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Message from the President
Gilbert Davidson Town Manager, Town of Marana

I am honored to be serving ACMA as president this year and look forward to an exciting year with many opportunities for involvement. I encourage all members to take advantage of every opportunity ACMA makes available to gain valuable insight from peers who understand what makes our work so unique. Read more
ACMA to Offer Two Scholarships to Harvard Program
Arizona City/County Management Association will offer two full scholarships this year to ACMA members for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Read more
ACMA Honors Jimmy Jayne with 2011 DeBolske Award
ACMA recognized Jimmy Jayne, County Manager of Navajo County, as the recipient of the 2011 John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award. The Award was created in 1997 to recognize City/County Managers who demonstrate the highest level of professional excellence in local government and who have made life contributions in serving the profession. This award is the highest honor that ACMA may bestow upon a Full Member. Read more
ACMA Honors Susan Thorpe with 2011 Connolly Award
This year's Catherine F. Connolly award was presented to Susan Thorpe, Deputy City Manager for the City of Peoria. The Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding City/County Manager Award, recognizes an outstanding assistant city or county manager who has demonstrated exemplary service to their organization, to the community, to local government and to ACMA. The namesake of the award, Catherine F. Connolly, was the Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for seven years and served 20+ years as the Deputy Director. Read more
ACMA Honors Andy Bertelsen with Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership
ACMA presented this year's Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership to Andy Bertelsen, Public Works Director for Coconino County. This award is specifically designed to recognize associate members who contribute to the profession through their organization at an associate member rather than the CEO level. Read more
ACMA Honors Esser and Andrews Scholarship Recipients
This year we had two excellent candidates who split the 2011 Esser Scholarship. During the Conference in Sedona, ACMA honored Eslir Musta and Chris Ewell as the 2011 Esser Scholars. Eslir is currently the Business Manager for the Information Technology Department at Coconino County and is enrolled in the MPA program at Northern Arizona University. Chris is a Landscape Architect at the City of Phoenix and is enrolled in the MPA program at Arizona State University. Read more
ICMA Career Compass No. 16: Should I Consider a Lateral Move?
by Dr. Frank Benest

25 January 2011 - ICMA: Leaders at the Core of Better Communities

There are times in our climb up the career ladder where either there's someone's blocking the ascent, or you're at the top rung. At times like these, the ladder next to us might offer more vertical movement. Read more
Ethics Feature: Professional Fouls
Reprinted with permission from the January/February 2011 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, Washington, D.C.

As serious as illegal conduct?

"You are putting me in the same category as those criminals? Those embezzlers? Sex offenders? Thieves? Unbelievable!!"

This is a common reaction to hearing the news that you are subject to a public censure for conduct that violated the ICMA Code of Ethics. The conduct didn't violate any law. But the ICMA Committee on Professional Conduct, having reviewed all the facts and the member's response, concluded that, because what you did was such a serious ethical breach of the profession's standards, ICMA needs to issue a public statement. Read more
ACMA Members on the Move
Josh Wright, Assistant to the Town Manager since 2007, has been appointed Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Town of Marana.

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 Mary Vinzant at 602-258-5786 or email:
New members
Greg Caton, Assistant Town Manager, Oro Valley
Ruth Osuna, City Manager, Eloy

Corey Allen Christians, Library Network Manager, Prescott

Faculty Member
Jonathan Koppell, Director, ASU School of Public Affairs

ACMA Board of Directors
Gilbert Davidson
Town Manager
Town of Marana

James Jayne
Immediate Past President
County Manager
Navajo County

Kevin Burke
City Manager
City of Flagstaff

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
John Kross
Town Manager
Town of Queen Creek

Julie Ayers
County Administrator
Yavapai County

Robert Flatley
City Manager
City of Coolidge

Jim Thompson
City Manager
City of Casa Grande

Joshua Wright
Associate Representative
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Town of Marana

Mike Hutchinson
ACMA/ICMA Range Rider
Retired City Manager
City of Mesa
Arizona City/County Management Association
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