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Message from the President
Kari Kent, Deputy City Manager, City of Mesa

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 2014 president. I also want to thank Bob Flatley, city manager of Coolidge, for his leadership as ACMA's 2013 president. It was a pleasure serving as his president-elect, and implementing numerous initiatives like the ACMA Mentoring Program. I also wanted to extend my appreciation to three outgoing board members: John Kross, town manager of Queen Creek; Jim Thompson, city manager of Casa Grande; and Dawn Irvine, director of the Town of Gilbert's Office of Management and Budget; for their outstanding contributions. All of these above-mentioned individuals were instrumental in hosting the 2012 Phoenix-Maricopa County ICMA Conference as well as invaluable in furthering ACMA's mission of promoting local government excellence. 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. Read more
ACMA Honors Curtis Shook with Life Member Award
This year, ACMA recognized Curtis Shook as recipient of the ACMA Life Member Award at the 2014 Winter Conference in Sedona. Curtis Shook has been an active member of ACMA since 1990. He was the ACMA representative to the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Conference committee for the Orlando ICMA Conference.

Curtis began his service to local government in 1983 and has been an ICMA member since 1984. Throughout his career, Mr. Shook served as city manager for the cities of Page from 1990 - 1995; Apache Junction from 1995 - 2002; then in Douglas from 2007 and retired in 2012. Read more
ACMA Honors Chris Brady with 2014 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 Chris Brady. Chris is recognized for his 25 years of service to the local government profession, and most notably his outstanding accomplishments in Mesa by partnering with the Mesa City Council, city staff and our residents in creating transformational projects to build a better Mesa. Read more
ACMA Honors Mike Townsend with 2014 Connolly Award
This year's Catherine F. Connolly award was presented to Mike Townsend, Deputy County Manager for Coconino County. 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 Gina Montes with Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership
ACMA recognized this year's Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership to Gina Montes, Neighborhood and Family Services Director for the City of Avondale. 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 2014 Esser Scholarship is awarded to Kacie Howard.

Kacie is currently an administrative assistant in the public transit department for the city of Phoenix, 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. Read more
ICMA Executive Board Announces Change in Credentialed Manager Credits
Big changes to the credentialing program bring big opportunities to the Mid-Career Managers Institute (MCMI) and the Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP). The ICMA Executive Board will now award six months of executive experience credit toward meeting the requirements of becoming an ICMA Credentialed Manager upon completion of either of these programs. Read more
ICMA China Center EcoPartnership Program
The ICMA China Center was selected in 2012 to be a member of the U.S. China EcoPartnerships for Environmental Sustainability program for the U.S. Department of State. The partnerships are cooperative relationships between U. S. and Chinese local governments that will work together to promote economic growth, energy security, and environmental sustainability. The program is now ready to take off. Read more
ASU Annual Public Finance Conference
Understanding options and disclosure requirements for local governments

Arizona State University's School of Public Affairs and the Center for Urban Innovation present its third Annual Public Finance Conference. This national conference brings together practitioners and public officials from across the United States to examine core principles of municipal finance focusing on current priorities, perspectives, deal structures and best practices that attendees can take back to their home communities for implementation. Real solutions for real challenges. Read more
ICMA is pleased to partner with 2U, Inc., an ICMA Strategic Partner, to offer a valuable professional development opportunity to ICMA members. 2U, Inc. will provide a $5,000 fellowship to ICMA members who qualify for admittance to MPA@UNC, the UNC School of Government's innovative online Master of Public Administration. Read more
The "Tapestry Project" - Building a Strong Community One Thread at a Time in Mankato, MN
by City of Mankato, MN

Mankato's diverse population growth

Mankato, Minnesota is a growing regional center in southern Minnesota. A city on the Minnesota River with a council-manager form of government, it has a population of 39,624 and a trade population of more than 300,000 people. Mankato is ranked by Forbes as 11th in the nation as one of the best small places for business and 15th as one of the best small cities to raise a family. Mankato has also been recognized multiple times as one of the nation's top 100 best places for youth. 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: aprice@azleague.org
ACMA Welcomes New Members
Full Members
Andrew Ching, City Manager, City of Tempe
Richard Watenpaugh, Town Manager/Town Clerk, Town of Wellton
Will Wright, Town Manager, Town of Tusayan

Associate Members
Pamela Anna Alexander, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Development & Sustainability Department, City of Mesa
Stacey Button, Economic Vitality Director, City of Flagstaff
Jillian Childress, Student, Arizona State University
Kacie Howard, Administrative Assistant II, City of Phoenix
Spencer Self, Management Intern, City of Phoenix
ACMA Board of Directors
Karolyn Kent
Deputy City Manager
City of Mesa

Robert Flatley
Immediate Past President
City Manager
City of Coolidge

Brian Dalke
City Manager
City of Goodyear

Mike Ortega
County Administrator
Cochise County

Kristen Krey
Associate Representative
City Council Administrator
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
Josh Wright
Town Manager
Town of Wickenburg

Kevin Burke
City Manager
City of Flagstaff

Shane Dille
City Manager
City of Nogales

Carl Swenson
City Manager
City of Peoria

Brent Stockwell
Associate Representative
Strategic Initiatives Director
City of Scottsdale

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