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ACMA President's Message
By Nicole Lance, ACMA President

Hello from the hallowed halls of the ACMA Presidential Suite! (Ok, just kidding… I'm writing this from my office in Surprise! Just thought that would make a better opening.)

Thank you so very much for the opportunity to serve as your ACMA President for this coming year. I am excited for this chance to serve alongside you in support of our organization. As mentioned at the winter conference, the work we do is incredibly meaningful, and our efforts as local government professionals make a difference not just in the communities where we serve but for the staff members and elected officials we support. The winter conference this year provided an opportunity for us to pause and reflect; and having Rachel Hut-Bremen's family present with us added a personal touch that I hope to be reflective of my leadership approach in the coming year. Read more
ACMA to Offer 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
ACMA Summer Conference Planning Committee
Thank you to Stephanie Smith of Flagstaff and the entire Winter Conference Planning Committee for a great winter conference! Natalie Lewis of Mesa will serve as the Summer Conference Planning Chair. Read more
ACMA Welcomes New Board Members
ACMA would like to welcome its newest board members!

At the Annual Business Meeting on February 4, the membership elected a new president-elect, three new directors and one associate director on the ACMA board. Read more
Approved Bylaw Amendments
At the ACMA Annual Business Meeting, held on February 4, the ACMA Membership voted to approve several new changes to the ACMA bylaws. The changes are outlined below: Read more
ACMA Honors Gayle Mabery with 2016 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.

Mabery has served as the town manager of Clarkdale for nearly 18 years. She was appointed to this position only five years after receiving her bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University, and has had the privilege and honor of serving her home community her entire professional career. As the town manager of Clarkdale, Gayle has led the active community and organization through both challenging and exciting times. Clarkdale has had a number of significant issues to address during her tenure, and she has approached each with professionalism and a strategic focus on the future. Read more
ACMA Honors Rick Naimark with 2016 Connolly Award
This year's Catherine F. Connolly award was presented to Rick Naimark, former deputy city manager for the City of Phoenix. 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 Stephanie Smith with 2016 Rachel Hut Bremen Associate's Award for Excellence
City of Flagstaff Assistant to the City Manager Stephanie Smith was awarded with the Rachel Hut Bremen Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Smith has been with the City of Flagstaff since 2006, where she has worked as the city's sustainability specialist and assistant to the city manager.

Smith was the support staff to a multi-jurisdictional planning group consisting of the City of Flagstaff, Coconino County, Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation. Her coordination with city council and community outreach helped advance the work necessary to bring this issue to the ballot. Read more
ACMA Honors Ken Buchanan with Life Membership
The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) recently awarded former Fountain Hills Town Manager Ken Buchanan with Life Membership. Buchanan's career spanned more than 40 years, working in five different cities and one county.

During his time as an ACMA member, Buchanan served on the ACMA board and was president of the association in 1993. In 2013, ACMA awarded Buchanan with the John J. DeBolske award, ACMA's highest honor, given to longtime outstanding city or county managers. During his service as president, he was instrumental in establishing the association's Managers In Transition Program and merging the Arizona Municipal Assistants Association Program into ACMA. He also served on several annual conference planning committees. 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 2016 Esser Scholarship was awarded to Stephen Erno. Stephen is currently a code compliance manager with the City of Avondale, 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. ACMA provides matching funds to a city or town with a population of less than 50,000 or a county under 200,000, in order to host the Andrews Scholar as an intern. This year, five proposals were submitted to host the Andrews intern. We would like to thank Casa Grande, Marana, Pinetop-Lakeside, Safford and Sierra Vista for their interest and participation. The 2016 Andrews Scholar is Dominic Luna. Dominic is a first-year MPA student at Arizona State University.
ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Summit - Scottsdale, Arizona
The Mountain Plains Regional Summit is a networking and professional development opportunity for the members and state officers of the ICMA Mountain Plains Region. Network with colleagues, discuss ICMA issues and programs and provide feedback to the ICMA Executive Board and staff.

April 14-15, 2016
Saguaro Scottsdale

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ASU Annual Public Finance Conference
March 31- April 1, 2016
ASU SkySong

Each year, the ASU Public Finance Conference brings together practitioners and public officials to discuss one of the key challenges in contemporary governance: financial capacity in the public sector.

This year, we'll cover tools for financing cities including the changing environment in public financing reporting requirements and social impact bonds. Other breakout sessions include financing entertainment amenities for economic development and best practices with municipal bonds. We'll close the day with a session on innovation districts. 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
Jeanne Blackman, Town Manager, Town of Youngtown
Daniel Cotterman, Deputy City Manager, City of Goodyear
Barbara Goodrich, Deputy City Manager, City of Flagstaff
Kevin Phelps, City Manager, City of Glendale

Associate Members
Jamie Bennett, Management Assistant, Town of Queen Creek
Andrew Granger, Development and Engineering Director, City of Peoria
David Kelly, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Surprise
Dawn Prince, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Peoria

Student Members
Lisset Chavez, Arizona State University
Liza Gashi, Arizona State University
Anthony Kozlowski, Arizona State University
Kevin Rutherford, Arizona State University
ACMA Board of Directors
Nicole Lance
Deputy City Manager of Government & Community Partnerships
City of Surprise

Mike Townsend
Deputy County Manager
Coconino County

Shane Dille
Deputy City Manager
City of Flagstaff

Robert Smith
Town Manager
Town of Chino Valley

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

Mike Letcher
ACMA/ICMA Senior Advisor
Retired City Manager
City of Tucson

Tom Belshe
Deputy Director
League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Josh Wright
Immediate Past President
Town Manager
Town of Wickenburg

Patrick Banger
Town Manager
Town of Gilbert

Milton Dohoney
Assistant City Manager
City of Phoenix

Yvonne Kimball
Town Manager
Town of Dewey-Humboldt

Stephen Turner
Associate Representative
Management Analyst
City of Casa Grande

Pat McDermott
ACMA/ICMA Senior Advisor
Retired Assistant City Manager
City of Chandler
Arizona City/County Management Association
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