Greenlee County, AZ
ACMA has developed the following awards and scholarships to ensure that members are recognized for outstanding service and have the opportunity to challenge themselves by participating in an international professional development program. The ACMA Board and membership is also very active in recruiting students in the field of local government management. This commitment is reflected in some of the scholarships ACMA offers.
John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award |
Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award |
ACMA Life Membership | Rachel Hut Bremen Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership |
The Harvard Senior Executive Scholarship | Esser and Andrews Scholarships
ACMA Harvard Senior Executive Program Scholarship
ACMA will offer two full scholarships this year to ACMA full and associate members for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. This intensive, interactive program is designed to help participants learn innovative ways of managing the real-world challenges and crises of government. Participants will develop new conceptual frameworks to address policy issues, explore the interrelationship between citizens and government, examine the ethical and professional responsibilities of leadership, and exchange ideas with faculty and participants from diverse backgrounds.

There are two program sessions available, June 3 - June 21, 2019 and July 8 - July 26, 2019. Selected recipients can choose either program dates. All scholarships offered to ACMA full and associate members will cover the full costs the program fee (tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals). In order to be considered for the two scholarships offered to ACMA members, please return your completed application to ACMA, Attention: Emily Webb, 1820 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ, 85007 or

Applications must be received by ACMA on or before Tuesday, March 19 (disregard the April deadline on the Harvard website if you are applying for the ACMA scholarship). Please do NOT send your application directly to Harvard, or it will not be considered for scholarship funds. Applications will be reviewed by the ACMA selection committee and selected applications will be forwarded to Harvard University. Applicants will be notified in late March if their applications have been forwarded to Harvard as ACMA scholarship candidates.

To access applications and recommendation forms directly, please click on the following links.
Click here for a program overview
Click here to view a brochure about the Harvard Scholarship
Click here to download a program application form
Click here to download a program recommendation form
Click here to view scholarship sponsors
ACMA Harvard Program Graduates
Matt Busby, Assistant City Manager, City of Apache Junction
Natalie Lewis, Deputy City Manager, City of Mesa

Gina Montes, Assistant City Manager, City of Avondale
Bryan Layton, Assistant County Manager, Navajo County

Justin Clifton, City Manager, City of Sedona
Jeff Tyne, Deputy City Manager, City of Peoria

Wynette Reed, Deputy City Manager, City of Goodyear
Mike Townsend, Deputy County Manager, Coconino County

John Kross, Town Manager, Town of Queen Creek
Robert Pickels, County Administrator, Yuma County

Charlie Cassens, City Manager, City of Lake Havasu City
Karolyn Kent, Deputy City Manager, City of Mesa

Andrew Bertelsen, Assistant County Manager, Coconino County
Dana Hlavac, Former Deputy County Manager, Mohave County
Susan Thorpe, Former Deputy City Manager, City of Peoria

Julie Ayers, County Administrator, Yavapai County
Jim Thompson, City Manager, City of Casa Grande
Jerene Watson, Deputy City Manager, City of Flagstaff

Shane Dille, City Manager, City of Nogales
Mary Jacobs, Assistant City Manager, City of Sierra Vista

Gilbert Davidson, Town Manager, Town of Marana
Kelly Udall, Town Manager, Town of Sahuarita

Patrice Kraus, Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator, City of Chandler
James Jayne, County Manager, Navajo County

Charles McClendon, City Manager, City of Avondale
Steven Peru, County Manager, Coconino County
Tami Ryall, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Gilbert

Gayle Mabery, Town Manager, Clarkdale

Terry Doolittle, Deputy County Manager, Pinal County
George Hoffman, City Manager, Apache Junction

Jeri Dustir, Deputy City Manager, Flagstaff
George Pettit, Town Manager, Gilbert

Carol Johnson, Utilities Manager, Prescott
Michael Ortega, County Administrator, Cochise County

Stephen Cleveland, City Manager, Goodyear
Dennis Wells, City Manager, Williams

Mike Hein, Town Manager, Marana
C. Mary Okoye, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Tucson

Ken Buchanan, City Manager, Casa Grande

Cynthia Seelhammer, Town Manager, Queen Creek

Patrick Sherman, City Manager, Show Low

David Ellison, Assistant City Manager, Scottsdale
Sponsors of the ACMA Harvard Senior Executive Program Scholarship
Scholarship Benefactors
Scholarship Donor
Scholarship Friends

Gust Rosenfeld


National Bank of AZ

Severn Trent Services


US Bank

Willdan Financial Services

Zions Bank
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