Eric A. Anderson
Eric A. Anderson has been city manager of Des Moines, Iowa, since 1995. He is also a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Michael Di Paolo serves as the information systems and services director for Fort Worth, Texas, and is responsible for organization-wide strategic technology planning, management and operations.
Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, to a second term as president of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, to the board of directors of the National Conference of Black Mayors and as second vice president of the National League of Cities. Archer has also been designated a general co-chairman of the Democratic National Committee by President Clinton.
Russell Goff has been the information services director of Wake County, N.C., for 12 years. He has led the migration from a mainframe-based data center to a wide-reaching, broadband IP network called WakeNet, which joins 12 municipalities and the county through a common portal to the Internet.
Ellis Hankins has been the executive director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, an association of 518 cities and towns, since 1997. He previously served as the league's general counsel and primary lobbyist, and practiced law for five years. He holds a law degree and a master's degree in land-use planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Liz Kniss is a manager of marketing and communications at Sun Microsystems Labs. She has also been a member of the Palo Alto City Council since 1989, including a stint as mayor in 1994.
Chris Lee has served as executive director of administrative services for Mobile, Ala., since 1994 and is responsible for the internal support functions of municipal government. These responsibilities include: human resources, total quality management and strategic planning coordination, municipal information systems, telecommunications, urban development and grants development.
Jim Miller is executive director of the League of Minnesota Cities, a position he has held since 1993. Prior to his current position he was city manager of Minnetonka, Minn., for 13 years and previously served as an assistant in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as cities in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona.
Bruce Romer has served as chief administrative officer of Montgomery County, Md., for the past four years, part of his 30-year career in local government management. He is past president of the Maryland City and County Management Association; is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and was elected to ICMA's Executive Board representing the Northeast Region.
Andy Spano took the oath of office on Jan. 1, 1998, as the seventh county executive of Westchester County. He is the second Democrat in the history of Westchester to be elected to the county's highest office. He previously served as county clerk.
Connie Sprynczynatyk is serving a third term on the Bismarck City Commission. She is the executive director of the North Dakota League of Cities, a member of the National League of Cities Board of Directors and a director of First Southwest Bank.
Rebecca Troutman, director of research and information technology with the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, is responsible for information technology issues, analysis of tax, finance and expenditure issues, and special projects in human services.