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ACMA Nominating Committee Report
From Gilbert Davidson, ACMA President

It has been my pleasure to serve as the Chair of the 2012 Nominating Committee. Members of the nominating committee in addition to me were John Kross and James Jayne. The committee has nominated the following ACMA members for election to the ACMA Board of Directors: Read more
98th Annual ICMA Conference: Phoenix/Maricopa County Oct. 7-10, 2012
By John Kross, ACMA President-Elect

Exciting things are happening for the 98th International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Conference in Phoenix/Maricopa County on October 7-10! Approximately 100 members of the ICMA Conference Planning Committee met in Phoenix on November 18-20 to develop some conference themes including key note speaker ideas. Representatives of the local ICMA Host Committee and ACMA Board were also present to assist with the conference planning, including an initial orientation to downtown Phoenix, the Convention Center and the Heard Museum. Read more
ICMA 2012 Volunteers
There are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer for the 2012 Conference! During the ACMA Winter Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the ICMA 2012 conference and its various volunteer opportunities. If you are unable to attend the conference and are still interested in signing up, you may fill out the application below or please contact Cynthia Aguilar at for more information.

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Call for Ideas
5 December 2011

ICMA is pleased to announce a Call for Ideas for educational sessions to be offered at ICMA's 2012 Annual Conference, October 7-10, in Phoenix/Maricopa County, Arizona. Session ideas are invited within the eight theme and career tracks developed by the 2012 Conference Planning Committee. Read more
ACMA 2012 Winter Conference
By Kathleen McAlpine, Co-Chair
Winter 2012 Conference Planning Committee

Have you ever had a truly amazing experience in collaboration during your tenure as a public service employee? Serving on the Conference Planning Committees for ACMA has been such an experience for me. I am writing to ask you to attend the ACMA 2012 Winter Conference this February 1 - 3, 2012, in Sedona. Come experience for yourself the value of this professional collaboration! 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
Harvard Program Offers Valuable Experience
By Scholarship Winners: Julie Ayers and Jerene Watson

Julie Ayers
This past summer I was fortunate enough to be selected to attend the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program held at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. It sounds so cliché to say that it was a life-changing experience - but mere words do not capture the shift that takes place professionally and personally. How often do you get to "check-out" of life and simply focus on studying how to change the world? Read more
Career Compass No. 21: My Micromanaging Boss is Driving me Crazy!
By Dr. Frank Benest, ICMA Senior Advisor

17 October 2011

In this issue of Career Compass, Dr. Benest offers some approaches to coping with a supervisor who is always looking over your shoulder.

I am a park and recreation program coordination with a micromanaging supervisor. I joined my city government because it has a good reputation and offered good opportunities; however, I'm about to look for a new job in another agency. My supervisor is driving me crazy. She is constantly checking on me and how I'm progressing with my project assignments. I am a good performer and have gotten good reviews but her micromanaging style has become debilitating and is sapping my energy and creativity. I have begun to avoid her in between our scheduled once-every-two-week meetings because I'm afraid she will once again inquire about my progress. I've become more negative, less engaged, and dissatisfied. Help! Read more
Career Compass No. 22: Overcoming Your Blind Spots
By Dr. Frank Benest, ICMA Senior Advisor

30 November 2011

My department head talks about listening to employees, wanting their ideas, promoting innovation, and providing support for staff. He seems sincere about these intentions but his actions demonstrate that he does not live these values. It seems to me that he has major blind spots like most of us. He does ask for feedback but no one tells him the truth.

As I develop my leadership capabilities, how do I become more self-aware so my behavior matches my intentions? Read more
ACMA Members on the Move
Do you have a recent promotion or transition that you would like to announce? This 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
Full Member
Patrick Banger, Manager, Town of Gilbert
Brandon Buchanan, Manager, City of Williams
Timothy Grier, Manager/Attorney, Town of Star Valley
William Leister, Manager, Town of Hayden

Associate Member
Aaron Adams, Financial Analyst, Navajo County
Robert Ashton, Finance Manager, City of Phoenix
Somone Johnson, Management Assistant, City of Glendale

Student Member
Niel Curley, Arizona State University
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 Bremen
Associate Representative
Senior Management Assistant
City of Glendale

Mike Hutchinson
ACMA/ICMA Range Rider
Retired City Manager
City of Mesa
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

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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