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Cobb’s County Manager receives prestigious designation

Dr Jackie McMorris smiling from a desk
October 27, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Cobb County Manager Dr. Jackie McMorris has received a prestigious credential from an organization advancing governmental leadership worldwide. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) presented Dr. McMorris with the Credentialed Manager designation. Dr. McMorris is one of approximately 1,300 local government management professionals credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

To receive the ICMA credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government, have earned a degree (preferably in public administration or a related field), and have demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and lifelong learning and professional development.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as the Cobb County Manager. I lead with integrity, humility, and a servant’s heart,” said Dr. McMorris. “To receive this recognition is a joy and one I’ll treasure as I continue to learn and grow in my role. I appreciate the Board of Commissioners and my entire team for their support and confidence in my ability to serve as the County Manager.”

McMorris has over 20 years of professional local government executive experience. Before her appointment in 2020 as county manager of Cobb County, she served as Cobb’s first appointed deputy county manager for three years.  The Board of Commissioners recently extended Dr. McMorris’ contract by another three years.

Highlights of McMorris’s ICMA resume include 15 years of higher education experience, Leadership Cobb 2015, John Maxwell Certified coach, speaker and facilitator, LiveSafe Woman of the Year 2022, WellStar Regional Heath Board, Kennesaw State University Advisory Board, and the Cottey College Board of Trustees. She has served on numerous civic, academic, and non-profit organizations throughout her career.

ICMA’s mission is to advance professional local government through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics and by increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities worldwide. The organization’s 13,000 members in 27 countries include educators, students, and other local government employees.

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About ICMA

ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization aims to advance professional local government through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics.

ICMA identifies leading practices to address the needs of local governments and professionals serving communities globally. We provide services, research, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to thousands of city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations worldwide. The management decisions made by ICMA's members affect millions of people living in thousands of communities, ranging from small towns to large metropolitan areas.

For more information regarding the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program, contact Jenese Jackson at ICMA, 777 North Capitol Street, N.E., #500, Washington, D.C. 20002-4201;; 202-962-3556.