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ICMA's 99th Annual Conference, Boston/New England, Massachusetts - Revolutionary Leadership
Registration to the International City/County Management Association's 99th Annual Conference is now open!

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ACMA Honors Mike Letcher with 2013 Life Member Award
This year, ACMA recognized Mike Letcher as the recipient of the 2013 Life Member award at the 2013 Summer Conference in Tucson. Mike Letcher has led a career in city management for 34 years, with service in Arizona, Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia and Missouri. Mr. Letcher has been a consistent and dedicated contributor to the profession of local government management throughout his career. He has held management positions in six cities, finishing his career as the city manager of Tucson in 2011. He has also served the profession on state association committees in each of the states in which he worked. He has mentored and counseled numerous young professionals starting their careers in local government management both here in Arizona and the other states where he worked. Read more
Harvard Program Scholarship Offers Valuable Experience
By Kari Kent, Deputy City Manager, City of Mesa and Charlie Cassens, City Manager, City of Lake Havasu City

Harvard Kennedy School State and Local Executive Training - a place where the faculty informs you within the first 10 minutes of instruction that for the next three weeks, "you are here to play in a space you will be uncomfortable in." After class introductions were made, and we were informed that the class was hand-picked to reflect a microcosm of society, I found myself surrounded by a diverse group of individuals from across the United States as well as from England, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia who formed their value system based on such things as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political party affiliation, region and education. Read more
Andrews Fellowship Update
By: George Pettit, ACMA Life Member and ASU Professor

Thanks to the members for the opportunity to share with you information on Arizona State University's Online Hybrid MPA at the ACMA Summer Conference luncheon. The School of Public Affairs is committed to providing access to all our programs in a productive and beneficial way, as well as partnering with Rio Salado College and their associate degree and certificate programs in public administration. Read more
Arizona Cities Honored for Performance Management
Congratulations to the cities of Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix and Scottsdale, 2013 recipients of the CPM Certificates in Performance Management.

The ICMA Center for Performance Measurement™ (CPM) offers a certificate program each year to assess a local government's performance management program, encourage comparative analysis, and reward transparency. Any local government is eligible to participate in the certificate program, regardless of whether or not they participate in CPM. Read more
Why Should We All Be ICMA Members?
By Kristen Krey

After becoming a member of ACMA in 2006, I waited almost four years to become a member of ICMA. Sometimes I look back and wonder why I waited so long! There were, of course, all the usual excuses not enough money in the city budget, not enough money in my personal budget, not enough time. There was also the question, "What will I get out of the investment? After all, I'm already a member of ACMA!" 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 Amy Price at 602-258-5786 or email:
ACMA Welcomes New Members
Tom Duensing, Assistant City Manager, City of Maricopa
Marsha Reed, Assistant City Manager, City of Chandler
Ted Soltis, City Manager, City of Willcox

Thaddis Jackson, Management Intern, City of Phoenix
Robert Lloyd, CIO/Director, City of Avondale
Michael Mills, Management Intern, City of Phoenix
Mary Vinzant, Management and Budget Analyst, Town of Gilbert
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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