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

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ACMA Executive Board and staff for participating in the annual retreat which was held March 28th and 29th in Peoria. A special thanks goes to Director Carl Swenson, Peoria city manager, for the retreat arrangements.

During the retreat, the following items were discussed as follows: Read more
ACMA Awards Harvard Scholarships
Thanks to the generous support of APS, and our other 2013 Harvard Sponsors, listed here, ACMA has awarded two 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: Charlie Cassens, city manager for Lake Havasu City and Karolyn Kent, deputy city manager, Mesa. Please help ACMA in congratulating this year's recipients! Read more
ACMA Scholarships
John Kross, ACMA Past President, Town Manager, Town of Queen Creek

The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) has a long-standing tradition of involvement with existing and future leaders in our profession. You may or may not be aware, but ACMA helps to fund several scholarships with the goal of continuing to elevate the skills of our public managers in our state. Read more
ICMA Credentialing
By Jim Thompson, City Manager, City of Casa Grande

The ICMA Credentialed Manager Program was created to promote the excellence of our profession and assure that managers continuously enhance their unique skill set to better serve their communities. I was one of the first managers to receive accreditation, and while our numbers have grown, the quality of the credentialed managers has not decreased. It can often be difficult for local governments and elected officials to verify the skill set of applicants for executive job openings; while all serious applicants will have degrees, a degree alone does not necessarily mean that the candidates have demonstrable commitments to continued education, ethics, accountability, and professional excellence. The credentialed manager program allows elected officials, local governments, and practicing professionals, to know who has demonstrated a commitment to the profession to go the extra mile. Read more
Andrews Fellowship Update - April 2013
My thanks to the ACMA Board for their continuing support of the Andrews Fellowship at ASU and our partnership commitment to providing the next generation of exceptional public managers. The commitment at the Sedona Board meeting was the leadership needed to support the selection of three new Andrews Fellows starting in the fall 2013. Read more
Arizona State University's City Management and Urban Policy Programs Are Still Ranked No. 2 by U.S. News and World Report for 2014
According to the U.S. News and World Report Arizona State University was ranked no. 2 for city management and urban policy. To view the full list, point your browser here.

Arizona State University School Overview
2013 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards Call for Nominations Announced
The Center for the Future of Arizona has announced that nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards, a statewide competition created to recognize non-elected public servants who serve as a critical link between citizens and the people elected to represent them. Read more
Career Compass No. 31: Political Savviness
by Dr. Frank Benest
March 28 2013

In this issue of Career Compass, Dr. Benest shares some ideas on how we can become more astute and effective in the messy political world of elected officials.

I am a planning manager with a mid-sized city. When our staff team presents land-use, economic development or affordable housing recommendations to council, they might accept them but sometimes they do not. Typically, we do a good job of providing data and well-reasoned recommendations but once they get to the public hearing, it's as if the data and objective analysis do not matter and politics take over. At times, one small yet connected group can shape the council's decision or completely derail the decision. It is baffling to me and my colleagues.

The political arena seems like an alien world. I don't get politics. How can our team become more politically savvy? Read more
Member Profile: Amanda Jones
Management Assistant
Town of Marana

Where are you originally from?
Tucson, AZ

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I always knew I wanted to work in government in some capacity. In college, I thought I was going to be a diplomat living and working in a foreign country. While I was doing my study abroad in Russia I realized that my place is on the domestic end of things. I came back and decided to go to graduate school for public administration. During my graduate program I realized that local government is one of the best and fastest ways to affect change in my community. Read more
Passing of Mark Keane, ACMA Life Member and ICMA Executive Director Emeritus
Mark E. Keane, husband, father, city manager, patriot and soldier, died peacefully on April 12 surrounded by family at his home in Sedona, Arizona. He was 93. Keane was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the public service engineering program at Purdue University. Mr. Keane served his country in World War II in both Northern Africa and Italy. He was a member of the 338th Regimental Combat Team, 85th Infantry Division of the Army, attaining the rank of captain. 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:
ACMA Welcomes New Members
Carlos A. De La Torre, City Manager, City of Douglas
Charles A. Montoya, Town Manager, Town of Florence

Chase Carlile, Management Associate, City of Mesa
Stephen Erno, Code Compliance Manager, City of Avondale
Brant T. Hanson, Management Analyst, City of Yuma
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

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
Karolyn Kent
Deputy City Manager
City of Mesa

Kevin Burke
City Manager
City of Flagstaff

Carl Swenson
City Manager
City of Peoria

Josh Wright
Town Manager
Town of Wickenburg

Kristen Krey
Associate Representative
City Council Administrator
City of Glendale

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