This year, ACMA recognized Ed Beasley and Mike Letcher as recipients of the ACMA Life Member Award at the 2013 Winter Conference in Sedona.
Mike Letcher was unable to attend the ACMA Winter Conference and will be presented with his award at the summer conference in Tucson. Mr.
Beasley has been an active member of the ACMA since the 1980s, serving as a board member and later as president in 1997. He is also an ICMA
Credentialed Manager and has served on several ICMA committees. Mr. Beasley served communities in Arizona, Kansas and Missouri for almost three
decades before announcing his retirement in 2012 from the city of Glendale.
Ed has demonstrated his commitment to the profession and ACMA not only by his own participation; but, by encouraging and supporting the on-going
participation of a large delegation of Glendale employees who have been active contributing members of ACMA for many years. His contributions to
local government were previously recognized in 2000 when ACMA awarded him the John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award.
Under Mr. Beasley's management, organizations that he served implemented best practices that set new standards for other local governments. He
has been recognized at both the national and local levels through various awards in budgeting, financial reporting, and specific government and
has been a leader in providing job opportunities through both Arizona State University and the University of Kansas internship programs to
promote new leadership in the profession.
While working for the city of Flagstaff, Mr. Beasley played an instrumental role in that community being the first in Arizona to establish a
city holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His contributions to the city of Glendale and the state of Arizona are noteworthy. He has
worked to provide economic growth and job creation for the West Valley, including efforts to bring NFL and NHL to the state. Mr. Beasley's
personal contributions aside, his dedication to furthering the profession of local government though others is truly a legacy.
Mike Letcher has led a career in city management for 34 years, with service in Arizona, Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia and Missouri.
Mr. Letcher has been a consistent and dedicated contributor to the profession of local government management throughout his career. He
has held management positions in six cities, finishing his career as the city manager of Tucson in 2011. He has also served the profession
on state association committees in each of the states in which he worked. He has mentored and counseled numerous young professionals
starting their careers in local government management both here in Arizona and the other states where he worked.
Throughout his career, he has been an active and engaged member of the ACMA for more than 11 years while serving on the board
from 1999-2000. He is also an ICMA Credentialed Manager and has served on various ICMA committees such as the Small Cities Task
Force, which he chaired.
While at the city of Tucson, Mr. Letcher has made several contributions including developing the city's first ever water for annexation policy;
making historic changes to the city's retirement system to improve its financial sustainability and finalizing the security of one of the city's
largest grants for the construction of the modern streetcar.
Mr. Letcher has contributed to strengthening and sustaining the profession by serving as an assistant professor of practice at the University of
Arizona. He has consistently been recognized by his peers and state leaders for the contributions he has made to the profession and the various
communities he has served.