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Message from the President
John Kross, ICMA-CM, Town Manager, Town of Queen Creek

On behalf of the Board of Directors of ACMA, I want to take this opportunity and thank everyone for your continued support of ACMA and its initiatives. I am grateful and honored to have your support to serve as ACMA's President this year. I also want to thank Gilbert Davidson, Town Manager of Marana, for his service this past year as ACMA's President. Gilbert spent considerable time and effort representing ACMA not only within Arizona but in a lead role with ICMA and their efforts to advance our profession and strengthen opportunities for ACMA members locally. He set the stage for ACMA's continued progress, sustainability and innovation and I hope to be able to continue that success this year. Read more
ICMA 2012 Volunteers
There are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer for the 2012 Conference! If you are interested in signing up, you may fill out the application below or please contact Cynthia Aguilar at for more information.

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Arizona Centennial (1912 - 2012)
Celebrate the centennial! Point your browser here to see the official page of the Arizona Centennial to view events and learn more about Arizona's history!

"While we are glad today to accept the sacred boon of statehood, we shall take up joyously the full responsibility of the gift. Arizona will never fail when called upon to contribute her share in patriotism and devotion to the Nation's cause. We feel justified in prophecying this, not because of our material advancement, but because of the character of our citizens, who have struggled with and conquered the elements of a frontier country."

Judge Doan, oration at the tree-planting in Prescott, February 1912
(Weekly Journal Miner, February 21, 1912)
ACMA to Offer Three Scholarships to Harvard Program
ACMA will offer three 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.

This intensive, interactive program is designed to help participants learn innovative ways of managing the real-world challenges and crises of government. Participants will develop new conceptual frameworks to address policy issues, explore the interrelationship between citizens and government, examine the ethical and professional responsibilities of leadership, and exchange ideas with faculty and participants from diverse backgrounds. Read more
Apply for the Innovations in American Government Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the $100,000 Innovations in American Government Award.

Offered by the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Innovations Award is heralded as the nation's premier award for the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best. Read more
ACMA Honors Cynthia Seelhammer with 2012 DeBolske Award
The John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence 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 member. The namesake of the award, Jack DeBolske, was the Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for 40 years.

This year, ACMA recognizes Cynthia Seelhammer, ACMA Retired Member and current Interim Assistant Manager for the City of Maricopa, as the recipient of the 2012 John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award for her exemplary service to several Arizona local governments, the profession and our association. Cynthia is the first woman to receive this prestigious award. Read more
ACMA Honors Karolyn Kent with 2012 Connolly Award
This year's Catherine F. Connolly award was presented to Karolyn Kent, Deputy City Manager for the City of Mesa. 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, the community, local government and ACMA. The namesake of the award, Catherine F. Connolly, was the Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for eight years and served more than 20 years as the Deputy Director. Read more
ACMA Honors Kristen Krey with Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership
ACMA recognized this year's Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership to Kristen Krey, Council Services Administrator for the City of Glendale. Introduced four years ago, this award is designed to recognize associate ACMA members who contribute to the profession through their organization at an associate level rather than a CEO level. Read more
ACMA Honors Esser and Andrews Scholarship Recipients
The Charles A. Esser Scholarship is a $2,000 award given to a student who is already working full-time for a local government. The 2012 Esser Scholarship is awarded to Michael Buettner. Michael is currently a Parks Supervisor for the City of Peoria and is enrolled in the MPA program at Arizona State University.

The second ACMA scholarship honors Marvin Andrews, a former Phoenix City Manager and ACMA Life Member. This award is for a traditional full-time student who exhibits a strong interest in pursuing a career in local government. ACMA provides matching funds to a city or town with a population of less than 50,000 or a county under 100,000, in order to host the Andrews Scholar as an intern. This year, six proposals were submitted to host the Andrews Intern: Bullhead City, Casa Grande, Marana, Navajo County, Pinetop-Lakeside, and Safford. The 2012 Andrews Scholar is Samantha Santaella-Wolfe. Samantha is pursuing an MPA at Arizona State University.
Career Compass No. 23: Building Your Personal Brand
In this issue of Career Compass, Dr. Benest offers seven steps to building your own brand to promote your value as an employee.

I recently attended a workshop for emerging leaders. In a time of great turmoil in local government, especially fiscal crisis, the speaker emphasized the need to promote your value, and to take it a step further and develop a "personal brand" that will protect you in times of budget cutbacks.

Developing a brand sounds like marketing a product. How can you create a brand that promotes your value?

The speaker makes sense. In disruptive times, all positions are vulnerable. You need to go beyond your title and position in the organization, assert your value, and create a distinctive identity or brand. A personal brand is based on what is unique or distinctive about you. It is about your extraordinary knowledge, skills, aptitudes, and capabilities. A brand is often tied to your passion. Read more
Update on ACMA Life Member
For those of you who know and had the privilege to work with Mr. Joel Valdez, ACMA Life Member, we thought you may want an update on his condition. Following an aneurism in May, Mr. Valdez is recovering nicely and doing much better. To follow his progress, please visit:
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
Fritz Behring, County Manager, Pinal County
Farhad Moghimi, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Sahuarita
Joshua Wright, Town Manager, Town of Wickenburg

Associate Member
Wathsna Sayasane, Planner I, City of Phoenix
ACMA Board of Directors
John Kross
Town Manager
Town of Queen Creek

Gilbert Davidson
Immediate Past President
Town Manager
Town of Marana

Kevin Burke
City Manager
City of Flagstaff

Carl Swenson
City Manager
City of Peoria

Rachel Bremen
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
Robert Flatley
City Manager
City of Coolidge

Julie Ayers
County Manager
Yavapai County

Kari Kent
Deputy City Manager
City of Mesa

Jim Thompson
City Manager
City of Casa Grande

Kathleen McAlpine
Associate Representative
Guest Experience Manager
Phoenix Convention Center

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