800-member ILCMA endorses Ten Shared Principles

adopted by NAACP and Illinois Chiefs

November 12, 2020

The Illinois City/County Management Association Board of Directors has voted to endorse the Ten Shared Principles that were jointly created in 2018 by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) and the NAACP Illinois State Conference.

“Because the ILCMA is dedicated to creating excellence in local governance, our membership appreciated and wanted to recognize the collaboration of leadership demonstrated by our chiefs of police and the NAACP Illinois State Conference,” ILCMA Board of Directors President Drew Irvin said. Irvin is the village manager in Lake Bluff. The ILCMA endorsed the principles at its meeting on August 28, 2020.

The Illinois City/County Management Association promotes professional local government management through its commitment to inclusiveness, adherence to the ICMA Code of Ethics, and high-quality member support.  As referenced in the ICMA Code of Ethics, it is the obligation of ILCMA managers and administrators to “maintain a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant” and to “serve the best interests of all people.”

The Ten Shared Principles include the need to treat everyone with dignity and respect, endorsement of community policing, development of ongoing relationships between law enforcement and communities of color to build and rebuild trust, increasing diversity in police departments, and de-escalation training for officers.

“The ILCMA’s endorsement is very significant,” said Chief James R. Black, ILACP president and chief of police in Crystal Lake. “The police are building good relationships and community partnerships every day, and we are pleased to see our efforts recognized by a premier municipal leaders’ organization like ILCMA.”

The Illinois Chiefs association and the statewide NAACP have been engaging in serious, formal dialogue since 2015. That led to the historic signing of the Ten Shared Principles in 2018 – the first time in the United States that a statewide civil rights organization and law enforcement association reached such an agreement. Since then, more than 230 Illinois police departments have adopted the Ten Principles as their own, and the Illinois Municipal League has affirmed its support as well. 

More information about the Ten Shared Principles is here

A list of all police agencies adopting the Ten Shared Principles is here.


ILCMA was founded in 1953.  The purpose of the organization is to foster and encourage the personal and professional development of its members in order that they may better serve their communities and to promote, encourage, and preserve high ethical standards for local government administrators.  The Association’s 800-plus members are professionals who share the common interest of promoting effective local government.  Members include city, village, and county managers and their assistants, persons interested in local government management, students, consultants, and other management professionals.  Most hold graduate degrees and are appointed to their positions by the appropriate governing body.


Founded in 1941, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police has 1,200 members representing nearly 500 police agencies. It is “Illinois Voice of Law Enforcement” and it promotes professionalism and professional development for police executives.