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Message from the President
John Kross, ICMA-CM, Town Manager, Town of Queen Creek

On behalf of the Board of Directors of ACMA, I want to take this opportunity and thank everyone for your continued support of ACMA and its initiatives. I am grateful and honored to have your support to serve as ACMA's President this year. I also want to thank Gilbert Davidson, Town Manager of Marana, for his service this past year as ACMA's President. Gilbert spent considerable time and effort representing ACMA not only within Arizona but in a lead role with ICMA and their efforts to advance our profession and strengthen opportunities for ACMA members locally. He set the stage for ACMA's continued progress, sustainability and innovation and I hope to be able to continue that success this year.

ACMA had another successful winter conference program in Sedona and special thanks again to Kathy McAlpine, Conference Chair and the entire Conference Planning Committee. If you did not get the chance to attend the awards banquet, I wanted to also take this opportunity to congratulate and mention the award recipients this year.

  • Michael Buettner, 2012 Esser Award Scholarship recipient
  • Samantha Santaella-Wolfe, 2012 Andrews Scholarship recipient
  • Steve Peru, Life Member
  • John Holmes, Life Member
  • Kristen Krey, Council Services Administrator, Glendale, 2012 Associate's Award for Excellence
  • Karolyn Kent, Deputy City Manager, Mesa, Catherine F. Connolly Award Outstanding City/County Manager Award
  • Cynthia Seelhammer, Interim Assistant City Manager, Maricopa, John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award

As we look forward, we have an exciting year ahead of us as we begin the countdown for the 2012 ICMA Conference in Phoenix/Maricopa County in October 7-10. Our recently concluded Winter Conference in Sedona showcased the progress of our local Host Committee and presented many opportunities for ACMA members to get involved to assist in supporting the conference activities. I wanted to take a moment to not only mention opportunities for you and your staff to become involved with the ICMA conference, but also additional professional development opportunities within ACMA.

ACMA is involved in a number of initiatives and committees each year. Your involvement with ACMA may most commonly include attendance at our two annual conferences, but the value of ACMA goes beyond our conference programming. There are many opportunities to become involved including the annual Harvard Scholarship Program, Marvin Andrews and Esser Scholarship Programs, and of course, our annual conference planning committees. Through its annual strategic planning process, beginning next month, the ACMA Board is also exploring additional partnerships with other state associations to broaden professional development opportunities as well.

Regarding the Harvard Senior Executives in Local and State Government Program, this year, ACMA has been successful in reserving three spots for members in this prestigious program. In years past, ACMA provided two scholarships to the Harvard Program, but this year, we are able to provide three. Harvard limits the attendance so it is quite unique for a state association to garner two let alone three spots within the program. The deadline for applying for a scholarship is February 27. For more information on the Harvard program please contact Mary Vinzant at the League of Arizona Cities and Towns at (602) 258-5786.

ACMA's success depends on all of us to help support its various programs and services and if you are able to offer your time, listed below are some upcoming additional opportunities for involvement.

  • ICMA 2012 Conference in Phoenix/Maricopa County, Oct. 7-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center
  • Summer ACMA 2012 Conference Planning Committee
    • Contact the Planning Committee Chair:
      Dawn Irvine, Budget Administrator, Gilbert or (480) 503-6000

Lastly, if you have any additional ideas for ACMA's consideration, or would like to learn more about how to become involved with ACMA, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at either or (480) 358-3900.

Thank you for your commitment to the Arizona City/County Management Association and public service in our state. I look forward to working with everyone this year.
Arizona City/County Management Association
1820 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007   •   Phone: (602) 258-5786   •   Fax: (602) 253-3874   •