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ACMA Letter from the President
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your ACMA President for this coming year. I am excited for this chance to serve our organization as we seek out new opportunities to attract new members and support our core association members that are so dedicated to serving all of our communities. It was my honor to officiate the awards dinner in Sedona to recognize and celebrate the many examples of that dedication.

I would like to thank your immediate past president, Nicole Lance, Deputy City Manager in Surprise. Nicole did an outstanding job creating new opportunities for members and injecting her energy throughout the Association. ACMA continued building relationships with sponsors to provide quality programs that support our membership. Read more
Harvard Scholarship Applications - Due March 21
ACMA will offer two full scholarships this year to ACMA full and associate 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 Welcomes New Board Members
ACMA would like to welcome its newest board members!

At the Annual Business Meeting on February 2, the new president-elect, three new directors and one associate director were announced as the newest members elected to the ACMA Board. Membership elected the new members via the new online voting system. Read more
Approved Bylaw Amendments
At the ACMA Annual Business Meeting, held on February 2, the ACMA Membership voted to approve several changes to the ACMA bylaws. The changes are outlined below: Read more
ACMA Honors Bob Flatley with 2017 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.

Bob Flatley was the former city manager for Coolidge and showcased exemplary service to local government, the profession, ICMA and the Arizona City County Management Association. Read more
ACMA Honors Karen Osburn with 2017 Connolly Award
The Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding Assistant 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.

This year's Catherine F. Connolly award was presented to Karen Osburn, Assistant City Manager for the City of Sedona. Read more
ACMA Honors Mary Vinzant with 2017 Rachel Hut Bremen Associate's Award for Excellence
Town of Gilbert Assistant to the Town Manager Mary Vinzant was awarded with the Rachel Hut Bremen Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership.

In 2009, Mary joined the League of Arizona Cities and Towns as the Communication and Education Assistant, serving as the liaison for ACMA. She quickly built her brand and reputation as a responsive, proactive, and most importantly caring public servant committed to supporting professional local government management. In 2012 she was the driving force behind Arizona's successful hosting and planning of the ICMA 2012 Annual Conference in Phoenix. Without her extraordinary efforts and organization, the conference would not have been nearly as successful. Read more
ACMA Honors Pat McDermott with Life Membership
The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) recently awarded ACMA Senior Advisor and Former Chandler Assistant City Manager Pat McDermott with life membership.

Pat has more than 38 years of service in local government serving in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. Pat retired from the City of Chandler in 2015 after serving as the assistant city manager for 24 years. All of his service was done with distinction and Pat always brought honor to the profession. Read more
ACMA Honors Andrews Scholarship Recipient
ACMA awards scholarships each year to Arizona graduate students. Earlier this year, the ACMA Board of Directors approved to modify the ACMA scholarships to open them up to undergraduate students working towards their Master of Public Administration degree. The committee awarded one exceptional student the Marvin Andrews Internship and scholarship. This scholarship honors Marvin Andrews, a former Phoenix City Manager and ACMA Life Member.

The Marvin A. Andrews Scholarship is awarded to 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.

The 2017 Andrews Scholar is Thomas Prior. Read more
ACMA Honors first Jane L. Morris Women Leading Government Scholarship
Congratulations to Sharon Flissar, the first recipient of the Jane L. Morris Women Leading Government Scholarship! This first-time scholarship is in honor of Jane Morris, former Executive Director/CEO of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Jane L. Morris was an accomplished and influential public servant who had more than 25+ years of experience with the City of Phoenix. Jane passed away suddenly last year and at the request of Jane's family, donations were received from individuals and organizations around the nation who knew Jane to promote the Women Leading Government Chapter in Arizona. The donations received on Jane's behalf will allow for other women in the profession to further their career in local government. Read more
Lloyd and Nancy Harrell
The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) would like to thank Lloyd and Nancy Harrell as the first ACMA Legacy Donors.

The Harrells' generous donation will provide scholarships for Andrews and Esser recipients to attend the annual International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Conference.

ACMA appreciates the Harrell's generous contribution and continued support of the city management profession.
Save the Date - ACMA 2017 Summer Conference
The 2017 ACMA Summer Conference will be back at the Dove Mountain Resort in Marana, July 19 - 21. ACMA members are invited to participate in the ACMA Summer Conference Planning meeting on Tuesday, March 21 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the League office. The committee will discuss topics and set the agenda for the summer conference. If you can't make the meeting in person, you are welcome to join by phone. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail
Arizona Women Leading Government - Two Upcoming Events!
WLG Webinar - From Talk to Tools: Inspiring Intentional Inclusion
Thursday, April 6

Arizona WLG Program
Thursday, June 8
Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

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TLG 2017 Conference April 18-21 in Tulsa, OK: Registration & Scholarship Opportunity - Due March 24
The 2017 Transforming Local Government Conference (TLG) will take place April 18 - 21 in Tulsa, OK. TLG 2017 is sure to be another exciting, unique experience for local government practitioners of all levels. TLG will attract over 500 local government professionals at every level in the organization across the US and Canada. TLG is recognized for its dynamic content that encourages freethinking and fosters unprecedented ideas, all within a relaxed and professional networking and learning environment. For conference details visit

If you had the chance to attend 2016's unique partnership with League of Minnesota Cities for TLG 2016, then surely you won't want to miss TLG 2017. And if you haven't had a chance to experience a TLG yet, well, find out what the TLG experience means. Stay tuned for updates! Read more
Arizona Economic Outlook
From Sean McCarthy, Regional Chief Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Private Bank

ACMA had the pleasure of welcoming Sean McCarthy, Regional Chief Investment Officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank, to present an economic update at the ACMA Winter Conference in Sedona.

Mr. McCarthy has provided the Arizona Economic Outlook for February 2017 as a reference for members.

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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 (February & March)
Mariel Klein, Management Assistant I, City of Mesa
Kelly Murray, Management Intern, City of Phoenix
Dr. Marie Peoples, County Chief Health Officer, Coconino County
Corve Smith, Management Assistant I, City of Mesa

Isaac Bernal, Student, Arizona State University
Elizabeth Kuttner, Student, Arizona State University
Mathew Nevarez, Student, Arizona State University
Jaira Reyes, Student, Arizona State University
Kevin Rutherford, Student, Arizona State University
David Simon, Student, Arizona State University
William Terrance, Student, Arizona State University
ACMA Board of Directors
Mike Townsend
Deputy County Manager
Coconino County

Shane Dille
Deputy City Manager
City of Flagstaff

Milton Dohoney
Assistant City Manager
City of Phoenix

Bryant Powell
City Manager
City of Apache Junction

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
Nicole Lance
Immediate Past President
Assistant City Manager
City of Surprise

Justin Clifton
City Manager
City of Sedona

Ian McGaughey
Town Manager
Town of Clifton

Brent Stockwell
Assistant City Manager
City of Scottsdale

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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