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ACMA Honors Chris Brady with 2014 DeBolske Award
The John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award was created in 1997 to recognize city/county managers who demonstrate the highest level of professional excellence in local government and who have made life contributions in serving the profession. This award is the highest honor that ACMA may bestow upon a member. The namesake of the award, Jack DeBolske, was the executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for 40 years.

This year, ACMA recognizes Chris Brady. Chris is recognized for his 25 years of service to the local government profession, and most notably his outstanding accomplishments in Mesa by partnering with the Mesa City Council, city staff and our residents in creating transformational projects to build a better Mesa. As city manager, Chris steered Mesa through some of the most difficult economic times in recent history. He made certain that Mesa would be in a stronger position to progress during and after the recession. Even during these times, in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2013 the city was successful in having Mesa voters approve bonds for public safety facilities, utility infrastructure, streets, parks and cultural facilities to enhance the lives of Mesa residents.

Mesa has recently achieved great economic development success in extending light rail through downtown Mesa which will open in 2015 with another two mile extension planned to open in 2018; recruited five liberal arts colleges to Mesa and housing, some of them in once vacant buildings; retained the Chicago Cubs and just opened the new Cubs Spring Training Complex and adjacent spectacular Riverview Park; and came to an agreement with the Oakland Athletics to rehab the Cubs former stadium so they can begin Spring Training in 2015. Chris was also instrumental in bringing an Apple manufacturing facility to Mesa. Through Chris' leadership, these successes have gained Mesa national and international recognition as being tactically bold and forward thinking.

Chris is also recognized for creating a leadership pipeline, fostering the next generation of local government leaders and ensuring the future success of the city of Mesa by developing all levels of the organization. Chris regularly meets with college students to share his expertise, has created internship and full-time employment opportunities for recent college graduates, created the Executive Manager Program which rotates four city employees per year through the city manager's office, and regularly shares Mesa's best practices with other communities at national and state conferences.
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