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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.