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Robert J. O'Neill, Jr.

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Executive Director, ICMA
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Bob O'Neill is the Executive Director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). ICMA is a professional and educational organization representing appointed managers and administrators in local governments throughout the world.
Bob is the former president of the National Academy of Public Administration, a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to improve the design and management of federal, state, and local governments. Since its founding in 1967, the Academy has been at the forefront of efforts to create more efficient, effective, and accountable government.
Bob served as Fairfax County Executive between 1997 and 2000. In that position, he oversaw Virginia's largest general-purpose local government with an annual operating budget of $2 billion and approximately 11,000 employees. He is credited with developing a series of strategies aimed at revitalizing older residential communities and commercial areas within Fairfax County. In 1999, he launched a series of initiatives focused on performance and results management, including a pay system with variable awards based on performance.
Bob's "reinvention" of the government of Hampton, Virginia as city manager between 1984 and 1997 was widely recognized by organizations such as the National League of Cities and Public Technology, Inc. and by writers such as David Osborne and Ted Gaebler, authors of Reinventing Government. In the 1997 book Banishing Bureaucracy, by Osborne and Peter Plastrik, Bob's efforts form the basis of a chapter on "Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture" in government organizations. Among Bob's many accomplishments were a downtown and waterfront revitalization initiative and development of a nationally recognized "youth-at-risk" program.
In 1996 Bob won the prestigious National Public Service Award presented by the Academy and the American Society for Public Administration. The award recognizes individuals who have made a difference in public administration for a sustained length of time. In 1997 Bob was elected as an Academy Fellow.
In the early 80s, Bob was the 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.
Bob 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. He is a 1984 graduate of The Executive Program of the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Laws from Old Dominion University.

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777 North Capitol St., NE, #500
Washington, DC 20002

roneill@icma.org
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777 North Capitol St., NE, #500
Washington, DC 20002

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