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New Feature: Board Member Article
Every newsletter will now feature an article written by an ACMA Board Member on a topic of their choice. These articles will discuss important topics in the field of public management.

Credentialed Managers
By Bob Flatley, City Manager, City of Coolidge

One of the main reasons I chose the Credentialed Manager Program in 2003 was an experience I had had earlier in life.

I was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 1967 after nine years of seminary education. I was shocked to learn that was the end of my professional training. Continuing education was not part of the profession. Once ordained, you were finished with the need to learn more about the profession. You supposedly had all the education you needed for the rest of your career. I don't know if that is still the situation today, but it was in 1967. 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
The End (of Recession) Is Near, But It Won't Be Pretty
Published: May 21, 2009 in Knowledge@W.P. Carey

The national and Arizona economies are expected to begin feeling the effects of a recovery during the last quarter of 2009. But over the next year the recovery will be slow, with unemployment continuing to rise and economic growth anemic at best. Meanwhile, the state's expenditures are rising, even as revenue continues to fall, setting the stage for future budget cuts and an expected tax increase. Read more
Ethics Feature: Social Media in Public Life
Reprinted with permission from the January 2009 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, located in Washington, D.C.

Scenario: Blogs are a part of the social fabric of this community so it wasn't unusual when a new one entered the blogosphere. This blogger, going only by the signature City Scoop, professed to have the definitive, inside scoop on city hall politics and activities. 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
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: Susan J. Daluddung
Deputy City Manager
City of Peoria

Where are you originally from?
The prairies of Minnesota, which makes me perfectly suited for the deserts of Arizona.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
Local government presents challenges and opportunities that allow me to use my education and experience. It also provides an opportunity to work on a larger scale, which I enjoy. Working for a city allows me as a professional to use my unique perspectives and ideas as a catalyst for change, particularly in the areas of sustainability, open space, transit oriented development and other components essential to a community's quality of life. Read more
New Members
Timothy Grier, Town Manager, Town of Star Valley
Glenn Nichols, City Manager, City of Benson

Christina A. Parry, Assistant City Attorney, City of Glendale

Samuel Schultz, Full Time Student, Arizona State University
Blake Holub, Full Time Student, Arizona State University

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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