ICMA Networked Approach
to Improvements in Emergency Management

Kenneth W. Parker
City Manager, City of Port Orange, FL
William R. Whitson
City Manager, City of Cairo, GA

February 14, 2006

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Related Websites:
ICMA Press Release, "ICMA Proposes Networked Approach to Emergency Management"
ICMA White Paper, A Networked Approach to Improvements in Emergency Management
Cover Story, ICMA Public Management Magazine, April 2007
City of Port Orange, FL
City of Cairo, GA
Florida City and County Management Association
Georgia City-County Management Association

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Ken Parker has served as the Port Orange City Manager since August 1, 1984. Ken was borne and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He holds a Bachelor Degree in History and Political Science from Ouachita Baptist University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Southern Methodist University. In 2002, he was recognized as a Credentialed Manager by the International City-County Management Association.

Prior to becoming Port Orange's City Manager, he served as the City Manager in Texarkana, Arkansas, as the Assistant City Manager in Texarkana, as the Chief Deputy Secretary of State for the State of Arkansas, as the first City Manager in the City of Malvern, Arkansas, and held several positions with the City of Dallas, Texas.

Ken has been involved in local, state, national and international organizations and programs. Mr. Parker served as the Southeast Regional Vice President for the International City-County Management Association. He is active in the Florida City-County Management Association having served on the FCCMA Board of Directors and on numerous committees and task forces. He has served on Florida League of Cities committees and task forces and has served on various local boards and committees.

He has taught Public Administration courses as part of the University of Central Florida's Master in Public Administration program and has been a speaker at the National Fire Academy on local government.

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William Whitson has served as City Manager for the City of Cairo, GA since November 2006. Previously he served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Port Orange, FL since 1998. Prior to entering the field of local city management, he served with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1985, and as Chief of Operations, Gulf of Mexico Program Office, Stennis Space Center in Mississippi from 1988 to 1993.

His credentials and activities include:

  • ICMA Credentialed Manager - 2002- Present
  • Member of ICMA & FCCMA 1993- Present
  • Member of GCCMA 2007 - Present
  • Secretary Treasurer/President Elect/ President/Past President - Florida City/County Manager's Association (FCCMA) 2003- Present

Mr. Whitson is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration.