Over 200 members attended the ACMA Summer Conference held at the beautiful Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson. This year's theme was Your Community, Your Profession, Yourself. The ACMA Summer Conference officially commenced Wednesday afternoon with the session, 21st Century: a New Era for Local Government. Read more
Save the Date
August 28-31
League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Annual Conference
Princess Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona
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August 29
Hospitality Suite for ACMA Members at the League Conference
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Princess Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona

September 21
Field Demonstration
Glendale Arena - Preparation, Security and Municipal Services for a Successful Super Bowl
Glendale, Arizona

September 25
Webinar: Innovative and Realistic! Options for Public-Private Partnerships
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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

October 7-10
2007 ICMA Annual Conference
Pittsburgh/Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

October 8
Reception for ACMA members/guests at ICMA Conference
4:00 pm
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
ACMA/APS Golf Tournament Results
1st Place
Ed Beasley, City of Glendale
Stuart Kent, City of Glendale
Michelle Woytenko, City of Glendale
Mike Woytenko

2nd Place
Tim Pickering, Town of Fountain Hills
Steve Norwood, City of Prescott
Bill Pupo, Town of Chino Valley
Fred Kreiss, Severn Trent Services

3rd Place
Manny Gonzalez, Pinal County
Terry Doolittle, Pinal County
Lisa Garcia, Pinal County
Victor Flores, Salt River Project

Closest to the Pin
Jim Stricklin, Peacock, Hislop, Staley & Given

Longest Drive
Michelle Woytenko, City of Glendale

Longest Putt
Tim Pickering, Town of Fountain Hills

National Administrative Studies Project - IV is a groundbreaking study of city managers and department heads from local governments across the nation. While most academic research projects of this kind focus on the federal and state level, NASP-IV's exclusive focus is on local government. The NASP-IV project is led by Professor Sanjay K. Pandey (nasp@ku.edu; 785-864-1887 or 785-864-9091) from the University of Kansas (KU). Read more
Motivational Quote
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.

- Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)
The new Alliance for Innovation unveiled its new information materials, logo and website on June 6, at the opening session of the Transforming Local Government Conference (the annual Innovation Groups' conference) in Bellevue, Washington. Read more
By Patrick Ibarra, The Mejorando Group

You've attended the conferences where a presenter (possibly me) spoke about it. You've read the articles which focused on the impacts from it. You've scanned a number of web sites to learn more about what your agency can do to address it. You've discussed it at staff meetings. The topic at the center of all this is the unprecedented number of retirements currently happening within public sector organizations. Retirement parties used to be an occasional office event, nowadays they occur almost weekly, or so it seems. I have dubbed this phenomenon the "(baby) boomerang" effect: the impacts resulting from the exodus by baby boomers from government agencies. As these seasoned employees depart and take with them their judgment and problem-solving capabilities, (two areas essential to continued effectiveness for an organization), the question arises about what you can do to replace them and their talent? In two words: Succession Planning. Read more
By Don McEachern, CEO, North Star Destination Strategies
In Arizona's highly competitive environment, an effective brand can offer hope for moving your community from good to great.
Chances are good that you have heard about one of more of your neighboring communities embarking on a branding campaign. Branding is currently the hottest trend in municipality marketing. But before you jump on the brand wagon, take a close look at this nationwide marketing phenomenon. Is it hope? Or is it hype? Read more
Each year, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Award winners will be recognized at the ENERGY STAR Awards Ceremony on April 1, 2008 in Washington, DC. Read more
Nominations for the John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award are currently being accepted. The John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award is the highest honor that a member of ACMA may receive. Read more
The Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding City/County Manager Award was created in 2007 to recognize Assistant City/County Managers who demonstrate exemplary service to their organization and community. This award will be conveyed annually to the successful recipient at the ACMA Winter Conference. Last year's recipient was Pam Kavanaugh, Assistant City Manager for the City of Glendale. Read more
This year, the final list of the ICMA Full members due to receive awards at the upcoming annual conference in recognition of their years of local government service can be found by clicking here.
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 aprice@azleague.org.

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!
Rosalicia Cordova, Town Manager, Town of Superior
Curtis Shook, City Manager, City of Douglas

Sarah Blank, Assistant-to-the-Town Manager, Town of Buckeye
Jessica Blazina, Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Programs, City of Glendale
Joan Stauch, Water Administrator, City of Tucson
Eric Strunk, Community Partnership Director ,City of Glendale
Gregory M. Tilque, Development Services Director, Town of Gilbert
Ana Urquijo, Human Resources/Risk Management Director, City of Douglas
Michael Woods, Management Assistant/Webmaster, Town of Queen Creek
Mark Christopher Welch, Management Analyst, City of Sierra Vista
Melissa Preston, Management Assistant, City of Glendale
Tommy G. Yamasaki, Senior Human Resources Analyst, Town of Marana

Lauren M. Cochran, Intern, Town of Gilbert
Garrett Culver, Student, University of Arizona
Francisco J. Heredia, Student, Arizona State University
Rebecca Kunsberg, Student, University of Arizona
James Miller, Student, University of Arizona
John Michael Speirs, Student, Northern Arizona University
Deputy City Manager
City of Phoenix

Where are you originally from?
Born in Chicago, IL and raised in the suburb of Des Plaines, IL.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
My earliest memory as a three year old was the death of President Kennedy. As I grew older, I aspired to public service as a way to help people. For me, local government affords the greatest opportunity to positively impact the community. Read more
Assistant City Attorney
City of Peoria

Where are you originally from?
I was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Alexandria, Virginia.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I have always felt compelled to do my part to make the world a better place, something like a calling to serve others and to maximize my own utility (although those terms came later). I am trained and experienced as a Marine, a pastor, a teacher, a lawyer, and a manager: living out the balance of my professional life in city management produces the most public value from these skills. After law school I spent a couple years in the private sector with a great group of intelligent, thoughtful people; but the disconnect from public service was a persistent source of dissatisfaction for me. I was very lucky to move straight into development and finance work at the local level: the past six years are a blur of development agreements, negotiations, and finished projects of which my city can be proud, and I could only be happier if I could help lead more directly. 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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