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The mission of KCCMA is to improve the quality of government, cities, counties and services throughout Kentucky. This is done by communicating ideas, sharing experiences, and providing access to professionals at the local level.

KCCMA Goals

  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of local government in Kentucky.
  • Maintain and improve the professional competence of our members.
  • Exchange information, ideas, and experiences.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with other organizations for the improvement of local government.

A Brief History of KCCMA

The earliest minutes on file from the Kentucky City/County Management Association are from 1968. This gathering of managers most likely took place after many of the second class cities adopted the city manager form of government in Kentucky. The Kentucky League of Cities organized in 1927, and the Kentucky Association of Counties began in 1974, so city and county officials were accustomed to getting together at least annually to discuss common concerns. It was only natural for the city/county administrators/managers to connect with one another, share solutions to common problems and learn from each other.

KCCMA officially formalized their efforts into what is today’s KCCMA in 1977 by adopting bylaws and establishing an unincorporated nonprofit association.

In total, there are roughly 50 cities that participate in KCCMA. Within that number there are currently 19 cities that use the city manager form of government. This means that a professional city manager becomes the chief administrative officer of the city. This form of government is most often utilized by larger cities with relatively extensive services and programs. Cities using mayor-council or commission plans may employ a chief administrative officer (CAO) - most cities refer to this position as the city administrator - who is given responsibility for the day-to-day management of city affairs. There are currently 32 cities that use the city administrator form of government.

There are five counties in Kentucky that currently designate a professional manager position. They are Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, and Louisville Metro Government.