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ACMA Nominating Committee Report
From Pam Kavanaugh, ACMA President

It has been my pleasure to serve as the Chair of the 2010 Nominating Committee. Members of the nominating committee in addition to me were George Pettit, Gilbert, James Jayne, Navajo County, and Josh Wright, Marana. The committee has nominated the following ACMA members for election to the ACMA Board of Directors: Read more
ACMA 2010 Winter Conference
By Josh Wright, Chair
Winter 2010 Conference Planning Committee

If you've been thinking about attending the ACMA 2010 Winter Conference but haven't signed up yet, now is the time while rooms at the beautiful Hilton Sedona are still available. The conference will be held February 3-5, 2010, and is packed with innovative sessions and dynamic speakers. This year's conference theme, "Living in a New Economy: Building a Better Local Government," speaks to local governments' renewed focus on sustainability and operating more efficiently in a challenging fiscal environment. Read more
ACMA Members Serving on ICMA Committees
ACMA would like to congratulate Mary Jacobs, Assistant City Manager, City of Sierra Vista, for being appointed to the 2010-2011 ICMA Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is responsible for interviewing and recommending ICMA vice-presidential candidates. The Nominating Committee consists of the past president, the president-elect, and three corporate members from regions other than those represented by the two board members.

ACMA would also like to thank Susan Thorpe, Deputy City Manager, City of Peoria, for her service on the ICMA 2010 Conference Planning Committee. The Committee is working hard on the agenda for the Conference that will take place in San Jose October 17-20, 2010.
Ethics Column: Professional Courtesy
Reprinted with permission from the November 2009 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, located in Washington, D.C.

We are so focused on our ethical obligation to the community, elected officials, and staff that most of us probably don't spend much time thinking about our ethical commitment to our colleagues.

Scenario no. 1: An advocate for recruiting new talent to the profession, the city manager didn't hesitate to take a call from a member of a U.S. senator's staff who wanted to pursue a career in local government. The staff member readily admitted that just a passion for public service combined with her federal experience alone wouldn't position her to secure the job of a city manager. She needed some serious coaching on how city management works. Read more
Career Compass Number 6: The Multigenerational Workplace
Career Compass Columns are reprinted with the permission of Dr. Frank Benest

In this installment of Career Compass, Dr. Benest discusses the multigenerational workplace and offers suggestions on how the ages can work with each other for better team cohesion and better project outcomes.

I'm a Gen X professional working in local government. Many of my colleagues are Gen X and millennials who work for baby-boomer managers. My manager tends to micromanage, horde decision-making, talks about the need for me and others to 'pay their dues,' and is reluctant to consider occasional telecommuting or flex-scheduling. He doesn't get it! How do I work with him so I can get more transparency and openness, and get him to respond to some of the values of my generation? 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
Kurtiss Kane Graves, City Manager & City Attorney, City of Globe
Steve West, Town Manager, Town of Springerville
Julie A. Ghetti, Deputy Town Manager, Town of Fountain Hills

Trista April Taylor, 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

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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