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Dr. Nollenberger is a Vice President with GovHR USA, specializing in management consulting assignments, executive search and financial evaluation. He has over 34 years of experience in government, management consulting and private sector. He has served in management positions in eight local governments in five states.

Dr. Nollenberger has extensive leadership and chief executive experience in city and county governments. While City Manager of Muscatine, Iowa; Richfield, Minnesota; Beaumont, Texas; and Duluth, Minnesota and County Administrator of St. Louis County, Minnesota and Lake County, Illinois, he developed and implemented significant organizational changes. In addition, he implemented financial management policies and systems that stabilized the financial affairs of the communities. Dr. Nollenberger has managed organizations from 200 to 2800 employees. He also served as a Finance Director and as Assistant Finance Director in two communities in Iowa and Colorado.

Dr. Nollenberger worked as a management consultant with one of the then “big eight” accounting firms serving clients in local governments. He performed organizational studies for San Antonio, Arlington, and College Station, Texas and Bella Vista, Arkansas. He performed privatization studies for Austin and Beaumont, Texas. He has performed executive search engagements across the country. In addition, he has been responsible for or participated in financial forecasting and revenue analysis, implementation of personnel classification/compensation programs, productivity analysis and organizational restructuring, organizational effectiveness and team building, employee participation programs, labor relations/negotiations, economic development, downtown redevelopment, and capital budgeting/bond financing. Dr. Nollenberger recently revised the 4th edition text of the ICMA publication Evaluating Financial Condition — A Handbook for Local Government.

Dr. Nollenberger has been responsible for management in the areas of personnel, police, fire, public works, airports, transit, water & sewer, parks & recreation, planning, economic development, health, civic centers, housing, solid waste, libraries, engineering, liquor stores, finance, information systems and budget & research. He has also been responsible for management in the financial areas of accounting, revenue, purchasing, treasury, and debt management.

Dr. Nollenberger has served as the President of the International City/County Management Association (1994-95). He is currently a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (chartered by Congress). He has served in numerous other association positions in city and county government and presented at numerous conferences. He has taught courses for five universities in their Master’s programs.

Professional Education, Instruction and Local Government Background, Memberships and Affiliations

Professional Education, Training and Instruction

  • Doctorate in Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, University of Colorado, CO
  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree, University of Iowa, IA

Professional Development and Speaking Engagements

  • Former Associate Professor (Current Professor Emeritus), University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
  • Municipal Government Structure in Wisconsin – Does Form Matter? ICMA Annual Conference, 2016
  • Municipal Government Structure in Wisconsin – Does Form Matter? Small Cities Conference, 2015
  • Municipal Government Structure in Wisconsin – Does Form Matter? Midwest Public Affairs Conference, 2014
  • Comparing Online, Hybrid, and On Campus Alternatives in a Masters Program – Student Preferences, Perceptions of Process, and Perceptions of Learning Outcomes Teaching Public Administration Conference, 2014
  • The Relationship of Wisconsin Forms of Government to Socioeconomic, Financial, and Internal Factors. Midwest Political Science Association Conference, 2013
  • Council-Manager Relations – Enhancing the Relationship, Iowa Municipal Management Institute, 2012
  • How Can Scholars Help City/County Managers Solve Today’s Problems? ICMA Annual Conference, 2012
  • Contracts or Agreements? Understanding an Employment Agreement, Wisconsin City/County Management Association Conference, 2012
  • Evaluating Financial Trends in Local Government: Examining Past Budgets Aren’t Enough, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay – Academy for Civic and Public Affairs, 2011
  • Wisconsin Form of Government – Leadership, Management and Politics, Midwest Political Science Association Conference, 2011
  • The Relationship Between Budget Priorities and Community Perceptions of Service Importance and Effectiveness of Programs, American Society of Public Administration Conference, 2010
  • Divided Vote Analysis in the Governmental Decision-Making Process, Midwest Political Science Association Conference, 2009
  • Divided Vote Analysis in the Governmental Decision-Making Process in Middle Size Cities in the United States, American Society of Public Administration International Conference on Public Administration, 2008
  • Conflict and Cooperation in the Decision- Making Process in Middle Size Cities, Midwest Political Science Association, 2008

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration
  • Former President of the International City/County Management Association

Local Government Professional Background

Over 34 years of experience in government, management consulting and private sector
  • County Administrator, Lake County, Illinois
  • City Manager, Duluth, MN
  • County Administrator, St. Louis County, MN
  • City Manager, Beaumont, TX
  • City Manager, Richfield, MN
  • City Manager of Muscatine, IA
  • Assistant City Manager, Englewood, CO
  • Finance Director, Englewood, CO
  • Assistant Finance Director, Iowa City, IA