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ACMA Awards Harvard Scholarships
Thanks to the generous support of APS, and our other 2012 Harvard Sponsors, listed here, ACMA has awarded three scholarships to this year's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University. After careful consideration of this year's applicants, the Harvard Scholarship Committee unanimously agreed to award this year's scholarships to: Andrew Bertelsen, Assistant County Manager/Public Works Director for Coconino County; Dana Hlavac, Deputy County Manager for Mohave County; and Susan Thorpe, Deputy City Manager, Peoria. Please help ACMA in congratulating this year's recipients! Read more
ICMA 2012 Volunteers
With the ICMA 2012 Conference now just six months away, the Host Committee is actively recruiting volunteers. 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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ACMA Honors John Holmes and Steve Peru with 2012 Life Member Award
This year, ACMA recognized John Holmes and Steve Peru as the recipients of the 2012 Life Member awards at the 2012 Winter Conference in Sedona. John Holmes' career in local government spans nearly 40 years, with service in Arizona, California and Ohio. Additionally, Mr. Holmes has been an active member of the ACMA for several years, serving as board president in the early 1980s. Read more
ICMA Credentialing - Invest in your Profession
By Gilbert Davidson, Manager, Town of Marana

Seeking knowledge and learning from the outcome of your actions is the premise for the ICMA voluntary credentialing program. Obtaining your credentialed manager certification is a great way to enhance your professional capabilities and expand your knowledge base. Local government management is complex and challenging on multiple levels. In this profession, the more options and solutions we can generate to provide to the policy makers, the more our profession is seen as a key part of the success of the organization. Read more
Career Compass No. 24: Asking Powerful Questions
by Dr. Frank Benest

My manager seems to be always asking our team questions. In fact, we spend a lot of team time responding to her queries.

We are a high-functioning and productive team but I wish my manager would just come in and tell us where she wants us to go. I thought a leader took charge and made decisions.

These are times of great flux-new technologies, demographic changes, and severe financial shifts all are forces disrupting our local government world. In these uncertain times, a manager cannot know all the answers and be certain about direction. While we in government, business, and education have traditionally focused on having the right answers, there are no right answers. Therefore, "a good question beats a good answer." In these times of great flux, leaders need to harness the energy, creativity, and commitment of everyone to adapt to this disruptive world. Read more
Member Profile: Benjamin Bitter
Management Analyst
City of Casa Grande

Where are you originally from?
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I have always found great meaning from providing service to others, and a career in local government truly makes a difference in people's lives. I had the opportunity to spend a couple of years in Chile. While there, I developed an unmatchable desire for public service, because I was able to see the drastic affects that good (and bad) policies can have on a community. Since that time, I have wanted to help improve communities through service and the implementation of sound policy. 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
George Hoffman, City Manager, City of Apache Junction
Bryant Powell, Assistant City Manager, City of Apache Junction
Joy Rich, Assistant County Manager, Maricopa County
Delwin Wengert, County Manager, Apache County

Associate Member
Matt Busby, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Apache Junction
Abigail Hernandez, Financial Services Manager, City of Sedona
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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