September 5
ASU Decision Theater Field Demo
9:30AM - Noon
Tempe, Arizona

September 21-24
ICMA Annual Conference
Richmond, Virginia
"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives."
--William A. Foster
2008 ACMA Summer Conference A Huge Success
Over 190 members from across the state met once again at Loews Ventana Canyon resort in Tucson, Arizona for the ACMA Summer Conference. Overall, the conference sessions were well received and enjoyed by all of those that attended. Read more
September Field Demo- ASU Decision Theater
The ACMA field Demo for fall will be held at the ASU Decision Theater. The Decision Theater offers organizations a unique and innovative way to approach decision making. Municipalities have used the technology that the theater offers to help in development of everything from zoning, to parks, to growth plans. More information on the demo will be available soon! For more information on the ASU Decision Theater point your browser here.
Harvard Program Scholarship Offers Valuable Experience
Jim Jayne
Navajo County Manager

I am humbled by the selection as one of two public administrators in Arizona to represent my State and the profession at the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. Thank you to the selection committee and to RBC Capital, PinnacleOne, APS and Greenberg Traurig for their generous sponsorship of this valuable program. Read more
Focus on Leadership - Leader Job #1: GUARDIAN -- Establishing Trust
By Kim McKinnon, PhD

Author's note: This is the second in a six-part series focusing on some of the latest things we know about effective leadership - recent research, best practices and a specific approach leaders can use to improve their own effectiveness.

Can those who work for you trust you? Are you someone who can be counted on? Do you always do what you say you will do? Being able to respond with a confident "Yes!" is a good measure of whether you will succeed in the first foundation role of the leader. This first role is to be a "Guardian" - a protector, a sentinel - a person whose behavior establishes an environment of trust. If you are not able to establish trust, you are not able to be a leader. You may have the title and people may be required to do what you ask, but without trust you will have disqualified yourself from experiencing true success as a leader - engaged employees, high performing teams, close relationships and, perhaps, even enjoyment at work. Read more
Member Profile: Deb Thalasitis
Assistant Manager
Town of Marana

Where are you originally from?
I was born in Connecticut, but I have lived all over the country, and most recently in the Seattle, Washington area where I worked for King County.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
Politics and government were always a fascination for me, and as a teenager, my pleasure reading would consist of books about notable political figures. The University of Florida had just gotten the public administration program off the ground when I was a senior in college and considering law school. I decided to pursue the duel law/public administration program offered which required that the first year be spent in public administration classes. After that, I was hooked on this field and never made it to law school. 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
Stephen J. Pauken, City Manager, City of Bisbee
Larry D. Rains, Deputy City Manager, City of Casa Grande

Joseph Jarvis, ACMA Andrews Scholar, City of Winslow Intern
Kathleen L. McAlpine, Guest Experience Manager, City of Phoenix, Convention Center
Rob Millar, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, City of Scottsdale
Nathan Pryor, Senior Policy Planner, Maricopa Association of Governments
Tolanda C. Ramsey, Senior Management Assistant, City of Glendale
Tim Pickering, President & CEO, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community
Edward T. Quedens, Procurement Services Director, City of Mesa

Russell Crawford, Full Time Student, Northern Arizona University

Joe Pizzillo, Retired Budget Manager, City of Glendale
ACMA Board of Directors
George Pettit
Town Manager
Town of Gilbert

Gayle Mabery
Immediate Past President
Town Manager
Town of Clarkdale

Gilbert Davidson
Town Manager
Town of Marana

Cynthia Seelhammer
Deputy City Manager
City of Phoenix

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

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

Tom Belshe
Deputy Director
League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Pam Kavanaugh
Assistant City Manager
City of Glendale

David Andrews
Town Manager
Town of Oro Valley

James Jayne
County Manager
Navajo County

Jim Thompson
City Manager
City of Casa Grande

Rachel Hut
Associate Representative
Management Assistant II
City of Glendale

Mike Hutchinson
ACMA/ICMA Range Rider
Retired City Manager
City of Mesa
Arizona City/County Management Association
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