The following are links to professional development resources and tools useful to CAOs
Essential Competencies for County Executives is created and adopted by CACE as guidance for professional development and performance of county executives, and as a resource for County Boards of Supervisors in recruiting, defining role and setting expectations for county executives.
The CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government, established in 2008, is a professional, practical continuing education experience designed to expand the capacity and capability of county officials to provide extraordinary services to their communities.
Adopted in 1924 and revised in June 2019, the ICMA Code of Ethics defines the principles that serve as the foundation for the local government management profession and set the standard for excellence for county executives. Executive leadership committed to equity, transparency, integrity, stewardship of public resources, political neutrality, and respect for the rights and responsibility of elected officials and residents strengthens democratic local governance.
Cal-ICMA is a collaboration of the California City Manager’s Department (CMD); the California City Managers Foundation (CCMF); the two assistants groups (MMANC and MMASC); the County CAOs; and the COG Directors.
ICMA creates excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional local government management. The organization provides technical and management assistance, training, and information resources in the areas of performance measurement, ethics education and training, community and economic development, environmental management, technology, and other topics to its members and the broader local government community.
The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service provides objective information, data, research, technical assistance, and practical training to state and local officials, community leaders, and members of the general public.