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Message from the President
Bob Flatley, ICMA-CM, City Manager, City of Coolidge

As your president this year, my primary goal is to assist in the education and preparation of the next generation of city, town and county managers who aspire to join the management profession in the future. Many senior managers are retiring, creating an urgent need to attract talented young people to the profession. With your help, I will work to generate additional sponsorships for the Marvin Andrews Scholarship/Internship Program, the Charles A. Esser Scholarship Program and the Harvard Program. It is also my intent to work with ASU, NAU and UA in support of their local government academic programs. Read more
ACMA to Offer Two Scholarships to Harvard Program
ACMA 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.

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
ACMA Board Vacancy
There is one director seat open on the ACMA Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Mary Vinzant at
Arizona ICMA Credentialed Managers
Many Arizona managers have received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) this past year. To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development. Please see the list below for Arizona managers that have received credentialed status this last year: Read more
ACMA Honors Ed Beasley and Mike Letcher with Life Member Awards
This year, ACMA recognized Ed Beasley and Mike Letcher as recipients of the ACMA Life Member Award at the 2013 Winter Conference in Sedona. Mike Letcher was unable to attend the ACMA Winter Conference and will be presented with his award at the summer conference in Tucson. Mr. Beasley has been an active member of the ACMA since the 1980s, serving as a board member and later as president in 1997. He is also an ICMA Credentialed Manager and has served on several ICMA committees. Mr. Beasley served communities in Arizona, Kansas and Missouri for almost three decades before announcing his retirement in 2012 from the city of Glendale. Read more
ACMA Honors Ken Buchanan with 2013 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 Ken Buchanan, Ken has served in five Arizona cities and one county in his 37-year career. He has served with distinction and has established and maintained a solid reputation for integrity and competence in city and county management. Read more
ACMA Honors Pat McDermott with 2013 Connolly Award
This year's Catherine F. Connolly award was presented to Pat McDermott, Assistant City Manager for the City of Chandler. 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 Nicole Dailey with Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership
ACMA recognized this year's Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership to Nicole Dailey, Assistant to the Town Manager for the Town of Gilbert. 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 2013 Esser Scholarship is awarded to Molly Hood. Molly is currently a senior planner for the town of Paradise Valley, and is enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at Arizona State University. Read more
ICMA Host Committee Recognition
During ACMA's Annual Conference Past President John Kross recognized members of the ICMA Host Committee who were in attendance. ACMA thanks these members for their time and service to making the 98th Annual Conference a hit!

Arizona State University's Marvin Andrews Fellowship Program
By: George Pettit, ACMA Life Member and ASU Professor

Thank you all for your attention and support at ACMA Sedona. For those of you who were not in attendance, we shared the news that Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez (Andrews Fellow 2008-10 and Casa Grande management assistant) became city manager of Kimball, Nebraska, at the start of the year, representing the first Andrews Fellow to have that title. Dean Koppell also announced the new Director of the School of Public Affairs, Karen Mossberger, and a pending offer for the position previously held by Dr. Jim Svara. Read more
Career Compass No. 29: Forget Work-Life Balance...Re-Energize at Work and at Home!
January 2013

In this issue of Career Compass, Dr. Benest says, "If you feel you don't have time to read this article, you need to read this article."

I am a division manager in a County Environmental Services Department. I love my work but I'm working too hard. I'm often fatigued (as are many on my team). I feel overwhelmed with urgent demands. I am distracted and have little time to think, plan or "connect the dots." I have tried to better prioritize and then delegate some of the less important work but I still feel that work is all-consuming.

Worst of all, I do not have much time for my wife and young children. I often stay late at work and when I do get home I'm responding to emails. I am exhausted at work and at home. How do I achieve work-life balance? Help! 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
Brent Billingsley, City Manager, City of Globe
Shawn Nau, Town Manager, Town of Eagar

Associate Member
Stephen Vital, Council Assistant, City of Phoenix
ACMA Board of Directors
Robert Flatley
City Manager
City of Coolidge

John Kross
Immediate Past President
Town Manager
Town of Queen Creek

Michael Ortega
County Administrator
Cochise County

Jim Thompson
City Manager
City of Casa Grande

Kristen Krey
Associate Representative
City Council Administrator
City of Glendale

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

Kevin Burke
City Manager
City of Flagstaff

Carl Swenson
City Manager
City of Peoria

Dawn Irvine
Associate Representative
Management & Budget Manager
Town of Gilbert

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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