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ACMA Recognizes Two New Life Members
Our first new life member, Terry Ellis, joined ACMA in 1997 shortly after becoming City Manager of Peoria and was very active in the association until his retirement in June of 2008. Terry was the 2009 recipient of ACMA's highest honor, the DeBolske Award.

Terry stands out for his efforts to advise, mentor and support fellow government management professionals. In the Valley, he is recognized as being a mentor and regularly receives inquiries from fellow managers to obtain his insight and advice on how he would approach issues. He has always felt it is important to prepare and mentor his assistants and develop a career ladder throughout the city management profession.

During his leadership as City Manager in Peoria he encouraged city staff to participate in neighborhood pride programs, which are rebuilding small sections of the city at a time. It was a way for him to help others understand the value of service to the community. In his personal life, Terry serves on the board of directors of Shoebox Ministry, a nonprofit group that provides essential toiletries and other support to the homeless of Maricopa County. Terry also volunteers with Alongside Ministries. As part of this organization, he serves as an inmate mentor in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Our second new life member, Frank Fairbanks, has been a member of ACMA for most of his 35 years with the City of Phoenix and has always been supportive of city's participation in ACMA. Throughout his involvement with ACMA, Frank has been a presenter at conferences and a willing mentor to other members of the organization. Frank is a previous ACMA John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award Recipient (2004), and he received Life Membership from ICMA at his retirement.

With Frank's leadership, the City of Phoenix won the Carl Bertelsmann Prize for best run city government in the world. Phoenix was also named a 2009 All American City by the National Civic League. As City Manager, Frank forged many creative partnerships with state agencies, regional entities and other cities and towns to coordinate transportation, water, land use, infrastructure and public safety solutions that will benefit the region for years to come.

Frank is known internationally for managing the 5th largest city in the United States, the largest city with a council-manager form of government, for 19 years. He continually maintained and improved city service delivery as Phoenix grew to 518.8 square miles and 1.58 million residents. Once he became Phoenix City Manager, Frank championed government efficiency, innovation, quality service delivery, responsible urban development, and community participation.

His accomplishments assisted with the promotion of public administration internationally, and through Phoenix's Management Internship Program, Frank trained and recruited many future leaders. Frank serves as an example of leadership for public administrators and those aspiring to enter the profession.
Arizona City/County Management Association
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