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Letter from the President
Josh Wright
ACMA President
Wickenburg Town Manager

On April 23 and 24, the ACMA Board of Directors held its annual retreat in Wickenburg. I'd like to extend my personal appreciation to the entire board for spending two days planning ACMA's future and how we can continue to be an important and relevant part of every local government manager's career in Arizona.

One of the key aspects of the retreat was updating our ACMA Strategic Plan. Thankfully, much has been accomplished in recent years, meaning that we could check off a lot of boxes on the previous plan's "to do" list. Thanks to the leadership of Immediate Past President Kari Kent, Assistant City Manager of Mesa, those accomplishments include such exciting initiatives as restarting our mentorship program, something we're also planning to grow in the coming year. Read more
ACMA Welcomes New Board Member
The ACMA Board of Directors recently filled a vacant board seat. Please welcome Mike Townsend, Deputy County Manager for Coconino County as the newest ACMA Director.

Mike will be replacing former ACMA Director Robert Pickels, who has accepted a new position as the city attorney in the City of Sedona.
ACMA Mentoring - Sign up for Lunch with a Mentor at the Summer Conference!
By Kristen Krey, Grants Administrator, City of Glendale

"Mentorship is a personal development relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger, but have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn." - Farren Ph.D., Caela. Read more
ACMA Member Profile
Josh Copley
City Manager, City of Flagstaff, AZ

Name, title & city/town
Josh Copley, City Manager, City of Flagstaff, AZ

Where are you originally from?
I am originally from San Diego, CA. I moved to Flagstaff in 1985 to take a job as a police officer for the City of Flagstaff. After graduating from the police academy in Tucson, I went right to work as an undercover narcotics officer. I didn't know anyone in Flagstaff and the area was unfamiliar to me. It was a very exciting time and I learned a lot about human nature. Over the course of a 27-year career, I retired as the deputy police chief. Finding it hard to slow down, I decided to try my hand at city management. It's a lot like being a cop but you don't get to carry a gun or badge so you have to use your wits, experience, and sense of humor to get you through. Also, your new "uniform" is a suit and tie which is hard when you're more comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt. Read more
Save the Date - ACMA Reception @ ICMA Annual Conference
Save the date! ACMA invites you to a dinner and a game at the Safeco Field to watch the Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros on Monday, September 28, during the 101st ICMA Annual Conference.

Additional details and registration will be sent out soon. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Price at
    Register for ICMA's 101st Annual Conference in Seattle
    ICMA Membership Approves New Tenet 12 Language
    ICMA Fund for Professional Management
    Become an ICMA Member Today!
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Transforming Local Government Conference a Huge Success!

The 2015 Alliance for Innovation Transforming Local Government Conference was held in Phoenix, April 13-15.

The annual conference was hosted by the City of Phoenix and ACMA, in conjunction with Avondale, Gilbert, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Sierra Vista, Coconino County, Maricopa County, Navajo County, and ASU School of Public Affairs. Read more
Alliance for Innovation News
    Congratulations to Alliance Innovation Academy Class of 2015
    Revealing the Highest Rated Studies at 2015 TLG Conference
    TLG Innovation Awards Video Playlist
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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
Grady Miller, Town Manager, Town of Fountain Hills

Associate Member
Thomas Adkins, Intergovernmental Affairs Director, City of Peoria
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

Mike Townsend
Deputy County Manager
Coconino 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
Assistant 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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