The following directory of executive search firms is an informative service for both public sector employers and job seekers alike. Executive search firms provide a variety of important and valuable services which include: personnel management and classification systems development; candidate recruitment and testing; test development and training; and general consultation on human resources-related topics.
Please do not send unsolicited resumes to executive search firms unless you are applying for a specific position for which they are conducting an active recruitment.
Affion Public is a strategic consulting and advisory services firm focused on providing technology and executive search services for state and local government, education and non-profit organizations.
Affion Public is the result of a merger between Arcus Public, a nationally recognized executive search firm, and Affinity Technology Consultants, an experienced technology advisory and consulting services company. Our over 300 years of combined experience, which is deeply rooted in the public sector, allows us to bring extensive knowledge and expertise to every assignment and to provide clients with comprehensive human resource and technology consulting strategies.
Whether it’s finding the perfect candidate for a key position or assembling a seasoned team of technology operations people to tackle a tough problem, Affion Public has the solution.
ALLIANCE RESOURCE CONSULTING LLC is considered one of the premier public sector executive recruiting firms in the country. Our company motto “The Power of Partnership” is taken seriously at ALLIANCE and carries a reputation of providing service and building lasting relationships by placing the highest quality candidates throughout the United States.
ALLIANCE RESOURCE CONSULTING was formed when our executive search consultants acquired the highly regarded executive search practice of one the largest public sector consulting/government services companies in the United States. At ALLIANCE, we are building on the excellent reputation and commitment to service that were the cornerstones of the previous practice. With the innovative use of technology and a commitment to forming enduring partnerships with our clients, ALLIANCE RESOURCE CONSULTING is committed to setting a new standard in the industry.
The ALLIANCE RESOURCE CONSULTING founding partners each have advanced degrees and over 24 years of combined experience in public sector service and recruitment. In addition, our partners are affiliated with many prestigious organizations such as the American Society for Public Administration, Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, University of Southern California Town & Gown, Long Beach Guadalajara Friendship City, Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Sister Cities International.
The strength of ALLIANCE RESOURCE CONSULTING is our ability to create and maintain strategic alliances with local and regional organizations. The synergistic alliances that we have created help us maintain the highest standard of excellence in the industry.
William Avery & Associates, Inc. is an Executive Search and Labor Relations consulting firm, which has served both the public and non-profit sectors for over 25 years. Building strong relationships with clients, and helping clients build strong relationships within their own organizations, are key objectives at Avery Associates.
The firm is pleased to announce the creation of a new Management Group to complement its current services. This Group consists of local government professionals who have previously done exceptional work together and have considerable practical problem solving skills based on extensive local government, special district, non-profit work, and consulting experience. The Management group will take an innovative and solutions-based approach focused on addressing critical challenges that are at the core of the current fiscal crisis in local government and special districts.
Members of the Avery team work together closely to design a customized, winning strategy for each client. Our personal approach is characterized by the highest standards of integrity, ethics, responsiveness, and commitment to your success.
Way back in 1970 Hodes set out to redefine help-wanted advertising with a fresh, creative, “big picture” approach to solving recruitment problems.
Today we’re a world leader in integrated talent solutions. We continue to promote growth and change in our marketplace, while advancing the state of our art. We remain dedicated to the three elements upon which we built our agency: service, creativity and respect. And our track record as innovators, both through creativity and technology, continues to grow.
Hodes truly believes that Talent Matters, and that starts with valuing our own people. And not just their skills meeting clients’ needs, but those special charateristics and talents that they bring to our workplace every day. Take a peek inside and meet some of the individuals that make Hodes so special.
Bernard Hodes Group knows that nothing adds more value to your organization than talent. We help our client partners find their very best talent every day by creating strong, resilient, and honest employer brands.
We approach your brand using the Hodes 360 Process: Assess > Strategize > Implement > Measure. This process ensures ROI by consistently measuring our efforts against expected results and allowing us to adapt our strategies to the constantly shifting landscape.
We begin assessing your employer brand as viewed through the Talent Talent Lifecycle. As talent progresses from Candidate to New Hire to valued Employee, their needs and perceptions change. Hodes then strategizes the best solutions possible to address the unique strengths — and weaknesses — of your employer brand and how it communicates with your customers. And with the Bernard Hodes Global Network you’re able to implement these solutions at the local, regional, and even global level, depending on your needs and the needs of your talent.
Finally, we hold ourselves accountable through continued measurement. As a true partnership, our success is only based on your success and we seek out every opportunity for improvement.
Why do we go to such great lengths for our client partners? Simple. Because Talent Matters.
We optimize the way your agency or business organization operates. We have a strong and guiding belief that clarity and vision in management are paramount. Agencies and companies too often allow themselves to stagnate, moving forward without a plan or clear vision. Success is a result of good planning and aligned action.
Whatever your organization’s budget level, we can help. We offer flexible management consulting and training services ranging from full service, on-site consultation to our new online Webinar series.
BHI Founder & President Brent Ives has trained hundreds of managers from all walks of the public sector and business. Always committed to a no-nonsense style, he guides clients to techniques and strategies that get results.
Ms. Phillips is a member and or a sponsor of the International Hispanic Network, ICMA, Women Leading Government, International Fire Chiefs Association, Water & Waste Water Professionals, GFOA, CME, Hispanic Professional Women’s Association.
Ms. Phillips has a passion for helping people, evidenced by her fundraising and efforts to raise awareness for organizations such as Autism Speaks and the M.I.N.D. Institute.
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Mr. Phillips was part of an executive acquisition and recruiting team where he helped build a start-up enterprise software company in San Francisco. He recruited top notch talent, and built a world class organization. The company was eventually sold to a Fortune 500 software company.
Mr. Phillips has maintained customer relationships in the public sector, private sector, as well as medical, and financial institutions. He prides himself on finding key talent and offering the best customer service to his clients.
Mr. Phillips is involved in his community as a soccer coach and as an organizer of fundraisers for Autism Speaks in Sacramento. Mr. Phillips received his Associate of Science degree, as well as completed coursework at Rochester Institute of Technology, NY.
Mr. Williams was involved in the development of some of Sunnyvale’s most innovative programs and has a national reputation for excellence in law enforcement. He has been responsible for numerous recruitments throughout his career. Clients find his insight and expertise in recruitment and selection a valuable asset.
Mr. Williams received his Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Bob Murray & Associates brings a personal approach to providing quality executive recruitment services. Our clients include cities, counties, and special districts, both large and small. Our experience includes working with the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, Sacramento, and San Diego, CA; Eugene, Salem, and Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; San Antonio, TX; New Orleans, LA; Greenville, SC; Norfolk, VA; Jupiter and Miami Beach, FL; and Washington DC. Counties we have assisted include Orange County, Monterey County, and Marin County, CA; Clackamas County and Washington, OR; Fulton County, Orange County and Lowndes County, GA; Arlington County, VA; and Bay County, FL. We have also assisted a number of special districts and professional organizations including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association and the California State Association of Counties.
Many of our clients are “repeat customers” that return to Bob Murray & Associates because of our emphasis on quality and our success in finding candidates for positions that are difficult to fill.
Through many years of experience, we have created an ideal recruitment process by combining our ability to help you to determine the direction of the search and the types of candidates you seek. We understand the importance of recruiting candidates who are not necessarily looking for a job and are doing well in their current position. Working with professionalism, integrity and personal attention, our team-oriented search process, in addition to our proven expertise, ensures that the candidates we present for your consideration will match the criteria you have established and will be outstanding in their field. Our collaborative process, created to build partnerships with our clients, entails the following:
- Developing a Candidate Profile
- Advertising Campaign and Recruiting Brochure
- Recruiting Candidates
- Candidate Interviews and Evaluation
- Referencing Top Candidates
- Final Interviews and Background Checks
Brimeyer Fursman, LLC is an executive search and consulting firm working primarily in the public sector. We provide executive services to public sector and non-profit boards, councils, and commissions to assist in the recruitment and selection of managers, administrators, directors, department heads, and key staff. We serve our clients by functioning as a professional extension of their human resource department. We work closely with clients to complete critical staffing assignments using a process which has proven to be thorough and successful, allowing for maximum input by the client.
CDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. As a full-service consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm, we deliver exceptional client service, quality results and enduring value across the entire project life cycle.
50 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Established – 1947 as a partnership; incorporated in 1970.
Size – More than 5,000 employees working from offices worldwide.
Ownership – CDM Smith is employee owned, instilling pride in our work and allowing us the freedom and independence to put our clients first.
Organization – Closely aligned with our clients, CDM Smith provides services through the following major business groups:
- Client Services, Europe, Middle East & Africa
- Federal Services
- Industrial Services
- Public Services, North America East & Latin America
- Public Services, North America West/Central & Asia
Through a matrix structure, these units are supported by the Consulting & Engineering Divisions and the Construction Division—all working together to deliver integrated consulting, engineering, construction, and operations services worldwide.
Services – CDM Smith offers full services—consulting, engineering, construction, and operations—across the project life cycle in water, environment, transportation, energy, and facilities.
Clients – Government, business and industry.
Candidates often ask us for advice about how to present themselves to potential employers. While it is aimed primarily at the public sector and city manager positions in particular, much of it is applicable to the private sector as well. We hope the information provided in this section of our website will be helpful.
Note that the materials provided herein are designed to be used together. We suggest, for example, that when you are reading the resume section, first print out the sample resumes and have them on hand as you read the section on constructing a good resume. The same is true of the references, cover letter and so on. Please contact us if you have any thoughts or suggestions about this section of our website.
Throughout our 25 years of HR service, we’ve developed unparalleled expertise in the public sector, as well as strategic focus unmatched by any other HR service provider. Applying this combination of knowledge and vision, we’re uniquely capable of helping you maximize your organizational performance.
Delta Prime specializes in providing mission-based organizations with a unique blend of professional HR and organizational development expertise. We offer a variety of customized services — ranging from recruiting to coaching to succession planning — that allow HR and organizational development to work together effectively. Our approach is not one size fits all. Instead, we craft tailored strategies and solutions that fit your organization’s individual needs and aid in accomplishing its specific mission and goals.
Heidi Voorhees and Joellen Earl have extensive experience in local government consulting and in local government administration. This experience along with an understanding of the changing needs of local government led them to form GovHR USA, a comprehensive consulting firm that provides executive recruitment, interim and contract staffing, management and human resources consulting and professional development to clients.
Ms. Voorhees has led more than 150 recruitments for local government and not for profit entities across the country and takes pride in facilitating a tailored, thorough process that gives elected and appointed officials the tools they need to make critical human resource decisions. In addition, her firm, Voorhees Associates (2009 – 2013) provided management consulting in compensation, performance evaluation, public safety and organizational audits to more than 53 clients in 6 states.
In addition to her 13 years of executive recruitment and management consulting experience, she has 19 years of local government leadership and management service, with the Villages of Wilmette and Schaumburg, Illinois, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri. From 1990 to 2001, Ms. Voorhees served as the Village Manager for Wilmette, Illinois, one of Chicagoland’s notable residential suburbs located on the shore of Lake Michigan. During her tenure, Ms. Voorhees focused on delivering high quality services, streamlining administrative and management functions and team building throughout the organization that employed 200 individuals. Under her leadership, the organization developed a collaborative budget process, formalized its long range capital improvement program, and developed budget and financial policies that led to the achievement of a AAA bond rating for the community.
Since leaving the Village of Wilmette in 2001, Ms. Voorhees has been an Adjunct Instructor for the Center for Public Safety located on the campus of Northwestern University. She has instructed law enforcement executives in the Executive Management Program on management, community relations, and organizational culture. Ms. Voorhees has also been an Instructor for the Northwestern University Master’s Degree Program in Public Policy and Administration.
Ms. Voorhees holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Illinois State University.
Ms. Earl has 24 years in local government administration and in 2011 co-founded GovTempsUSA with Ms. Voorhees. GovTempsUSA has served more than 70 local governments in six states by providing interim and contract staffing solutions to communities in need of immediate and long term assistance. In addition, Ms. Earl leads the human resources consulting practice for the firm which specialized in classification and compensation studies, staffing analysis and human resources audits and assessments and virtual human resources assistance for participating local governments and other public sector clients.
Ms. Earl has worked in local government executive positions in three states: Massachusetts, North Carolina and Illinois; and in six jurisdictions, with populations ranging from 15,000 to 150,000: Holden, Northborough, Yarmouth and Barnstable, Massachusetts; Catawba County, North Carolina; and Evanston, Illinois. She has held positions from Human Resources Director and Administrative Services Director to Assistant Town Manager and Assistant County Manager. Ms. Earl has worked in forms of government ranging from Open Town Meeting to Council-Manager and has supervised all municipal and county departments ranging from Public Safety and Public Works to Mental Health and Social Services.
Ms. Earl brings strategic focus to management and has the proven ability to start with a conceptual idea, identify stakeholders, develop a scope of work, supervise the agreed upon process, and deliver desired outcomes. Specific examples include:
|Cape Club Property Acquisition and Creation of Pilot House II||Barnstable, MA|
|Unified Development Ordinance and Mental Health Agency Merger||Catawba County, NC|
|Community Budget Process||Evanston, IL|
In addition, she is adept at assessing service delivery, identifying efficiencies and areas of opportunities and implementing recommendations. In Evanston, she developed a new department of Administrative Services and improved operations in all areas: Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology and Parking Operations, with a 30% reduction in staff.
Ms. Earl holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Worcester State College in Worcester and a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is a proponent of continuing education and continuous learning. She attended the Senior Executive Institute, Leading, Educating and Developing (LEAD) Program, at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Established in 1984, The Hawkins Company is a management consulting firm specializing in executive recruitment. While recognized for our expertise in diversity recruiting, we are a general practice executive search firm that focuses on achieving the executive level staffing objectives of private, public, educational and non-profit clients with a commitment to recruiting “best in class” diverse leadership talent.
In the early years, The Hawkins Company focused exclusively on private sector recruiting. As our reputation grew, we were requested to conduct searches for government agencies. Within a few years, we became nationally recognized for our ability to apply private sector search strategies to meet the recruitment needs of public sector clients. Today we have broadened our client base to include educational institutions and non-profit organizations.
The Hawkins Company has been instrumental in assisting clients recruit and select strong and effective leaders. Included are over 700 national, regional and local executive searches for CEO’s, COO’s, CAO’s, CFO’s and other officers, directors, senior managers and professional staff. Over seventy percent (70%) of our searches are national in scope and our placement rate exceeds ninety percent (90%).
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Rhonda Strout-Garcia received her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Chapman University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University in Workforce Education and Development. She is a graduate of the Leadership Riverside Program sponsored by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.
Rhonda’s experience includes over 30 years of professional public management experience, in Human Resources Management. She served as a professor at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) teaching courses in Human Resources Management, and has been active in various professional associations including serving as Board President for Inland Empire District 11 – Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA).
Rhonda uses her broad background to help organizations achieve optimum organizational effectiveness. She has specific and extensive expertise in conducting organizational and staffing studies; evaluating and developing organizational structures, career ladders, salary plans, and job descriptions; conducting job audits and systems analysis for efficiency and effectiveness; conducting employee investigations; responding to harassment and discrimination complaints; developing recognition, incentive, and reward programs; performing career and/or outplacement counseling; reviewing and developing policies, procedures, and handbooks for compliance with federal, state, and local laws relating to human resources; assessing organizational issues and developing interventions; and in identifying staff development needs to enhance team cooperation and communication. Rhonda has served multiple clients in the public, private, and non-profit arenas.
Exceptionally organized and resourceful, Rhonda brings highly effective interpersonal, managerial, and leadership skills to her clients, as well as an action-oriented approach to achieving the organization’s objectives.
Henry T. Garcia received his Masters Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Political Science, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside in Political Science, He is a graduate of Berkeley’s Executive Institute of Public Policy Program, and a distinguished author of two major publications with the League of California Cities.
Henry’s employment experience includes over 30 years of professional public management, working for the cities of Riverside, Fontana, and San Jacinto, and as a City Manager for the cities of Azusa, Colton, Rialto, and Moreno Valley. Mr. Garcia has served as a professor of public policy at California State University teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses.
With Henry’s broad background, he serves as a consultant to cities and organizations in areas of Consensus Building, Strategic Planning and Goal Setting; City Manager and City Council Evaluation Process; Executive Coaching and Leadership Development; Team Building and Conflict Resolution; and Management Problem Solving.
HR Dynamics & Performance Management, Inc. is a premier management consulting firm that provides a variety of management, business/economic development, and human resources services to the public and private sector communities.
Over the past 15 years, our firm has distinguished itself through its proven commitment to excellence, customized solutions, quality work products, and sound guidance to its clients. The consultants are highly driven and “results oriented” professionals with extensive backgrounds in management and leadership, who serve their clients with the highest levels of integrity, ethics, and responsiveness.
At HR-OneSource we specialize in providing human resource consulting services to employers. Since employee costs represent a major share of the costs of operating a company, it is very important to manage the human resource element as attentively as you do your physical and financial resources. To help you manage this human resource element, HR-OneSource can provide you with the expertise on a more economical consulting basis than a costly full-time employment arrangement.
HR-OneSource is a full service human resource consulting firm specializing in meeting the employment needs of both the public and private sectors. Our services can be made available as part of a long-term, continuous human resource consulting relationship or on a one-time project basis. Our services include a fee based “Members-only website”, human resource audit, employment investigative services, compensation studies, employee handbooks, job descriptions, outplacement services, executive placement, training, and labor negotiations. Our staff of human resource professionals have over 70 years of combined HR experience, in all areas of employment law. Our HR services are intended to keep the employer in conformance with the constant evolution of employment laws and insure the minimization of employer liability.
Jason Gray is an experienced local government professional based in who has led teams in the role of City Manager and Assistant City Manager for over 15 years. In his role as City Manager, he was able to lead teams in accomplishing a wide variety of financial, economic development, organizational, and technical breakthroughs. Jason’s experience as the Chief Executive Officer of two high-growth, high-quality of life communities (City Manager of Money Magazine’s #1 Best Place to Live in America-McKinney, Texas and City Manager of Celina, Texas) as well as his years as an Assistant City Manager in Frisco, Texas has provided Jason with a remarkable perspective to help communities succeed at the highest levels.
Helping communities create an extremely high quality of life alongside a sustainable fiscal position has always driven Jason to help others comprehend the short and long-term impact of proposed projects. By use of creative public/private partnerships, strategic goal alignment, and the application of useful technology, Jason and his teams have consistently delivered solutions to communities’ most complex problems.
Jason holds a Master of Public Service Administration degree from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Jason founded the JDGray Group LLC in 2014 and is dedicated to providing the highest quality consulting services to your community to help you maximize its potential.
We have designed the JDGray Group with one purpose in mind – to help local governments solve problems. We are driven by the same desire to serve communities that you are. We work within the focus areas (see below), but we also partner with other like-minded groups that specialize in other areas – so please don’t hesitate to call us with any issue that you are facing.
Some of the issues that have been pleased to help with include:
Koff & Associates is a full-service human resources consulting firm specializing in the areas of consultation and custom services in strategic planning for the management of human resources. We help our clients address the people side of their business. This includes classification and compensation studies, performance management systems, recruitments, handbook and process design audits, labor/management issues and productivity improvement. We work in a collaborative straightforward manner, offering our clients sound analysis and practical solutions to organizational challenges. Our clients’ repeated use of our services for over 25 years demonstrates their confidence in our ability to provide sound, cost-effective and legally defensible recommendations and solutions to their workforce issues.
To accomplish desired organizational change, we take a unique approach that encourages management, employee and bargaining unit participation through two-way, open communication and education in each phase of every project. This emphasis on client involvement coupled with our expertise in implementing recommendations is critical to bringing each undertaking to a successful conclusion in both union and non-union environments.
Citizens have high expectations of what fire, EMS, and police departments should provide. These expectations are often based on scenes from television, movies, or hearsay rather than industry standards or budget constraints. The McGrath Consulting Group’s methodology helps define proper levels of response and services as well as the dollars needed to provide that service.
Public safety is not only necessary, it’s a major cost center. McGrath helps cities, towns, villages, townships, counties, and states by identifying ways to improve public safety labor and equipment issues. Most challenges involve a complex mix of vision and mission, operating policies and procedures, higher expectations by the public, increasing regulatory mandates, and sometimes decreasing revenues.
McGrath’s full repertoire of management assessment tools and training materials are used by a multi disciplinary team of consultants, each of whom possess decades of experience.
Jerry Bailey has served in Human Resource leadership positions in both the public and private sector for over 35 years, leading operations in California, Hawaii, Louisiana, New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas. This service included public education, telecommunications, electric, gas, water and wastewater utility management as well as a partner in the Western Personnel Management Center where Jerry concentrated on union relations for elementary and secondary school districts and guiding school districts through a community based search process for selection of Superintendents and other school administration positions. Mr. Bailey also owned and managed a Dunhill recruitment firm specializing in Telecommunications and Human Resources searches where he placed positions from President/CEO through the management level.
Jerry Bailey recently retired from the position of Vice President Human Resources for the San Antonio Water System where his responsibilities included management of Recruitment, Human Relations, Labor Relations, Compensation, Benefits, Performance Management, Succession Planning, Safety and Training. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Bailey obtained a B.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude) and a Master’s degree of Public Administration (Summa Cum Laude) from California State University, Chico; then further post-graduate work from Cornell University. Jerry will be managing the Texas offices for The Mercer Group while providing national leadership in educational administrative search and water/wastewater management search.
Mr. Bailey has served on numerous panels and as a speaker at association conferences and universities. His particular area of specialization is public sector executive search and development and implementation of performance management systems. Mr. Bailey is past-president of Region Nine of the Association of California School Administrators.
The Mercer Group, Inc. is an independent management consulting firm incorporated in the State of Georgia and operating nationwide.
The firm was founded by James L. Mercer, a management consultant of more than 30 years in the public and private sectors and a former Assistant City Manager. He has written and co-authored seven books and more than three hundred articles on various phases of public management.
The Mercer Group is recognized as one of the finest management consulting and executive search firms in the United States, concentrating on work for local governments and special districts. The firm currently has 21 offices spread geographically across the United States and a staff of 31 highly trained professionals to serve its clients. Specialty practice areas include organization and management studies, compensation and classification plans, executive search, strategic planning and a number of related areas.
Mr. Mercer possesses over 30 years of management and consulting experience in the private, non-profit and public sectors in general management, strategic planning, management systems and related leadership and management areas. Mr. Mercer is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), the highest designation provided by the Institute of Management Consultants USA. He is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He is the Founder and President/CEO of The Mercer Group, Inc.
He possesses Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was a founding member of the University of Nevada Foundation. Mr. Mercer is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Cornell University and holds a Certificate in Municipal Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Mercer is a former U. S. Navy submariner. He began his career in corporate America with Pacific Telephone, General Dynamics and Litton Industries, where he held several increasingly responsible positions, including a nuclear submarine construction project manager position. He is a former Assistant City Manager of Raleigh, North Carolina, he was a National Program Director for Public Technology, Inc., where he developed the highly successful Urban Technology System (UTS) for local governments He was General Manager of Southern Operations and a Senior Research Scientist for Battelle Memorial Institute (the worlds largest independent research and development organization), was a Partner and Vice President of Korn/Ferry International (at the time, the world’s largest executive search firm), he headed the Georgia Productivity Center and Industrial Extension Division for Georgia Tech and he directed the governmental consulting practice in the southern United States for the CPA firm Coopers & Lybrand prior to their merger with Price Waterhouse to form Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Mr. Mercer has successfully completed over 500 management consulting assignments and over 2000 executive searches. He is the author of five books on various aspects of public management, (contributed to three more), over 300 published articles and reports (including the Harvard Business Review), and is a featured public speaker at private sector associations, local government conferences and universities. He has severed on several private and public sector boards and is an emeritus board member of two of those organizations. He has also received many awards including the prestigious George C. Franklin Memorial Award presented by the North Carolina League of Municipalities for outstanding performance in the Public Administration Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Mercer is a recognized resource person to private sector clients and state and local governments across the country in a number of areas. These include productivity/ efficiency improvement, organization and management studies, business and strategic planning, management systems, staffing, training, privatization, governmental consolidation, and teambuilding.