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Palmdale City Manager James Purtee Honored by ICMA for 30 Years of Service

PALMDALE – Palmdale City Manager James Purtee recently received a 30-year service award from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the premier local government leadership and management organization.

Purtee’s achievement was presented at ICMA’s 104th annual conference in Baltimore, MD on Sept. 26. He was recognized for his significant contributions and achievements in the advancement of local government administration.

ICMA Service Awards recognize and celebrate members’ dedication to public service and professional management at the local level. Awards are based on the number of years of full-time employment in service to local government.

Purtee became Palmdale’s City Manager on October 5, 2015. His diverse and thorough public service career began with the City of Simi Valley in 1988 when he started as a Housing Planner and later served as Deputy City Director of Administrative Services and Assistant City Manager.

Holding both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Northridge, Purtee is also a graduate of the International Council of Shopping Centers - Shopping Center University in San Francisco and the Government Finance Officers Association - Advanced Government Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin, and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education for senior executives in state and local government program.

About ICMA

ICMA advances professional local government worldwide. Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and advancing professional management of local government. ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, provides member support; publications, data, and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA's 9,000 members affect 185 million individuals around the globe living in thousands of communities, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas. For more information, visit

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