Save the Date
March 8-12
NLC Congressional City Conference
Washington D.C.

April 17-18
ICMA Mountain Plains / West Coast Regional Summit
Lake Tahoe, Nevada

April (date TBD)
Field Demonstration
Pinetop-Lakeside Solid Waste District's Use of Biomass
Time: 11 am - 4 pm
ACMA to Offer Two Scholarships to Harvard Program
Arizona City/County Management Association in partnership with Arizona Public Service Company and Greenberg Traurig, Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co; and PinnacleOne will offer two full scholarships this year to ACMA members for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Read more

ACMA Adopts Bylaws Amendment
During the November 16, 2007 Executive Board Meeting, the Board of Directors voted to bring a bylaws amendment to change the name of Active Member to Full Member, add an additional Associate Member seat to the Board, eliminate the Associates Committee and make the Associates Committee Chair Board seat a permanent Associates seat, and make several changes to Retired and Life Membership eligibility. Read more
ACMA Honors Jim Thompson with 2008 DeBolske Award
In an evening full of surprise, excitement and emotion, ACMA honored Jim Thompson, City Manager, Casa Grande, as the recipient of the John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award for his dedicated service to the City of Casa Grande, the profession, and our association. Read more
Motivational Quote
"All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face that turns us from failure toward success." --Dorothea Brande
ACMA Recognizes Newest Life Members
ACMA is proud to recognize new Life Members Fred Carpenter and Stephen Cleveland. Carpenter is the former City Manager of Payson and has also worked for Guadalupe, Prescott Valley, Buckeye and Wickenburg. Cleveland is the former City Manager of Goodyear. Read more
ACMA Honors Mary Jacobs with 2008 Connolly Award
Mary Jacobs was presented with the Catherine F. Connolly Award at the Winter Recognition Banquet for excellence at the Assistant Manager level. Mary is the Assistant City Manager from the City of Sierra Vista, a position she has held since 2000. Read more
ACMA Honors Andrea Costello with First Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership
ACMA presented the new Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership Award at the Winter Conference this year. This award is specifically designed to recognize associate members who contribute to the profession through their organization at an associate member rather than the CEO level. The first recipient of this new award was Andrea Costello, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Sedona. Read more
ACMA Honors Esser and Andrews Scholarship Recipients
During the Conference in Sedona, ACMA honored Rebecca Kunsberg as the 2008 Esser Scholar. Rebecca is a Management Intern in for the Town of Marana and is currently attending Graduate School at University of Arizona for her Masters in Public Administration and Policy. The Esser Scholarship is a $2,000 award given to a student who is already working full time for a local government. Read more
2008 ACMA Winter Conference
Over 180 members from across the state converged on Sedona, Arizona to share information and hear from speakers on a wide array of topics.

The conference commenced with an Executive Leadership Seminar entitled "Precision Communication: Applying the Essential Ingredient for Successful Teams," presented by Chris Hunsicker. In this half-day long session, Chris instructed participants on techniques on getting more done in less time with more fun. Read more
2008 ACMA/APS Golf Tournament Results
ACMA extends a special thanks to APS for sponsoring this year's Winter Golf Tournament in Sedona.

2008 ACMA/APS Tournament Champions:

1st Place Team
Grant Anderson, Willdan Companies
Tom Duncan, Granicus
Rob Heimbuch, Revenue Discovery Systems
Read more
ACMA Mentoring Program
As unveiled at the Winter 2008 ACMA conference, the ACMA Board is pleased to offer a new mentoring program for associate members. This program will match associates' with experienced professionals to provide coaching and support. If you are interested in signing up for the Mentoring Program, please download and complete the application and email it to Read more
Four Arizona Cities/Towns to present case studies at Transforming Local Government Conference in June
The municipalities of Chino Valley, Gilbert, Phoenix and Yuma have been selected by the Alliance for Innovation to serve as case study presenters for the 2008 Transforming Local Government (TLG) conference in Greenville, S.C., taking place June 3-6 2008. The theme of this year's conference is Creating Sustainable Futures: Global Issues/Local Solutions. Read more
Muni-Wireless in Distress: What Happens Now to Digital Equity?
by Alan R. Shark, Public Technology Institute Executive Director

Published with permission from the December 2007 PA TIMES, monthly newspaper of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Those closely following what has been called the "Muni-Wireless movement" have reached a near state of hysteria with the recent announcement that Earthlink was initiating a strategic pullback from the dozen or so communities that they had invested in, and had been committed to build out city-wide wireless networks. Read more
Member Profile: Jessica Blazina Intergovernmental Programs Director
City of Glendale

Where are you originally from?
Rushville, Indiana

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I chose to work in local government for the opportunity to work at the grass roots level to impact positive change in my community. 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 Liisa Laikko at 602-258-5786 or email:
New Members
James C. Bacon Jr., Town Manager, Town of Paradise Valley
Kevin Burke, City Manager, City of Flagstaff
Gary Edwards, Town Manager, Town of Wickenburg
William Emerson, Town Manager, Dewey-Humboldt
Kevin P. Evans, City Manager, City of Maricopa
Debra A. Galbraith, Town Manager, Town of Payson
David Krietor, Deputy City Manager, City of Phoenix
Gregory D. Martin, City Manager, City of St. Johns
Michael K. Scannell, Town Manager, Town of Camp Verde
Deb Thalasitis, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Marana

Matthew Busby, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Apache Junction
Ken Lynch, Communications Director, City of Surprise
Marnie Schubert, Communications and Marketing Manager, Town of Queen Creek
ACMA Board
George Pettit, President
Town Manager
Town of Gilbert

Pam Kavanaugh, President-Elect
Assistant City Manager
City of Glendale

Gayle Mabery, Immediate Past President
Town Manager
Town of Clarkdale

Gilbert Davidson, Director
Deputy Town Manager
Town of Marana

James Jayne, Director
County Manager
Navajo County

Huey Long, Director
City Manager
City of Safford

Cynthia Seelhammer, Director
Deputy City Manager
City of Phoenix
Jim Thompson, Director
City Manager
City of Casa Grande

Andrea Costello, Director
Associate Representative
Assistant to the City Manager
City of Sedona

Rachel Hut, Director
Associate Representative
Management Assistant II
City of Glendale

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
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