Dr. William J. Pammer
William J.
Associate Professor
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Ph.D.     University of Oklahoma (Political Science with a Concentration in Public Administration and Public Policy)
M.A.       University of Akron (Public Administration)
B.A.        Stony Brook University, SUNY (Sociology)


Dr. William J. Pammer has been a member of the faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice since 2009. Professor Pammer primarily teaches in John Jay’s Master of Public Administration Program and is the former MPA Coordinator for the West Point Program. Professor Pammer will assume the position of MPA-PPA Director on the John Jay main campus in the Fall of 2017. 

Prior to his appointment at John Jay, Dr. Pammer served as Commissioner of Planning in Sullivan County, New York from May 2004 to August 2009. During his tenure as Planning Commissioner he facilitated the completion of Sullivan County’s strategic plan, entitled Sullivan 2020, designed and implemented a county-wide flood management program, spearheaded alternative energy and environmental initiatives, and facilitated multi-municipal projects focusing on asset management.

From 2003 to 2004, Dr. Pammer was a Fulbright Scholar with the U.S. State Department assigned to the Republic of Moldova where he taught public management courses at the Academy of Public Administration in Moldova's capital city of Chisinau and researched cross-border issues. While a Fulbright, Dr. Pammer was also a senior development advisor for the United States Agency for Internal Development (US AID) Moldova Local Government Reform Project.

In addition to his public management expertise, Dr. Pammer has had a distinguished academic and consulting background in public administration. He was Chief Executive Officer and President of Analytech Associates, a governmental and policy consulting firm, and he served as Director of the Master of Public Administration Program and Professor of Public Administration at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Pammer has published numerous books, articles, and monographs focusing on program evaluation and fiscal issues, conflict management, economic development, and strategic planning. He is currently a member of the editorial board for the journal Public Administration Quarterly.

Scholarly Work

Origins of Crises: Motivations of Decision-Makers in the Polity and the Demise of the Public Interest (2017 working paper with Denise D. P. Thompson).

Managing Natural Gas Development Impacts:  Strategies to Protect Town Infrastructure and Land Use (September 2009).  Report prepared for the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), Narrowsburg, New York. 

Preparing for Natural Gas Development: Understanding Impacts and Protecting Public Assets.  Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management (February 2009). Report prepared for the Sullivan Legislature, Sullivan County Government Center, Monticello, New York.

Handbook of Conflict Management. (editor with Jerri Killian). Marcel Dekker, Inc.: New York, New York. 2003.

Managing Financial Strain in Major American Cities: Understanding Retrenchment in the Public Sector. Greenwood Press, Inc.: Westport, Conn. 1990.

Ambush Related Assaults on Police: Violence at the Street Level.(Co-author). Charles Thomas Publishers: Springfield, IL. 1986.

Research Summary

Examining Decisions in Crises to Improve Responsiveness During Periods of High Uncertainty