Farber named honorary member of ICMA Dr. William O. Farber, a beloved professor from The University of South Dakota, was named an honorary member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) at their annual conference in San Diego Oct. 17-20.
This highly esteemed and rare honor is given to individuals in recognition of their contributions to strengthening the structure of local government; leadership in increasing citizen understanding of the governance and management of local government; initiatives that brought improvement and development of local government managers; and programs, writing, or general career contributions that have enhanced the responsiveness and effectiveness of local government.
The executive board of the ICMA determined that Farber's distinguished career as professor of political science at the university and his deep commitment to state and local politics set him apart from the rest. Farber's career includes creating the university's Government Research Bureau, serving as the first director of the State Legislative Research Council, and serving for 10 years as the chairman of the Vermillion City Planning Commission.
Furthermore, Farber was a leading member of South Dakota's Constitutional Revision Commission and Local Government Study Commission, and has been on the State Education and Cultural Affairs Planning Commission since 1976.
Farber was a charter member of the American Society for Public Administration and served as a member of the executive council of the American Political Science Association and president of the Midwest Political Science Association. In 1983 he was elected an honorary fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Farber's research has covered such diverse topics as Indian tribal governments, planning, city manager government, and South Dakota government and he served as a consultant for the Brookings Institution's studies on general revenue sharing, community development, and public service employment.