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A Message from ACMA President Nicole Lance
By Nicole Lance, ACMA President

Hello again! I was trying to think of a really electrifying way to open this newsletter… maybe something involving a fog machine, rabid coyotes, or sharks with lasers... but truthfully, sharing the work of your ACMA board is just as thrilling as all of that! Ok, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but it IS exciting to share with you the work we've been doing to make sure ACMA continues to be a top-notch association.

Your ACMA board gathered for two days in March to review our strategic plan and associated priority areas for the coming year. Read more
ACMA Awards Harvard Scholarships
Thanks to the generous support of APS, and our other 2016 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: Justin Clifton, city manager for Sedona, and Jeff Tyne, deputy city manager for Peoria. Please help ACMA in congratulating this year's recipients! Read more
Meet Your ACMA Senior Advisors
The Senior Advisor Program is a joint activity of ICMA and ACMA. Senior Advisors are available to any ACMA member to counsel, share experience and support.

ACMA would like to thank Lloyd Harrell and Mike Hutchinson for their years of service as ACMA/ICMA Senior Advisors (previously Range Riders) and the support they provided the ACMA board and members of the organization.

Get to know a little bit about your new ACMA Senior Advisors - Mike Letcher and Pat McDermott: Read more
ACMA Ethics
The ad hoc ACMA ethics committee develops strategies to enhance the awareness of ethical behavior in the managerial profession. To inform members of current ethical practices, the committee developed flow charts to depict how ACMA monitors, documents and investigates ethics complaints filed, based on historical practices.

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ACMA 2016 Summer Conference
By Natalie Nadolski Lewis
Conference Chair and Mesa Deputy City Manager

The 2016 ACMA Summer Conference is just around the corner, and on behalf of the conference planning committee, we invite you back to the beautiful, inspiring Dove Mountain Resort in Marana, Arizona. Please mark your calendars for July 20th - 22nd. Read more
Women in AZ Local Government Kickoff Symposium
The newly-formed Women Leading Government (WLG) Arizona chapter is kicking off their activities by hosting a low-cost symposium in June! The inaugural half-day event will take place on Thursday, June 9 in Maricopa, Arizona with a keynote address by ICMA President Patricia Martel. Read more
Congratulations, Stephanie Smith!
ACMA member Stephanie Smith, assistant to the city manager of Flagstaff, received the Agassiz Award for Leadership in recognition of her exceptional leadership in the areas of strategic planning initiatives and special projects. Congratulations, Steph!
ACMA Member Profile - Greg Rose, City Manager, City of Maricopa
Where are you originally from?

I grew up in rural East Texas on a small farm. The closest town to me was Jefferson, Texas. After my father passed, we all migrated to Dallas, Texas which is where I graduated from high school. I consider both East Texas and Dallas home.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?

When I completed my undergraduate degree in public administration, I took the LSAT and was intending to go to Texas Southern University for Law School. A friend of mine shared information with me about a fellowship program that would pay for my books, tuition, and provide me with a stipend for graduate school in public affairs. I applied for the fellowship program and was accepted. I decided that I would pursue my master's instead of getting a JD. One of the requirements of the fellowship program was that you would work for a non-profit or local government. I interned with the Town of Addison, Texas and became hooked! I enjoyed the difference that I made in the lives of the employees by saving the city money and the community by the crime watch program I started. 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
Paul Melcher, Deputy County Administrator, Yuma County
Tammy Mitchell, Town Administrator, Huachuca City
Susan Thorpe, County Administrator, Yuma County

Associate Members
Rob Bohr, Government Relations Manager, City of Goodyear
Ryan Peters, Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator, City of Chandler

Faculty Member
Michael Ashford, Health & Safety Officer, Arizona State University
ACMA Board of Directors
Nicole Lance
Deputy City Manager
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

Steven 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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