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2009 ACMA Summer Conference
Over 150 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.

This year's Summer Conference was a huge success thanks to the hard work and contributions of many individuals. Thank you again to our sponsors for making this possible and to the dedicated planning committee for putting everything together.
ACMA's Next Generation Initiatives
By Cynthia Seelhammer, Deputy City Manager, City of Phoenix
and Josh Wright, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town of Marana

It's an amazing statistic: 45% of this nation's workforce, an estimated 84 million baby boomers, are eligible to retire in the next few years. In local government, the trend has been even more pronounced: in 1971, 45% of local government managers were in their 30s, while by 2000, that number had dropped to 16%. Who will replace the local government leaders when they retire? How do we ensure that strong professionals will be here to manage local government? It is clear that developing the next generation of local government leaders is critical to the sustainability of our profession. Read more
Ethics Feature: Managing Conflicts of Interest
Reprinted with permission from the March 2009 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, located in Washington, D.C.

Scenario: After going through an extensive design development phase, the proposal to rehabilitate a historic section of the downtown area went to the planning commission for approval. The development phase was quite lengthy because city leadership was committed to engaging all stakeholders in an effort to reach consensus on a range of design issues. 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: Edith Baltierrez
Management Intern
City of Phoenix

Where are you originally from?
I'm originally from Southern California. I was born in Harbor City but grew up between the cities of San Pedro, Long Beach, and Norwalk. However, after residing in Arizona for the last 20 years I consider myself a native.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in business, I was strongly recruited by an insurance company to fill the position of a commercial underwriter. During my three years of employment, I gained extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and mastered my responsibilities; however, it became apparent something was missing. I realized there would never be a direct connection between me and the people I served, and my work had very little impact on people's lives. I yearned for an occupation that supported a higher purpose and decided to leave private sector employment to pursue a career in public service. Read more
New Members
Richard Miranda, Deputy City Manager, City of Tucson
Jeffrey Philpot, Acting City Manager, City of San Luis
Gary Neiss, Town Administrator, Town of Carefree
Roger Kolman, Assistant City Manager, City of Maricopa
Bill Lee, City Manager, City of Somerton
Richard Davis, Town Manager, Town of Fountain Hills

Shirley Gunther, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager, City of Avondale
Matt Muckler, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town of Buckeye

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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