Save the Date
June 26
Build Great Council Member Relationships Audioconference
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

July 6
ACMA-ICMA Scholarship Deadline

July 25-27
ACMA 2007 Summer Conference
Loews Ventana Canyon
Tucson, Arizona
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August 28-31
League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Annual Conference
Princess Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona
Click here for more information

September 26-28
Immigration and the Public Sector
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Phoenix, Arizona

October 7-10
2007 ICMA Annual Conference
Pittsburgh/Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
ACMA and ICMA have partnered to offer two scholarships to the 93rd Annual ICMA Conference in Pittsburgh/Allegheny County, Pennsylvania October 7-10, 2007. The scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary conference registration from ICMA and ACMA will reimburse 75% of the recipient's travel expenses up to $1,000. Read more

The Summer Conference Planning Committee chaired by Pam Kavanaugh, Assistant City Manager for the City of Glendale, met for the first time on Friday, April 27, 2007. This year's conference theme is "Commitment to Leadership: Your Community, Your Profession, Yourself."

This year's conference will begin bright and early on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00 with the ACMA Golf Tournament. Lunch will be offered to all registrants at the Flying V restaurant from 12 noon-1:00pm. Read more
2007 Public Officials of the Year Award

Every year since 1994, Governing has honored individual state and local government officials for outstanding accomplishment by naming them Public Officials of the Year. Elected, appointed and career officials from any branch of state or local government are eligible. Readers and visitors are invited to nominate individuals who have had a notable positive impact on their department or agency, community or state. Read more
Motivational Quote
Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.

- Paul Hawken, Growing a Business
Bob O'Neill
Executive Director, ICMA

ICMA joined with the Innovation Groups (IG) and the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University (ASU), to create the Alliance for Innovation. The Alliance represents an evolution of the Innovation Groups into a larger collaboration designed to advance the discovery of leading ideas and the transfer of best practice to local government. Read more
June 26, 2007, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Register for an exciting audioconference on developing and maintaining positive, effective, and productive relationships with your elected officials. "Build Great Council Member Relationships" will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT. Martin Vanacour, Ph.D., CEO of Dynamic Relations and former city manager, and Kathie Novak, mayor of Northglenn, Colo., team up to give you valuable insights into the changing dynamics of the delicate council member relationship. Read more
September 26 - 28, 2007
Crowne Plaza Hotel - I-17 and Peoria Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona College of Public Programs, Arizona State University

"Immigration and the Public Sector" is presented by the Bob Ramsey Executive Education Program at Arizona State University. The Ramsey Executive Education Program has served public sector clients from international, federal, state, county, municipal and tribal government for the past 25 years. Read more
Municipal WiFi is coming. Government employees, not citizens, may be the biggest users.


Reprinted with permission from the May 2007 issue of Governing magazine.

If you're looking for cadres of BlackBerry addicts or Bluetooth-heads, don't look in Corpus Christi. There's nary a laptop computer to be seen on the sleepy streets downtown, not a handheld gizmo in sight on the breezy promenade by the bay-front marinas. Yet, this south Texas community keeps landing on top-10 lists of the world's "most digital" cities. Read more
Elizabeth Kellar, Washington, D.C., and Jan Perkins, Laguna Beach, California.

Reprinted with permission from the January/February 2007 issue of PM magazine published by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, Washington, D.C.

Ethics has been at the core of the city and county management profession since ICMA was founded in 1914. And ethics can never be taken for granted.

As Clinton Gridley, city administrator, Woodbury, Minnesota, puts it: "Our organization's ethical underpinnings need constant tending, just like a garden. The organization may have a good reputation, but if there are momentary lapses, all of the good work and reputation we have built can be blown away." Read more
Members In-Transition
If you are an ACMA member in transition and would like your contact information featured in this section, please contact Amy Price at 602-258-5786 or

Membership dues for in-transition members are waived for one year and in-transition members receive complimentary registration to a summer and winter conference. ACMA members are encouraged to contact these individuals to offer support and/or information about employment opportunities.
ACMA Welcomes New Members!
Julie Ayers, County Administrator, Yavapai County
Alan Baker, Town Manager, Town of Duncan
David Cavazos, Deputy City Manager, City of Phoenix
David Darger, Town Manager, Town of Colorado City
Clifford O'Neill, City Manager, City of Somerton
Lloyce Robinson, Town Manager, Town of Youngtown
Carl Swenson, Deputy City Manager, City of Peoria

Scott Butler, Government Relations Coordinator, City of Mesa
Michael Campos, Management Assistant II, City of Phoenix
Wendy Escoffier, Clerk of the Board, Coconino County
Greg Gonzales, Neighborhood Specialist, City of Phoenix
Katie Gregory, Development Agreement Coordinator, City of Peoria
Matthew Hanson, Grants Administrator, City of Goodyear
Patrice Kraus, Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator, City of Chandler
Kysa Meyerer, Management Intern, City of Chandler
Dr. James Svara, Professor, ASU School of Public Affairs
Joshua Wright, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town of Marana
County Manager
Navajo County

Where are you originally from?
I was born in Orange, CA. My family moved to Gilbert, AZ in July 1976. I prefer to join my wife and 4 children as a native, but can only claim "near native" status. We moved to Navajo County in August 1999.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I started my career in Public Service as an intern and staff member in the AZ House of Representatives. While working for the State, I quickly realized that I very much enjoyed and felt "called" to government at the local level, all while falling in love with Navajo County. I went back for my MPA at ASU while at the State and moved to Navajo County. Read more
ACMA Board
Gayle Mabery, President
Town Manager
Town of Clarkdale

George Pettit, President-Elect
Town Manager
Town of Gilbert

Mary Jacobs, Immediate Past President
Assistant City Manager
City of Sierra Vista

James Jayne, Director
County Manager
Navajo County

Pam Kavanaugh, Director
Assistant City Manager
City of Glendale

Huey Long, Director
City Manager
City of Safford

Tim Pickering, Director
Town Manager
Town of Fountain Hills
Bill Pupo, Director
Town Manager
Town of Chino Valley

Mike Reuwsaat, Director
Town Manager
Town of Marana

Andrea Costello, Associates' Committee Chair
Assistant to the City Manager
City of Sedona

Lloyd Harrell, ACMA/ICMA Range Rider
Retired City Manager
City of Chandler

Mike Hutchinson, ACMA/ICMA Range Rider
Retired City Manager
City of Mesa

Tom Belshe, Secretary/Treasurer
Deputy Director
League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Arizona City/County Management Association
1820 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 258-5786
Fax: (602) 253-3874
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