Purpose: The main reason for writing the article is to demonstrate the impact of knowledge management on the functioning of public administration. Multiprocessing in this respect in public administration means that knowledge management has a wide dimension. Design/methodology/approach: The article is theoretical, its purpose is to explain the essence of the issue, which is knowledge, and to give an example of knowledge management in the context of human resource management at a state university. The theoretical scope of work includes broadly understood knowledge, its management in public administration. Findings: In the context of achieving the objectives of the article are: - public administration has been shown to focus on finding and accumulating areas of knowledge, - explained what is effective knowledge management in public administration and what processes take place in it, - features of knowledge-oriented public administration were indicated, - categories of knowledge in public organizations are discussed in detail, - an example of knowledge management at a university in the context of human resources was given. Social implications: During the work on the article, the importance of the need to deepen knowledge by each member of the public organization was recognized so that it was current, broad, i.e. covering various aspects, true and bringing the expected results or solutions. Originality/value: The novelty and innovation of the article may be the author's suggestions on how to effectively manage knowledge of public administration staff.