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Block out July 22 - 24 on Your Calendar
ACMA 2015 Summer Conference
By Brent Stockwell, Conference Chair and ACMA Board Member
Scottsdale City Manager's Office

We need your help. Open up your calendar and block out July 22-24 for the summer conference at Dove Mountain in Marana. You won't want to miss this opportunity to focus on key issues facing our profession, and reconnect with your colleagues from across Arizona.

We've been working hard to make sure we have another great conference line-up for you that's worth your time whether you're the city manager of Phoenix, or the newest associate member from Yuma County.

Here's a sample of the sessions you'll experience when you attend. Read more
ACMA Awards Harvard Scholarships
Thanks to the generous support of APS, and our other 2015 Harvard Sponsors, 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: Mike Townsend, deputy county manager for Coconino County; and Wynette Reed, deputy city manager for the City of Goodyear. Please help ACMA in congratulating this year's recipients! Read more
ICMA Credentialing - What's the Point?
By Robert E. Smith, ICMA-CM
Town Manager, Town of Chino Valley

The point is that public managers owe it to their communities, to create the best skillset and levels of professional knowledge and practice that they can muster - with the objective being to provide the best public service possible in the face of dwindling resources and increasing needs.

The point is that public managers owe it to the elected officials they serve, to have a depth and command of management in the public service -- such that public policy is effectively facilitated and responsibly executed with the best possible information and administrative skill. Read more
ACMA Member Profile
Crystal Prentice
City Manager, City of Page, AZ

Name, title & city/town
J. Crystal Prentice, City Manager, Page, AZ

Where are you originally from?
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I was working for the community action program in Mesa and was working closely with staff from the City of Mesa Neighborhood Outreach Office. I was impressed with what they were accomplishing in Mesa neighborhoods and wanted to be a part of that effort. Read more
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Alliance for Innovation Webinar: Growing Your Community's Resilience
Join us on May 5th for the second in a series on community resilience. This webinar will be conducted by Warren Edwards, director, and Robin White, senior mediator and program director from the Community & Regional Resilience Institute. During the first webinar, held on March 25, participants were introduced to community resilience, why it is important in today's work and how to approach it given the challenges that communities face today. Read more
Learning Across Borders: City of Surprise Hosts Mexico Delegation
Nicole Lance, ACMA Board Member
Deputy City Manager, Government & Community Partnerships, City of Surprise

The ICMA Code of Ethics Tenet Eight guides us as professionals to collaborate and support each other as we work to improve the local government management profession as a whole. In the City of Surprise, we are looking globally in these efforts. In April, we had the privilege of hosting a seven-member delegation from Mexico for two days to talk about local government management, urban planning and development, economic development, and public works management. We were joined by elected and appointed officials from the cities of Culiacán and Navolato, the Development Council for the State of Sinaloa, and ICMA México-Latinoamérica. Read more
Andrews Fellowship Update
George Pettit, ACMA Life Member
ASU Professor of Practice

This is always a busy time of year for the Fellowship. We are graduating three fellows at the May 14, 2015 Convocation at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. Matt Behunin, Jake Meshke and Dominic Papa will receive their Masters in Public Administration. This brings the total alumni count to 27 from eight classes. To date, 24 graduates are still actively employed in government, two are in the private sector, and one is managing a family. Read more
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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 Samantha Womer at 602-258-5786 or email:
New Members
Full Members
Jack Fields, Assistant County Administrator, Yavapai County
Evelyn Racette, Town Manager, Town of Pinetop-Lakeside

Associate Members
Thomas Adkins, Assistant to the Mayor, City of Glendale Tadeo A. de la Hoya, Assistant to the City Manager, City of San Luis
N. Vanessa Valenzuela, Senior Management Analyst, Yuma County
ACMA Board of Directors
Josh Wright
Town Manager
Town of Wickenburg

Shane Dille
City Manager
City of Nogales

Yvonne Kimball
Town Manager
Town of Dewey-Humboldt

Robert Pickels
County Administrator
Yuma County

Nicole Lance
Associate Representative
Deputy City Manager of Gov't & Community Partnerships
City of Surprise

Lloyd Harrell
ACMA/ICMA Senior Advisor
Retired City Manager
City of Chandler

Tom Belshe
Deputy Director
League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Karolyn Kent
Immediate Past President
Deputy City Manager
City of Mesa

Brian Dalke
City Manager
City of Goodyear

Mike Ortega
County Administrator
Cochise County

Jerene Watson
Deputy City Manager
City of Flagstaff

Brent Stockwell
Associate Representative
Strategic Initiatives Director
City of Scottsdale

Mike Hutchinson
ACMA/ICMA Senior Advisor
Retired City Manager
City of Mesa
Arizona City/County Management Association
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