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ACMA Letter from the President
Ahh.... I just love that “new year” smell, don’t you? So many possibilities, so many opportunities, and so many amazing things to reflect on from the previous year to set us in a positive direction for 2017.

Your ACMA Board was busy in 2016! As you know (since I am sure each one of you has read and memorized our ACMA Strategic Plan..... but in case you need a refresher, you can find it here), we currently have five Key Result Areas (KRAs) that help guide our focus as an organization: Public Education, Higher Education Partnerships, Professional Development and Future Leadership, Member Communication and Involvement, and Financial Sustainability. Read more
ACMA Nominating Committee Recommendations & Bylaw Amendments
All ACMA members received the Nominating Committee report on December 30 that put forth member names to fill the ACMA Board of Directors 2017 vacancies. Now all members have the opportunity to vote for the board member seats, life membership and bylaw amendments. The names on the ballot are listed below. Read more
Senior Advisors To Discuss Ethical Leadership at ACMA Winter Conference
As part of the continuation to showcase ethics education in the ACMA organization, Senior Advisors Mike Letcher and Pat McDermott will present on ethical leadership at the ACMA Winter Conference.

Join Mike and Pat, along with Karen Daly, the ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Director, for a discussion on professional ethics and public service. During the session, participants will receive an update on recent changes to the ICMA Code of Ethics and have the opportunity to compete in an interactive activity of ethical decision making. Whether you’re a student or a long-time manager, ethics are crucial to being a successful leader. Read more
ACMA to Offer Two Scholarships to Harvard Program - Applications due February 24!
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
ASU-ICMA Events and Speaker Series
The Arizona State University student chapter of ICMA is looking for the expertise and ideas of members of ACMA for their events in the upcoming months. Each month, students meet for a business meeting; this includes a speaker series, as well as either a social/networking event or excursion. The themes for each month are as follows: Read more
ACMA New Board Member Profile
Ian McGaughey, town manager for Clifton, has been nominated to fill a vacancy on the ACMA Board of Directors. He will fill out the remainder of a 2-year term.

Welcome to the ACMA Board, Ian!

Name, title & city/town
Ian McGaughey, Town Manager, Clifton

Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, home of the Saratoga Race Course, a thoroughbred horse racing track and the oldest continuously-operating sporting venue of any kind in the United States.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I first got involved in local government by serving as a councilman for two terms in a town of 13,000 people in upstate New York. I felt it would allow me to make a direct, positive (I hope) difference in my community. I later worked as a manager in Tribal government in Alaska before coming to the beautiful Town of Clifton. Read more
ACMA Life Member Receives International Award

Congratulations to ACMA Life Member Terry Zerkle on receiving the Personality of AMFO SR Award from the Association of Municipal Finance Officers of Slovakia on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary!

The award was given in recognition of continuing support for developing professional skills in local government management in Slovakia and for continuing to be a friend of the association.

Terry served as an ICMA Resident Advisor in Slovakia in 1995-96, following his tenure as city manager in Tempe. While in Slovakia, he worked to assist and support both elected and appointed Slovak local government officials in their efforts to make a successful transition to local self-government. 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
Jim Ferguson, Town Manager, Town of Quartzsite
Michael Lamar, City Manager, City of Prescott
Richard Marsh, City Manager, City of Bisbee
James Shano, Deputy City Manager, City of El Mirage
Reid Spaulding, Deputy County Manager, Maricopa County

Polly Bonnett, Branch Coordinator, City of Mesa Public Library
Tony Garvey, Management Associate I, City of Mesa
David Packard, Management Assistant II, City of Mesa
Kelly Pfost, Management and Budget Director, Town of Gilbert
Eduardo Rodriguez, Administrative Analyst, City of Phoenix
Dale Wiebusch, Intergovernmental Affairs Director, City of Maricopa

William Terrance, 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

Yvonne Kimball
Town Manager
Town of Dewey-Humboldt

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

Ian McGaughey
Town Manager
Town of Clifton

Steven Turner
Associate Representative
Senior 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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