This year's Catherine F. Connolly award was presented to Pat McDermott, Assistant City Manager for the City of Chandler. 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
Pat was appointed assistant city manager of Chandler in May 1989. He has more than 37 years of municipal management experience. Before
joining the city of Chandler, Pat served as city manager for the city of Brighton, Colorado; and city manager for the city of Las Vegas,
New Mexico. He also served as assistant city manager and community development coordinator for the city of Chickasha, Oklahoma.
His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in sociology from Colorado State University at Fort Collins; and a master's degree
in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. In addition, Pat has served on a variety of committees as part of
the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), as well as other local and regional committees in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Beyond what you will learn about Pat from reading his biography, his colleagues will tell you Pat is the consummate assistant city manager.
He is known as an excellent internal manager and is highly regarded and respected by the staff at the city of Chandler.
Pat has been involved in numerous accomplishments during his more than 23 years with the city. Since the commencement of his tenure, Pat has
worked tirelessly to ensure that citizens of Chandler are receiving the best service possible in all areas.
Pat currently oversees the city's Economic Development, Municipal Utilities, Building & Facilities and Transportation and Development departments
and has at one point or another overseen every department in the organization, contributing to the growth and advancement of the city.
Some of Pat's accomplishments include the areas of economic development, particularly, working to create and strengthen public-private partnerships
such as the one Chandler has had established with the Intel Corporation, which houses its Fab 12, Fab 32 and future Fab 42 facilities in Chandler.
In addition, his leadership and guidance has been instrumental in Chandler receiving many awards and accolades, including the 2010 All-America City
from the National Civic League and the city's 30th Consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, and its 24th
Consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.
The city of Chandler has been most fortunate to have a man of Pat's integrity, dedication and commitment to excellence in its ranks these