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Nominations Being Accepted for 2009 ACMA Executive Board
In 2010, there will be three Full Member seats and one Associate Member seat open on the ACMA Board. Please review the following information carefully.

Nominating Committee
Per the ACMA by-laws, a Nominating Committee has been selected to recommend a slate of ACMA Executive Board members for consideration by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting. The 2009 Nominating Committee is composed of Pam Kavanaugh, Glendale; James Jayne, Navajo County; George Pettit, Gilbert; and Josh Wright, Marana. Read more
Award Nomination Forms for 2009 Now Available!
Nominations for the following awards are now being accepted; please select the link for more information:

John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award
Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award
Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership
ACMA Life Membership

Award Nominations are due November 23rd, 2009.

Select the above links to access the nomination forms. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ACMA.
Ethics Column: Compensation, Severance, and Bonus Issues: Are We on Main Street or Wall Street?
Reprinted with permission from the July 2009 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, located in Washington, D.C.

Scenario No. 1:
The city manager landed a new position with another community. The feelings of appreciation for all that he had done for the community during his 15-year tenure evaporated quickly when it was disclosed that his take-away compensation was nearly two times his annual salary. The final payout was for his unused vacation days, sick leave, executive pay, and other accrued benefits.

All the items had been duly laid out in an employment agreement negotiated when he was initially hired. No doubt the city's tight budget in the economic downturn, higher unemployment among the residents, and news of the recent excesses of Wall Street contributed to turning the spotlight on this situation. Read more
Harvard Program Scholarship Offers Valuable Experience
By Gilbert Davidson, Town Manger, Town of Marana

HARVARD Kennedy School of Government. The name carries a hefty reputation in higher education. It bears the name of a leader who touched the hearts and minds of a generation and beyond. For those of us in local government, we are fortunate to have an opportunity to attend an exceptional and dynamic executive education program at the Kennedy School through a generous Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) scholarship program. Read more
Career Compass No. 7: How Do I Create a "Dream Team" of Advisors?
Career Compass Columns are reprinted with the permission of Dr. Frank Benest

In this Career Compass, I address how to build a network of advisors who can help support your career advancement goals:

I'm a mid-career professional and everyone tells me that I need a good network to support my career advancement. However, I know senior managers are very busy and I am therefore reluctant to burden them with another obligation. I also do not know how I feel about developing relationships and then asking others to help me. It feels a bit manipulative. In any case, how do I create this network? Read more
Member Profile: Kristen Krey
City of Glendale
Council Services Administrator

Where are you originally from?
I am from New York City. I was fortunate, my first job out of college was working for the City of New York, I worked there for 5 years and then moved to Flagstaff, Arizona to work for Coconino County. What an incredible change that was!

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I was interested in working in law enforcement and public safety. I started as an intern for the State of New York in the juvenile justice department when I was an undergraduate pursuing my degree in criminal justice and political science. This gave me the opportunity to learn about community service and justice. It just became a natural part of who I am. 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
Ed Zuercher, Deputy City Manager, City of Phoenix

Romina Korkes, Intergovernmental Programs Manager, City of Goodyear

Shad Bustamante, Student, University of Arizona
William Bessette, 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

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
James Jayne
County Manager
Navajo County

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
Arizona City/County Management Association
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