About ACMA

The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) was established in 1954 and incorporated in 1998. It is a non-profit, professional membership association of city, town and county managers and other local government administrators in the state of Arizona.

The ACMA is dedicated to the advancement of the profession of local government management in Arizona. The Association provides support to its Members and the local government communities of Arizona through education, training, and networking opportunities as well as other programs and resources.

The ACMA is staffed by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and is affiliated with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), various public institutions of higher learning in Arizona, and other organizations that are dedicated to supporting and promoting local government management in Arizona.

About City/County Management

The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials (in the form of a council, board, or other governing body) with the strong professional experience of an appointed local government administrator. Under the council-manager form, power is concentrated in the elected council, which hires a professional administrator to implement its policies. This appointee serves at the pleasure of the council and has responsibility for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, hiring and firing personnel, and serving as the council’s chief policy advisor.

Of the 91 incorporated cities and towns in Arizona, 87 utilize the council-manager form of government. In addition, the 15 counties in Arizona use this same form of government as well.

For more information on council-manager form of government, please visit the ICMA web site at www.icma.org.

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