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A Letter from ACMA President Josh Wright
A topic that frequently appeared on ACMA Board agendas this past year is how to enhance our commitment to ethics in professional local government management. Although the focus on ethics has always been a distinguishing feature of our profession, today it's perhaps more important than ever. A single ethics violation, even unintentional, can have a lasting effect on how our members are perceived across the state.

To give the issue its fair attention, ACMA convened an ethics committee chaired by retired Chandler Assistant City Manager (and incoming ACMA Senior Advisor) Pat McDermott. The committee did an outstanding job researching ethics programs across country and suggesting ways our association can place a greater emphasis on ethics. Read more
ACMA Nominating Committee Report & Proposed Bylaw Amendments
Date: December 29, 2015
To: Members of ACMA
From: Josh Wright, ACMA President
Subject: ACMA Nominating Committee Report & Proposed Bylaw Amendments
It has been my pleasure to serve as the chair of the 2016 Nominating Committee. Other members of the nominating committee included Kari Kent and Nicole Lance. The committee has nominated the following ACMA members for election to the ACMA Board of Directors: Read more
ACMA Offers Two Scholarships to Harvard Program - Applications Due February 26!
Arizona City/County Management Association 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. This intensive, interactive program is designed to help participants learn innovative ways of managing the real-world challenges and crises of government. Participants will develop new conceptual frameworks to address policy issues, explore the interrelationship between citizens and government, examine the ethical and professional responsibilities of leadership, and exchange ideas with faculty and participants from diverse backgrounds. Read more
Harvard University's Senior Executives in State and Local Government
Wynette Reed, Deputy City Manager, City of Goodyear

I want to begin by thanking ACMA, and the many generous sponsors who continue to support and find value in the educational experiences provided by the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. When I received the call from Josh Wright that I had been selected as one of the scholarship recipients, I was simultaneously excited and nervous. I had heard of others' experiences at this program and how they came back from Harvard "changed." I admit, I wasn't exactly sure what that meant, but I was curious to find out. Read more
ACMA 2016 Mentoring Program Seeks Applicants
The ACMA Mentoring Program will begin its third year and is currently looking for new participants!

The ACMA Mentoring Program is meant to develop partnerships between local government executives and entry to mid-level professionals. The mentoring relationship will allow knowledge, information, and skills to be shared that will foster professional and personal growth. These discussions are confidential, and will not be mentioned to anyone else unless mutually agreed upon by both the mentor and mentee. Read more
ACMA Welcomes Senior Advisors
ACMA welcomes Mike Letcher, Life Member, ACMA and Pat McDermott, Retired Member, ACMA as the new Senior Advisors. Mike has over 30 years in city management with 20 years here in Arizona, he is very familiar with the challenges and opportunities for our profession nationally as well as in Arizona. Mike's background consists of management consulting and serving as an assistant professor at the University of Arizona Masters of Public Administration Program, both which require him to stay current on trends in our profession.

Pat has over 38 years of municipal management experience working in midsize organizations. Most of his experience was at the city manager or assistant city manager level but also worked in or had dual roles in Community Development, Human Resources, and Public Housing. Pat has helped guide several organizations with very limited resources to expand the level of services as well as the quality of services through collaboration with employees and challenging the status quo of the organizational culture. Read more
ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Summit to Be Held in Scottsdale
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
ACMA Corporate Sponsors
The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) promotes local government excellence, professionalism and ethics by providing education, training and mentoring to local government professionals and students. ACMA Sponsors are essential in supporting ACMA's year-long offerings of programs and services that reach city, town and county managers across Arizona. In addition to the corporate sponsor program, ACMA has a sponsorship opportunity to help sends members to Harvard University - Senior Executives in State and Local Government. If you are interested in this additional opportunity, please contact us.

If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Womer or Amy Price at (602) 258-5786.

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ACMA and Alliance for Innovation Next Generation Leadership Conference a Success
ACMA and the Alliance for Innovation hosted the second Next Generation Leadership Conference on Wednesday, November 4 in Flagstaff and it was a snowy success!

The one-day conference saw more than 200 attendees and coaches from all over the state of Arizona and New Mexico head up to snowy Flagstaff for a day of learning. Read more
City of Mesa Renames Building in Honor of Longtime City Manager Charles K. Luster
A ceremony was held to officially rename the City of Mesa Utilities Building the Charles K. Luster Building. Mesa City Council approved a resolution at its Dec. 8 meeting to rename the building in honor of the former Mesa City Manager who worked for the city more than 42 years. Read more
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Other News - What Are the Next Big Things Facing Local Government?
The Alliance for Innovation, a network of 350 innovative city and county governments who are inspiring innovation to advance communities, has released a new report, "The Next Big Things: The Next 20 Years in Local Government." It highlights 44 trends in four categories - Resources, Technology, Demographics and Governance - that they believe will have deep impact on how local government operates for the next generation.
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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 from October - November
Full Members
LaRon Garrett, Town Manager, Town of Payson
Tom Manos, County Manager, Maricopa County
Karen Peters, Deputy City Manager, City of Phoenix
Joy Rich, Deputy County Manager, Maricopa County
Shelby Scharbach, Assistant County Manager & CFO, Maricopa County

Associate Members
Ginna Carico, Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator, City of Peoria
Robert Carmona, Dir. of Parks, Rec. & Facilities, Town of Wickenburg
Jacob Ellis, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town of Gilbert
Christine Jasinski, Management & Budget Analyst, Maricopa County
Liisa Laikko, Policy & Research Analyst, Arizona Association of Counties
Anna McCray, Management Analyst, City of Apache Junction
Roy Minter, Police Chief, City of Peoria
Zachary Wolfe, Senior Management & Budget Analyst, Maricopa 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

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
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

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

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