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ACMA Welcomes New Board Member
In July the ACMA Board of Directors filled a vacant board seat. Please welcome Teri Bankhead, assistant to the town manager for the Town of Sahuarita, as the newest ACMA Director.

ACMA Nominating Committee
In 2016, there will be three full member seats and one associate member seat open on the ACMA Board. Please review the following information below as it contains information on how to apply for an open seat. Read more
ACMA Award Nominations
Nominations for the following ACMA awards are now being accepted. Please click on the links below for more information about each of the awards:

John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award
Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award
Rachel Hut Bremen Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership
ACMA Life Membership

Nominations are due by Tuesday, December 1.
ACMA Associate's Award Renamed for Rachel Hut Bremen
The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) Board of Directors recently renamed the Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership in honor of Rachel Hut Bremen.

Rachel served on the ACMA Board of Directors as an Associate Representative for two terms and volunteered on several committees including the ICMA 2012 Host Committee. She worked for the City of Glendale as a senior management assistant. In May 2015, Rachel passed away from a two-and-a-half year battle with leukemia. Read more
Senior Advisors
In the last several years, Lloyd Harrell (former city manager of Chandler) and Mike Hutchinson (former city manager of Mesa) have served as Senior Advisors for ICMA and ACMA. As Senior Advisors, Mike and Lloyd have made themselves available to counsel, support and share experience with individual members. Read more
Next Generation Leadership Conference
ACMA and the Alliance for Innovation are excited to announce the second Next Generation Leadership Conference on Wednesday, November 4 in Flagstaff.

This one-day conference offers high-quality, educational and networking opportunities designed specifically for associate members. There will be a keynote speaker, panel discussions with city/county managers, a speed coaching session and networking opportunities. Read more
PSPRS Taskforce Update
Michael Townsend, ACMA Board of Directors

Unfunded pensions are a critical financial "legacy issue" facing citizens across the country as well as our future generations - and new GASB financial disclosure requirements will be bringing sharp focus to the unfunded liabilities of all organizations.

Closer to home in Arizona, there is widespread agreement that the state's current Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) is "unsustainable." Reforming PSPRS is one of the most important financial issues facing the taxpayers in the state of Arizona. Read more
ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Summit to Be Held in Phoenix
Each year, ICMA Regional Summits are planned in five regions: Southeast, Mountain Plains, West Coast, Midwest, and Northeast. The summits offer an opportunity to network with colleagues and to take advantage of a professional development opportunity in the form of an ICMA University workshop, discuss ICMA issues and programs, and provide feedback to the ICMA Executive Board and staff. Read more
Arizona ICMA Members Volunteering on ICMA Committees
In June 2015, ICMA President-Elect Pat Martel, City Manager, Daly City, California, appointed individuals to serve on ICMA member committees and task forces. These committee and task force members began their terms of service at the 101st annual conference in September.

Listed below are the Arizona members who are serving. Read more
Arizona Performance Consortium Receiving National Attention
The Valley Benchmark Cities group began in October 2011 as a consortium of staff from the 11 largest cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area: Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, and Tempe. The group has been working with the Alliance for Innovation, the Center for Urban Innovation at Arizona State University, and the International City/County Management Association to improve local government performance. Read more
ACMA Member Profile
Name, title & city/town
Vickie Hathaway, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town of Marana

Where are you originally from?
I was raised in Tucson, Arizona.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I went to school for public administration knowing I wanted a career that would place me at the forefront of community service. I originally thought my path would lead toward non-profit work until I took a class in local government. I was immediately attracted to the variety of services offered and the positive impact a municipality can have on its community, and I pursued an internship with the Town of Marana to learn more. That internship has since turned into a career path and I couldn't be happier that I made the choice to work in local government. Read more
Teaching at the Beijing University of Political Science and Law through ICMA China
By Cynthia Seelhammer, County Manager, Coconino County

I was one of three ICMA managers chosen to teach about local government at a university in Beijing this summer and also serve as an adviser to local governments.

Although we taught different subjects, we all found that the two-and-a-half weeks flew by and we had only small amounts of time to be tourists. We taught our four-hour classes nine days in a row, working feverishly before and after class to create new PowerPoints, find videos, and create small group exercises. On the weekends, and when the teaching ended, ICMA China took us to meet with local government advisers in Beijing and at the City of Zibo, a few hours south of the capital. Read more
    ICMA 2016 Conference Call for Session Ideas & Keynote Speakers
    ICMA Local Government Service Awards
    ICMA 2015 Leaders in Performance Management
    ICMA Fund for Professional Management
    Become an ICMA Member Today!
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Other News
    Alliance for Innovation: Innovation Edge
    Alliance for Innovation: Case Study Applications Now Accepted through Oct. 14 for TLG 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 15-17
    Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
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ACMA Members on the Move
Rick Naimark recently retired from his position as Deputy City Manager with the City of Phoenix after nearly thirty years with the organization.

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 from June - September
Full Members
Justin Clifton, City Manager, City of Sedona
Bruce Gardner, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Queen Creek
Edward Gilligan, Deputy County Administrator, Cochise County
Cecilia Grittman, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Chino Valley
Gus Lundberg, Town Manager, Town of Taylor
Todd Madeksza, Government Relations Director, Coconino County
Ian McGauhey, Town Manager, Town of Clifton
Brian Richards, Town Manager, Town of Snowflake
Neal Young, Deputy County Manager, Coconino County

Associate Members
Richard Baron, Process & Project Manager, Coconino County
Jennifer Brown, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Maricopa
Kathleen McAlpine, Customer Engagement Facilitator, City of Tempe
Jacob Meshke, Management Analyst, City of Casa Grande
Emily Scherrer, Library Manager, City of Sierra Vista
Kweilin Waller, Management Assistant II, City of Phoenix

Faculty Member
Thom Reilly, Director, Morrison Institute for Public Policy; Professor, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University

Student Members
Dominic Decono, Intern, Alliance for Innovation
Alexa Kaumaya, Student, Northern Arizona University
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

Teri Bankhead
Associate Representative
Assistant to the Town Manager
Town of Sahuarita

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

Nicole Lance
Associate Representative
Deputy City Manager of Government & Community Partnerships
City of Surprise

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