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2009 ACMA Winter Conference
The 2009 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 4-6. The 2009 Winter Conference Planning Committee has put together a fantastic conference agenda featuring the following sessions and many more: Read more
ACMA Nominating Committee Report
by George Pettit, ACMA President

It has been my pleasure to serve as the Chair of the 2009 Nominating Committee. The other members of the nominating committee were Pam Kavanaugh, Glendale, Gayle Mabery, Clarkdale, and Rachel Hut, Glendale. The committee has nominated the following ACMA members for election to the ACMA Board of Directors: Read more
Focus on Leadership: Leader Job #3: COACH - Building Engaged People
By Kim McKinnon, PhD

Author's note: this is the fourth 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.

I was terrified! My fourth grade teacher had "invited" five "volunteers" (including me) to go to the chalkboard. Typically this process involved writing two of the 'answers' from last night's math homework on the board for others to view. For those who did not fit into the 'math whiz' category, this wasn't a happy experience. Fortunately for me, this time it was different. Instead of instructing us to share our expertise in math, Ms. Thomas said that we should each "write the name of your favorite movie star" on the board. I was jubilant - no math! This momentary victory was quickly followed by another moment of panic when I struggled to think of a 'movie star' in the no-DVD, few television re-runs and even fewer first-run movies that came to Mesa, Arizona in 1965. And then….in a moment of inspiration … it came to me. Read more
Quick Quiz on Ethics
Reprinted with permission from the July 2007 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, Washington, D.C.

Test your knowledge of the ICMA Code of Ethics and advice. Answers and explanations are provided in this magazine.

1. The county council has asked me to raise funds for the Arts in the Parks festival this summer. As the county manager, can I raise funds for this cause? Read more
Handling Tough Questions from Tough Audiences
By Marnie Green

All the preparation and knowledge in the world cannot prepare you for an audience who does not like or believe you. Many of my clients face public audiences who are hostile or who do not want to hear the message that is being delivered. However, even in the most tenuous scenarios, some presenters seem to develop rapport and build the trust of their audience. Here are a few of the things these experts do to win over their tough audiences: Read more
Member Profile: Jenna Goad
Intergovernmental Programs Coordinator
City of Glendale

1) Where are you originally from?
Phoenix, AZ.

2) Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
Having worked for the City of Phoenix during college and then pursuing a Masters of Public Administration, I knew I wanted to work in government. I believe local governments have the most impact on people's everyday lives and I wanted to work towards improving my community in a way that would impact people's lives on a daily basis. Read more
Member Profile: Jeff Riggs
Management Intern
City of Chandler, City Manager's Office

1) Where are you originally from?
I was born in Chandler, and I lived there for several years before moving to Gilbert. When I was seven, my family moved again to the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix, and we stayed there until I moved to Tucson to attend the U of A.

2) Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
Dr. Vanacour, the head of ASU's Urban Management program, called me after ASU accepted me into their MPA program, and he told me that I looked like a good candidate for local government. After talking to him, I started doing some research and found the variety and challenge of the profession to be very exciting. The direct impact of local government also dovetailed with a longstanding desire of mine to help out my community, so I changed my MPA focus and began pursuing a career in local government. 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
Jack Kramer, City Manager, City of Kingman

Carolyn F. Bristo, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Phoenix
Clarence (Charlie) Cassens, Intergovernmental & Communications Affairs Mgr., Lake Havasu City

Mayra Baquera, Management Intern, City of Phoenix
Scott J. Bowles, Full Time Student, Arizona State University
Samuel Feldman, Full Time Student, Arizona State University
David Marquez, Full Time Student, Arizona State University
Cynthia Segovia, Full Time Student, Arizona State University
Greg Stopka, Full Time Student, University of Kansas
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
Administrative Services Director
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
Senior Management Assistant
City of Glendale

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