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Board Member Article: Building Positive Relationships with the Council
By: John Kross, Town Manager, Queen Creek, ACMA President-Elect

Developing and maintaining the confidence of the city/town Council or Board is arguably the most challenging part of our jobs. It has become magnified during the last few years with the crumbling of the economy with continued stress on the communities we manage and our organizations. As manager, the issues we work on sometimes are thrust into the middle of the debate between candidates for office, generating unfortunate conflicts. There are some things we can do as managers to build and lead to lasting strong relationships with our elected officials that lead to mutual respect and maintenance of professionalism in this delicate relationship. Read more
Register Today for ACMA Summer Conference!
The Planning Committee has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on this year's upcoming Summer Conference. Registration for the event has launched and can be found at: Be sure to confirm your spot as soon as possible as registration closes July 15! Read more
ICMA Milwaukee
The ICMA 2011 Conference in Milwaukee is right around the corner, and this year its more important than ever to attend. Running September 18-21, this year's conference will be a great event for Arizona managers in more way than one. Aside from delivering the information rich sessions, and multitudes of networking opportunities we've come to expect from ICMA conferences, Arizona managers will have the opportunity to promote the great state of Arizona in anticipation of next year's ICMA 2012 Conference in Phoenix. Getting the word out is the first step to hosting a great event and we encourage all ACMA members that can, to attend this year's Conference and help promote all that Arizona has to offer. ICMA has offered some additional reasons to attend: Read more
Ethics Feature: The High Cost of Silence
Reprinted with permission from the June 2011 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published and copyrighted by ICMA (International County/City Management Association), Washington, D.C.

Why reporting wrongdoing is essential

Whether on the front line delivering services or occupying the manager's chair, all employees have a stake in reporting incidents of suspected or actual wrongdoing. An organization's reputation is built-for better or worse-on the conduct of each individual employee. Everyone's conduct really does matter. And that's not just the management cliché of the month. Read more
Solar Communities: SunShot Seeks to Reduce Solar Cost
Reprinted with permission from the June 2011 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published and copyrighted by ICMA (International County/City Management Association), Washington, D.C.

What communities can do to make solar cost competitive

The Department of Energy's (DOE) SunShot Initiative aims to make the cost of solar energy competitive with other forms of energy, including fossil fuels. DOE is working to reduce the cost of solar energy by more than 75 percent by 2020. Read more
ACMA Welcomes New Members
Full Members
Brenda Fischer, City Manager, City of Maricopa
Del Post, Deputy Town Manager, Town of Marana

Associate Members
Jessi Pederson, Management Assistant II, City of Glendale
Kim Bradford, Executive Management Assistant, City of Goodyear

Faculty Members
Dr. Paul Melendez, Professor, University of Arizona
Sheri Wakefield-Saenz, Liaison - Public Initiatives, Arizona State University

Student Member
Uriah Bennett, Student, University of Arizona

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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