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President's Message
On behalf of the AZ City/County Management Association Board I want to express our appreciation to each of you for your dedication to the Public Management profession in Arizona. I appreciate your confidence in my selection as the new ACMA President for this year. Arizona is very blessed with a cadre of public management professionals and a very strong State ICMA Association. Read more
ACMA and ICMA Partner to Offer Scholarship to ICMA Conference in San Jose, California
ACMA and ICMA have partnered to offer two scholarships to the 96th Annual ICMA Conference in San Jose, California, October 17-20. 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
Career Compass No. 9: Bouncing Back From Defeat
Career Compass Columns are reprinted with the permission of Dr. Frank Benest

In this installment of Career Compass, Dr. Benest offers suggestions for how to "bounce-back" from work related defeats and maintain your enthusiasm for public service. Read more
National Spotlight on Arizona Jurisdiction
Alliance for Innovation

An Arizona jurisdiction will be among a select group presenting Case Studies at the Alliance for Innovation's Transforming Local Government Conference (TLG), June 2 -4, 2010. This year's conference theme, The Future of Service in Local Government is hosted by the Southern Nevada Cities of Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Pahrump and both Clark and Nye Counties. Read more
Ethics Feature: Encores, Fans, and Futures
Reprinted with permission from the January/February 2010 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, located in Washington, D.C.

During the past year, ICMA members posed some unusual but interesting ethical scenarios. Be mindful of these examples as you head into the new year.

Q. I retired from the city management profession with a clear plan to start my own local government consulting business. Because I never expected to be a city manager again, I made some small campaign contributions to candidates who were running for the state legislature. I've now been offered an interim city manager position and wonder what I should do about those campaign contributions. Read more
Member Profile: John Kross
Town Manager
Town of Queen Creek


Where are you originally from?
Canton, Ohio.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I became quite interested in how cities were built and how they functioned. I was particularly interested in what role they played in helping the average citizen to the large corporate member of the community. I wanted to play some positive role in the various collision of interests. Read more
Member Profile: Carl Swenson
City Manager
City of Peoria


Where are you originally from?
Tacoma, Washington

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
After studying Urban Sociology, I decided I wanted to be a practitioner instead of an academician.

What do you like most about your job?
I really enjoy working with people. I enjoy solving complex problems, working on answers and solution which would benefit our society. 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: llaikko@azleague.org.
New Members
Student
Lorizelda Contreras, Student, ASU
ACMA Board of Directors
James Jayne
President
County Manager
Navajo County

Pam Kavanaugh
Immediate Past President
Assistant City Manager
City of Glendale

Robert Flatley
Director
City Manager
City of Coolidge

Carl Swenson
Director
City Manager
City of Peoria

Rachel Hut
Director
Associate Representative
Management Assistant II
City of Glendale

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

Tom Belshe
Secretary/Treasurer
Deputy Director
League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Gilbert Davidson
President-Elect
Town Manager
Town of Marana

Julie Ayers
Director
County Administrator
Yavapai County

John Kross
Director
Town Manager
Town of Queen Creek

Jim Thompson
Director
City Manager
City of Casa Grande

Joshua Wright
Director
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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