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ACMA Honors Karolyn Kent with 2012 Connolly Award
This year's Catherine F. Connolly award was presented to Karolyn Kent, Deputy City Manager for the City of Mesa. The Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding 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.

Kari has been a dedicated and passionate public servant since 1992, and has spent the last 18 years in municipal management. Before entering the city management profession, she served as a budget analyst for the State of Arizona, during which time she earned her MPA from ASU. In 1994, she began working for the city of Mesa, where she remains today. In Mesa, her experience has been varied and unique, a testament to her outstanding ability to taken on even the most difficult of assignments and emerge successful. In 1999, she was named Solid Waste Director and two years later was promoted to Assistant Development Service Director. She later served as Neighborhood Services Director and ultimately was appointed to her current post of Deputy City Manager in June 2007. In her current position, she oversees the Arts & Cultural; Economic Development; Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities; and Human Resources departments.

Recently, she has also stepped up as a leader in preparation for the ICMA 2012 Conference, co-chairing the Volunteers Subcommittee, and leveraging a broad network of community organizations and resources to ensure the conference is flawlessly executed. Kari has also served on several ACMA conference planning committees and is entering her first year of service on the Board of Directors. She has made a concerted effort to reach out to communities who did not have ACMA members to get them involved, and also has made every effort to have conference sessions reflect the diversity of the membership and local governments in Arizona. Kari is a tremendous asset to the city of Mesa, ACMA and the local government profession in our state.
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