Brian Carter, City Administrator of the City of West Columbia, recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Mr. Carter is one of over 1,400 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.
ICMA’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s nearly 10,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.
To receive the prestigious 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 demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.
“We are pleased Mr. Carter has received this prestigious designation,” said Mayor Bobby Horton. “The experience gained from this program will only enhance the job he is already doing leading our wonderful team of employees.”
Prior to his appointment in 2016 as City Administrator of the City of West Columbia, Carter served as the Deputy City Administrator, Assistant City Administrator, Director of Planning and Zoning, and as a Police Officer with West Columbia and the State of South Carolina.
Carter has made significant contributions to a number of other organizations, including serving as the chairman of South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust Board, being an active member of the South Carolina City/County Managers Association and American Institute of Certified Planners, and acting as a speaker at numerous American Planning Association Conferences in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
The City of West Columbia is situated along eight miles of the lower Saluda and Congaree Rivers. Known for being friendly, welcoming and affordable, the city also has top-level schools and a myriad of dining and shopping options, as well as exemplary health care options that are within a three-mile radius. The area is ideal for commerce, thanks to its business-friendly attitude, low taxes and utility rates. The City is concentrating on economic development and is eager to attract business start-ups and/or relocations. Additionally, major interstates, highways, the airport, and Columbia are just minutes away. When it comes to recreation, West Columbia offers kayaking, canoeing, tubing, parks, waterfront concerts, 8.5 miles of walking and biking trails, and much more, including access to the renowned Riverbanks Zoo, Botanical Gardens, and Waterfall Junction. More information is available at www.westcolumbiasc.gov.