The League of Arizona Cities and Towns proudly presents its 2008 Municipal Policy Statement, which Arizona's 90 cities and towns collaboratively chose for their legislative policy positions and action items. A hard copy is being sent to all cities and towns. To view a PDF version, select this link.
Save the Date
February 6-8
ACMA Winter Conference
Hilton Sedona Resort
Sedona, Arizona

February 6
Winter Conference Half-day Executive Training
"Precision Communication: Applying the Essential Ingredient for Successful Teams"
8 a.m. - noon
Sedona, Arizona
The 2008 Winter Conference is rapidly approaching. The Conference will be held once again at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa in Sedona, Arizona. The Conference sessions will be held February 6-8. The 2008 Winter Conference Planning Committee has put together a fantastic conference agenda featuring the following sessions and many more: Read more

By The White Mountain Managers Association

Located in northeast and north-central Arizona are the treasured communities of Navajo and Apache counties. Professional managers direct the nine incorporated communities, and both Counties in this, the White Mountain region. Historically, these communities cooperated when necessary but generally worked individually and pursued individual goals for improvement. Read more
By William Fulton

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

Should cities be cool or uncool? If they need to be cool, do they make that happen with art galleries and restaurants? Or with sports stadiums?

A few years ago, Richard Florida - then a professor at Carnegie Mellon University - turned the world of economic development upside down with his book "The Rise of the Creative Class." Florida argued that the engine of the American economy is the highly educated group of people who create things - artists, scientists - that are then transformed into new products. Read more
Motivational Quote
"We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." -Aristotle
By Marnie E. Green

Universally, supervisors and employees dread that annual ritual of performance evaluations. In some organizations, they postpone the event for as long as possible. In others, it is just avoided - sometimes for years.

We often waste, misuse, or squander this opportunity for enhanced communication and feedback that could potentially lead to higher levels of performance and increased morale. It's no wonder the experience is often described as painful. Read more
ICMA Credentialed Managers
ACMA Member Mary Jacobs, Assistant City Manager, Sierra Vista, became an ICMA Credentialed Manager in October 2007. ICMA describes its Credentialing Program as, "...a means of defining and recognizing an individual ICMA member who is a professional local government manager qualified by a combination of education and experience, adherence to high standards of integrity, and an assessed commitment to lifelong learning and professional development." Congratulations Mary on your achievement!

To see a list of all ICMA Credentialed Managers, select this link.

To learn more about ICMA's Credentialing Program, select this link
County Administrator
Yavapai County

Where are you originally from?
I was raised in upstate New York and moved to Arizona during high school. After leaving the Phoenix area to raise the family in a less urban setting, we took a 2 year detour in Telluride, Colorado, but have found our home in Prescott.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I received a degree from ASU in Business with a Human Resources emphasis. I started my career in HR in the hospitality industry and eight years ago transitioned to government as Yavapai County's HR Director. I very quickly realized that local government service is an ideal venue to add value and make a difference in my community. Read more
Management Analyst, Finance Division
City of Sierra Vista

Where are you originally from?
I am originally from Morgan Hill, California, 15 miles south of San Jose.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I decided to pursue a career in local government in order to make a difference in the community. Local government decisions play a critical importance in the quality of our citizen's lives. Read more
ACMA Members on the Move
Do you have a recent promotion or transition that you would like to announce? This new section of the newsletter recognizes members who have recently been promoted or have changed organizations. If you would like your name to be featured in this section of the newsletter, please contact Amy Price at 602-258-5786 or email:
New Members
Andrew Cooper, Jr., Public Works Director, Town of Paradise Valley
Joanne Keene, Government Relations Director, Coconino County
Rick Manchester, Parks & Recreation Director, Town of Payson

Jenny Bickford, Arizona State University
Jeff Riggs, Arizona State University
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

Gilbert Davidson, Director
Deputy Town Manager
Town of Marana

James Jayne, Director
County Manager
Navajo County

Pam Kavanaugh, Director
Assistant City Manager
City of Glendale
Huey Long, Director
City Manager
City of Safford

Bill Pupo, Director
Town Manager
Town of Chino Valley

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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