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President's Message
After a discussion at our board meeting during the Winter Conference, the Board met in Chandler on April 9 and 10 to develop a new strategic plan. ACMA's first strategic plan was formulated in 2002. That plan was updated in 2006 and since that time annual work plans have been tied to it to accomplish ACMA's mission. In April, the Board revised the vision, mission and values statements and created 9 Key Results Areas (KRA's) goals with a series of specific, measurable accomplishments under each KRA, targeted for completion in 2009-10. Pending a final vote of the board at our May meeting, I wanted to share those proposed Key Results Areas with you, along with the board member(s) assigned responsibility, so that you can share your thoughts prior to completion of the document. Read more
ACMA and ICMA Partner to Offer Scholarship to ICMA Conference in Montreal, Quebec
ACMA and ICMA have partnered to offer two scholarships to the 95th Annual ICMA Conference in Montreal, Quebec, September 13th-16th. The scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary conference registration from ICMA and ACMA will reimburse 75% of the recipient's travel expenses up to $1,000. Read more
Ethic Feature: Challenging Career Decisions
Reprinted with permission from the September 2008 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, Washington, D.C.

Q. Following months of public discussion about the failure of the organization to deliver on key initiatives and criticism of the manager's leadership, the city council voted to terminate the manager. The assistant city manager understands that this is entirely council's call but is totally demoralized by what she views as an unfair and arbitrary decision. This manager, who recruited the assistant to join the city less than a year ago, has been an innovative, effective, and exemplary leader. If the manager who hired her gets fired and she doesn't support the council's decision, is it appropriate for this assistant to start searching for a new organization now? Read more
ICMA Conference 2009: Montréal: Cosmopolitan But Not Expensive

Tough times are not the best time to cut back on the high-quality professional development and networking you need to help your community deal with the current economic crisis. With nearly 100 concurrent educational sessions, field demos, Solutions Track sessions, Marketplace Roundtables, and other professional development opportunities, this year's ICMA Annual Conference, September 13-16 in Montréal, will provide you with ideas and strategies that you can put into action as soon as you return to your office. Read more
Focus on Leadership: Leader Job #4: ARCHITECT - Working Together as a TEAM
By Kim McKinnon, PhD
Author's note: this is the fifth 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.

The great American industrialist Henry Ford made the following comment about people coming together to work as a team:

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

Appropriately, our topic in this edition of "Focus on Leadership" is the responsibility the leader has to be an "Architect" - a person who brings people together to create a team. For those following along in our series, this is the fourth of five key leadership roles we've titled, "The Fundamental Five." We've previously described them as follows: Read more
2009 Andrews Scholarship Winner Chooses Internship City
Joseph Brehm, the 2009 Marvin Andrews Scholarship winner, has chosen to complete his summer internship in the Town of Oro Valley. ACMA provides $3000 in matching funds to a city or town with a population of less than 50,000 or a county under 100,000 in order to host the Andrews Scholar as an intern. Congratulations to Joseph and the Town of Oro Valley.

If your city, town or county is interested in hosting the Andrews intern in 2010, please contact ACMA.
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:
Member Profile: Nicole Dailey
Assistant to the City Manager
City of Maricopa

photo courtesy of Shelley Gillespie/The Communicator

Where are you originally from?
Lake Havasu City, AZ (born and raised)

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I come from a family of educators who have always been passionate about serving the community. I originally intended to pursue a career in law, but I was drawn to the challenges and direct service aspect of local government. I had some mentors very early on who strongly encouraged me (Mike Hutchinson & Marty Vanacour) in this direction, and I haven't looked back since! Read more
Member Profile: Joe Brehm
Marvin Andrews Scholarship Winner

Where are you originally from?
Phoenix, AZ born and raised.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I was introduced into public service when I joined the Mesa Police Explorers and the Arizona State University Police Department. From then on I knew that serving the community was my calling. After being introduced to the MPA program at ASU I felt that I can serve the community better from the management side. Read more
ACMA Board of Directors
Pam Kavanaugh
Assistant City Manager
City of Glendale

George Pettit
Immediate Past President
Town Manager
Town of Gilbert

Gilbert Davidson
Town Manager
Town of Marana

Cynthia Seelhammer
Deputy City Manager
City of Phoenix

Rachel Hut
Associate Representative
Management Assistant II
City of Glendale

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

Tom Belshe
Deputy Director
League of Arizona Cities and Towns
James Jayne
County Manager
Navajo County

David Andrews
Town Manager
Town of Oro Valley

Robert Flatley
City Manager
City of Coolidge

Jim Thompson
City Manager
City of Casa Grande

Joshua Wright
Associate Representative
Assistant to the Manager
Town of Marana

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