City Manager, College Park, Maryland
Scott Somers is the City Manager for the City of College Park, Maryland, a top 20 college town. College Park is the home to over 32,000 residents and the University of Maryland. As City Manager, Scott oversees the day-to-day operations and management of the City’s government.
Prior to coming to College Park, Scott held the positions of County Manager for Clatsop County, Oregon; City Manager for Reedsport, Oregon; Assistant City Administrator for Savage, Minnesota; Assistant to the City Manager for White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Management Intern for the City of Tucson, Arizona; and Staff Assistant for a U.S. Senator. Scott earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. Scott is a member of the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) and an ICMA Credentialed Manager; a member of the Maryland City/County Managers Association; a past board member of the Oregon City/County Managers Association; and a past president of the Association of Public Management Professionals of Minnesota. In 2003, Scott was admitted to Pi Alpha Alpha, the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
During his time in Minnesota, Scott was actively involved in the creation of Next Generation, a Minnesota City/County Managers Association (MCMA) initiative. As a member of MCMA, Scott was on the Professional Development Committee from 2006-2008 and the Emerging Leaders Committee from 2006-2007. He was a member of the League of Minnesota Cities Nominating Committee from 2006-2007 and was a member of the Finance Focus Group for the League of Oregon Cities (LOC) and an active member of the Legislative Committee for the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC).
Scott was first on skis when he was only two years old and remains an avid downhill skier. He also enjoys traveling, adventuring, and hiking (and puts the City’s numerous and interconnected trails to great use). Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Scott and his husband happily reside in the great city of College Park where they spend much of their time landscaping, gardening, and remodeling their home.