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.
This year, ACMA recognized Mark Pentz, Chandler City Manager, as the recipient
of the 2010 John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award for his exemplary
service to the City of Chandler, the profession and our association.
Since 2004, Mark Pentz has served as the City Manager of Chandler, one of the
fastest-growing communities in the nation. In his more than 33 years of
service, Mark has worked in local governments across the country, including
appointments as City Manager of Rockville, Maryland; Leavenworth, Kansas;
and Mexico, Missouri.
His impressive career in local government is coupled with his dedication to
the advancement of the profession through his involvement with ICMA, ACMA and
other city management associations. Mark is a Past President and Vice
President of the Maryland City/County Management Association, as well as a
former First Vice President of the Missouri City Management Association.
He also serves on the Maricopa Association of Governments Management Committee,
is a long-time member of Rotary International, and is a member of the Advisory
Board to the ASU School of Public Affairs, among other appointments.
Mark's staff knows him as a firm believer in professional development.
For example, after attending the Senior Executive Institute at the University
of Virginia in 2001, Mark decided to send other members of Chandler's senior
management team to the program. Since that time, 48 Chandler employees
He regularly meets with students and young professionals who are trying to
determine whether to start a career in local government, and has taken an
active role in the Chandler Chamber of Commerce CEO Mentoring Program, which
matches executives with local students.
Mark holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the University
of Kansas. He also holds a master's degree in American History and a bachelor's
degree in History from the University of Kansas.