Job Hunting Handbook for Local Government Professionals

Through our continuing efforts to contribute to the local government profession, Bobbi Peckham was appointed to an ICMA National Task Force with a mission to produce a handbook that would be useful to individuals at all levels as they chart a course for their professional career in local government. The Handbook also discusses what to expect from Executive Recruiters and lists sample interview questions, job-hunting resources, and what to do in the first 100 days on the new job. We believe this Handbook is a valuable resource to individuals at all stages of their career. It will be especially helpful to the Next Generation, as we encourage, coach and mentor them.

The Job Hunting Handbook for Local Government Professionals contains information pertaining to:

  • Planning the job hunt
  • Finding job vacancies
  • Creating a resume and cover letter
  • Preparing for interviews
  • And negotiating compensation

At Peckham & McKenney, we truly do believe it’s all about people, and we hope that this resource is helpful to you and others.


Job Hunting Handbook


International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
California Public Employer Labor Relations Association
California Society of Municipal Finance Officers
Guide to Local Government Finance in California
League of California Cities
Western City Magazine 
Municipal Management Association of Southern California
Municipal Management Association of Northern California
California City Management Foundation
California State Association of Counties
California Special Districts Association
Colorado City and County Management Association
“Reaching for the Gold” – How to Successfully Prepare for Police and Fire Chief Interviews by P. Lamont Ewell
Careers in Government