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ACMA Nominating Committee
In 2017, 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.

Nominating Committee
Per the ACMA by-laws, a Nominating Committee has been selected to recommend a slate of ACMA Executive Board members for consideration by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting. The 2017 Nominating Committee is comprised of Nicole Lance, Surprise; Mike Townsend, Coconino County; Josh Wright, Wickenburg; and Teri Bankhead, Sahuarita. 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 December 2.
ACMA Andrews and Esser Scholarships
The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) is now accepting applications for two student scholarships that may be of interest to MPA, MPP students and undergraduates in your program.

The two scholarships available are: 1) the Marvin A. Andrews Scholarship & Internship, and 2) the Charles A. Esser Memorial Scholarship. The Andrews Scholarship includes a cash award and a three-month summer internship at an Arizona city, town or county, while the Esser Scholarship provides a one-time cash award to a student who is currently working or pursuing a career in local government. Both scholarships will be awarded at the 2017 ACMA Winter Conference in Sedona, Arizona, on Thursday, February 2. Read more
Harvard University's Senior Executives in State and Local Government
From Justin Clifton, City Manager, City of Sedona
It was the third night of the Harvard Senior Executives in State and Local Government program when it hit me. I was lying in my room reading chapters from Leadership on the Line, coauthored by Marty Linsky. Linsky, who had led some of our early lectures, had a unique Socratic style that was borderline antagonistic. Reading his book I was awestruck. Had I ever displayed the kind of leadership he was talking about? I recognized many of the distractions that he claims keep us complacent and unwilling to take bolder risks. I wanted to disagree. I wanted to remain confident that I was at Harvard because I was worthy, not because I had a lot to learn. But Linsky saw right through me. That night I realized the program was not a reward but an opportunity. And it was not informative; it was transformative. Read more
Harvard Scholarship Luncheon
ACMA is holding the annual Harvard Scholarship Fundraising Luncheon in Phoenix on November 21. If you are interested in hearing about the program, experience from past recipients and how you can get involved please e-mail
ACMA Ethics:
Strengthening Your Moral Compass: Integrating Shared Values Between Your Personal and Professional Life Builds Integrity
Article by Kevin Woodhouse

One potential roadblock management professionals can face in delivering excellent public service is tough ethical decision making. My objective here is to present an intriguing theory on how people can prepare to overcome ethical roadblocks.

There are common causes for lapses in ethical judgment that can include ego, power, greed, fear, compulsion, embarrassment, rationalization, or basic lack of a moral compass. My focus is on a strategy for countering misguided rationalization and building a stronger moral compass, which, in turn, should help prevent ethical lapses. Read more
An Interview with ACMA Member and Streamline Author Richard Baron
Streamline: One City Manager's Breakthrough Journey to Government Efficiency with Lean and Six Sigma is a new business novel designed to improve government efficiency.

City and county managers across the country are being told more than ever before, to increase efficiency without the help of additional money or staff.

ACMA President Nicole Lance sat down to interview Richard Baron, Process & Project Coordinator for Coconino County, Arizona, about how his novel Streamline offers a solution for that dilemma. Read more
ACMA Member Profile
Name, title & city/town
Tracy Corman, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town of Queen Creek

Where are you originally from?
Queen Creek, Arizona

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I was recently out of college and working for Maricopa County when I saw a position opening with the Town of Queen Creek. The idea of serving the community where I grew up was intriguing to me. At that time Queen Creek was just beginning to see the first signs of the exponential growth that has since come. I was excited to be part of building a community from the ground up, and it has been very rewarding. Read more
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Innovation Edge: Engaging the Community in Public Safety: Examples of Community Policing Concepts
by Jason Rollins, Communications Director, Alliance for Innovation

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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 September
Associate Member
Tracy Stevens, Development and Engineering Services Director, City of Avondale

Retired Member
Michael Reuwsaat, Former Town Manager, Town of Marana
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

Yvonne Kimball
Town Manager
Town of Dewey-Humboldt

Steven Turner
Associate Representative
Senior Management Analyst
City of Casa Grande

Pat McDermott
ACMA/ICMA Senior Advisor
Retired Assistant City Manager
City of Chandler
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

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
Arizona City/County Management Association
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