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Message from the President
Bob Flatley, ICMA-CM, City Manager, City of Coolidge

As your president this year, my primary goal is to assist in the education and preparation of the next generation of city, town and county managers who aspire to join the management profession in the future. Many senior managers are retiring, creating an urgent need to attract talented young people to the profession. With your help, I will work to generate additional sponsorships for the Marvin Andrews Scholarship/Internship Program, the Charles A. Esser Scholarship Program and the Harvard Program. It is also my intent to work with ASU, NAU and UA in support of their local government academic programs.

Never has it been clearer that a community's quality of life increasingly depends on effective local government and the ethical skills of professional managers. I am grateful and honored to have the support of previous ACMA Presidents like John Kross, Gilbert Davidson and Jimmy Jayne who have set the stage for ACMA's continued progress.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the award recipients at this year's winter conference:

  • Molly Hood, 2013 Esser Award Scholarship Recipient
  • Caleb Blaschke, 2013 Andrews Scholarship Recipient
  • Ed Beasley, Life Member
  • Mike Letcher, Life Member
  • Nicole Dailey, 2013 Associate's Award for Excellence
  • Pat McDermott, Catherine F. Connolly Award Outstanding City/County Manager Award
  • Ken Buchanan, John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award

My predecessor, John Kross, is to be commended for his leadership, planning and organizing over a two-year period, the 98th ICMA Conference in Phoenix. A special thanks goes to the ACMA members for their time and effort, meeting monthly over the past year to plan a successful conference in 2012. It was only the third time ICMA has been in Arizona in 98 years, and in the end, was the best-attended in four years, with just under 3,000 participants. The host committee members were:

  • Tim Ernster
  • Manny Gonzalez
  • Mike Hutchinson
  • Dawn Irvine
  • James Jayne
  • Karolyn Kent
  • Kristen Krey
  • George Kolb
  • Gayle Mabery
  • Kathie McAlpine
  • Charles McClendon
  • Shawn Nau
  • Chris Pinuelas
  • George Pettit
  • R.J. Price
  • Cynthia Seelhammer
  • Jan Thomas
  • Jim Thompson
  • Karen Thoreson
  • Susan Thorpe
  • Tamiko Tinker
  • Andrea Welsh
  • Corey Williams
  • Ed Zuercher
  • Robert Flatley

There are many ways to get involved with ACMA and I encourage you in that direction:

  • Serve on the 2013 summer planning committee with Gina Montes, Committee Chair.
  • Attend the Mountain Plains Regional Summit to be held on May 2-3, 2013. This year's theme is ICMA: Great by Choice. For more information, please contact Mary Jacobs, our ICMA Regional Vice President.
  • Support ICMA's "Life, Well Run" initiative by linking your city's website to Also, you may run it on your government cable channel. You are encouraged to donate to support the LifeWellRun Campaign.
  • Submit your application for one of two full scholarships this year for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  • Continue to share your experiences, ideas, and information with your fellow ACMA members.
  • Invite managers who are not in ACMA to join our organization to strengthen the quality of local government management.

ACMA is your professional connection to best practices, networking and great resources. We work to strengthen the quality of local government management through education, training and information exchange. Mary Vinzant and Amy Price at the League office will assist you in your search for educational opportunities if you contact them. As a professional organization, we can support each other by sharing our experiences and lessons learned. Your involvement in ACMA is critical if we truly want to improve the quality of local government management.

As president of ACMA this year, I will work toward those goals and welcome any suggestions you may have to move us forward toward an ever-evolving bright future. Please contact me at (520) 560-7334 at any time. Thanks.
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