County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA)

The County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) is the “representative voice” of the local government management network. Its members include Managers from the County and City Councils and the Dublin City Council Assistant Managers.  It is a non-statutory body that works to ensure that the influence of Managers is brought to bear on the development and implementation of relevant policy.

It operates through a number of established committees each of which is concerned with a specific policy area as follows:
• Community, Social, Economic & Development (CSED)
• Environment
• Finance
• Housing
• Land Use & Transportation (LUTS)
• Water

Each Committee, which is made up of County and City Managers and Directors of Service / Heads of Finance, interfaces with senior management of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DoECLG) and other relevant Departments and organisations.  The CCMA represents its members on external committees, steering groups and organisations and develops evidence-based positions and makes submissions on relevant issues.

The Office for Local Authority Management (OLAM), a division of the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) provides support and acts as point of contact for the CCMA. OLAM supports the committee structure and influences and implements the Association’s work programme through targeted research and identification of best practice.

Objectives of the CCMA

The strategic objectives of the CCMA are set by the Association’s Executive, an eight member committee comprising of the CCMA Chair, Vice Chair, Dublin City Manager, Cork County Manager and four elected Manager Members. They are influenced by the economic, political and legislative environment in which the CCMA operates and their objectives are to:

• Influence and shape emerging and future policy affecting local government through direct engagement with key stakeholders on a range of diverse subjects.
• Advocate on behalf of the system for necessary resources, identify strategic choices to be made in the allocations of resources and demonstrate the system’s capability to ensure the provision of value for money
• Develop and present an accurate and positive view of the worth of local authorities in the public domain by building an understanding of the broad range of work that local authorities are involved in and the issues that drive and influence it
• Demonstrate evidence of best practice and innovation within the sector for the purpose of supporting the wider development of such practices for example in the areas of shared service and procurement
• Support individual members of the Association
• Ensure that the Public Sector Reform Agenda is pursued and has a measurable positive impact through the implementation of the Croke Park Agreement.

How this Works on the Ground

Through the committee structure, the CCMA evaluates and disseminates the impact of specific policy measures on the local authority sector. This informs and influences the position adopted by the Association.  The CCMA Executive leads on key issues to be tackled – mainly “Big Picture” / High level issues.  This shapes the agenda of the CCMA and the six committees.

Through structured, high level engagement with key stakeholders the CCMA puts forward the considered views of the Association. This engagement can be through the
• Committee structure;
• Interface / plenary meetings with the DoECLG and Dept of Transport;
• CCMA Executive / Departmental Senior Management meeting;
• Political system – e.g. with Ministers, Secretary Generals, Joint Committees.
• CCMA representation at meetings such as on the Board of the NRA;
• Direct engagement with organisations / agencies e.g. EPA, RSA;

In cases where a group, with specific terms of reference, have been established to review issues identified by national Government the CCMA would normally make a submission to the group in question followed by direct engagement.  Recent examples include engagement with:
• Local Government Efficiency Review Implementation Group,
• Tourism Renewal Implementation Group;
• EPA Review Group;
• Inter Departmental Working Group on Local Property Tax;

The CCMA works in partnership with Departments and Agencies to develop and implement effective, streamlined legislation e.g. the implementation of NPPR, the design of the Carbon Calculator, joint inspections with Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.  As representatives of management of local authorities, the CCMA are key stakeholders in the areas of planning, the provision of infrastructure, housing, environment and sanitary services as well as recreational, social inclusion and cultural and tourism services and as such are consulted with by a broad spectrum of organisations.  Informally the CCMA develops strategic alliances with stakeholders and opinion leaders, e.g. Chambers Ireland, IBEC, Forfas, EPA, Arts Council, DETI etc.  CCMA identifies, shares and publicises good practice with relevant stakeholders through submissions to Government, the development and promotion of material on the work of local authorities, internal communications and media communications.

Contact
CCMA Chairperson: Mr Michael Malone, Kildare County Manager

County and City Managers’ Association
Office for Local Authority Management (OLAM)
Local Government House
35 – 39 Ushers Quay
Dublin 8
olam@lgma.ie

 

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