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Message from the Board President
Congratulations to the Arizona delegation who participated in the ICMA 2010 Conference in San Jose, CA. Congratulations especially to the 4 ASU Andrews Fellows - Aaron Adams, Robert Baer, Stacy Hettmansperger and Somone Johnson, who attended the Annual ICMA Conference and for their pursuit of the public management profession. Read more
Nominations Being Accepted for 2010 ACMA Executive Board
In 2011, there will be two Full Member seats and one Associate Member seat open on the ACMA Board. Please review the following information carefully. Read more
Award Nomination Forms for 2010 Now Available!
Nominations for the following awards are now being accepted; please point your browsers toward the links below 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 29, 2010.

Point your browser toward the above links to download the nomination forms. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ACMA.
Board Member Article: Future Generations
By Carl Swenson, City Manager, Peoria

The Dallas Morning News in August ran an interesting article on the announced retirement of longtime Plano City Manager Tom Muehlenbeck. The writer pointed out that several other Dallas-area municipalities are led by managers approaching retirement age, and expressed concern that looming turnover at the top could undermine the stability of these cities during a period of great fiscal stress. Read more
Ethics Column: Helping the Council with an Unpopular Issue
Reprinted with permission from the August 2007 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, located in Washington, D.C.

Q. In the last city council election, one political party swept into office. A first order of business for the newly elected city council was to adopt a stricter development policy. Although the city council was unanimous in supporting the new policy, the policy is unpopular with the public so the elected officials want to take a low profile. The council has asked the city manager to help sell the new policy by writing opinion pieces for the local newspaper and seeking speaking opportunities at community meetings. Are there any ethical issues the city manager should consider in taking on this role? 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
David Cavazos, City Manager, Phoenix
Toby Cotter, City Manager, Bullhead City
Cathleen Gorham, Deputy City Manager, Glendale
Sean McBride, Assistant City Manager, Tucson
Patrick Melvin, Assistant City Manager, Maricopa

Peter Christensen, Sr., Budget Analyst, Peoria
Brenda Foote, Management Analyst, Sierra Vista
Jamsheed Mehta, Transportation Director, Glendale
Holly Yeager, Director of Organizational Development, Coconino County
ACMA Board of Directors
James Jayne
County Manager
Navajo County

George Pettit
Immediate Past President
Former Town Manager
Town of Gilbert

Robert Flatley
City Manager
City of Coolidge

Carl Swenson
City Manager
City of Peoria

Rachel Hut
Associate Representative
Senior Management Assistant
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
Gilbert Davidson
Town Manager
Town of Marana

Julie Ayers
County Administrator
Yavapai County

John Kross
Town Manager
Town of Queen Creek

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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