager between 1984 and 1997, was widely recognized by organizations such as the National League of Cities and Public Technology, Inc.

In the early 80s, O'Neill served as director of management consulting Services for the Virginia offices of Coopers & Lybrand, one of the former “big six” accounting firms. Previously he served as regional manager for the Management Improvement Corporation of America, providing financial analysis and organizational restructuring support for cities and counties throughout Virginia.

O'Neill graduated summa cum laude from Old Dominion University with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1973. He received his master's in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1974, and in 2001, he received the institution's highest honor, The Spirit of Public Service award. He is a 1984 graduate of The Executive Program of the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.  In 1996 he was named recipient of the prestigious National Public Service Award presented by NAPA and the American Society for Public Administration. O'Neill was elected as a NAPA Academy Fellow in 1997 and was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from Old Dominion University in 2000.

Featured Speakers

photo John Nalbandian
School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas and author of "Professionalism in Local Government: Transformations in the Roles, Responsibilities, and Values of City Managers"

John Nalbandian is with the School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas and author of “Professionalism in Local Government: Transformations in the Roles, Responsibilities, and Values of City Managers” and now in its sixth edition with Donald Klingner and Jared Llorens: “Public Personnel Management: Conflict and Compromise”. He has also been a practitioner, serving on the city council in Lawrence, Kansas, from 1991-1999 and as mayor in 1993-1994 and 1996-1997. He has spoken nationwide, and in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, to elected officials, professional staff, and academic audiences.

Dr. Nalbandian has been honored on two occasions by the International City Management Association as an honorary member and as recipient of the Stephen B. Sweeney award for local government education. The Kansas Association of Parks and Recreation recognized him in 1996 as Distinguished Elected Official. He was honored with a teaching excellence award by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in 1997 and was inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration for lifetime contributions to public administration. In 2007 the Kansas Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration honored him as the Public Administrator of the Year. In 2010 the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration awarded him the Charles H. Levine award for lifetime accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. In 2012, he was recognized with the Chancellor's Career Teaching Award at the University of Kansas, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration established the John and Carol Nalbandian Scholarship recognizing the Nalbandians' contributions to professionalism in local government.

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