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Message from the President
Kari Kent, Deputy City Manager, City of Mesa

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 2014 president. I also want to thank Bob Flatley, city manager of Coolidge, for his leadership as ACMA's 2013 president. It was a pleasure serving as his president-elect, and implementing numerous initiatives like the ACMA Mentoring Program. I also wanted to extend my appreciation to three outgoing board members: John Kross, town manager of Queen Creek; Jim Thompson, city manager of Casa Grande; and Dawn Irvine, director of the Town of Gilbert's Office of Management and Budget; for their outstanding contributions. All of these above-mentioned individuals were instrumental in hosting the 2012 Phoenix-Maricopa County ICMA Conference as well as invaluable in furthering ACMA's mission of promoting local government excellence.

ACMA had another successful winter conference program in Sedona and I extend a special thanks to Bryant Powell, who served as this year's Winter Conference Planning Committee chair. The conference is a huge undertaking and we are grateful for the countless hours and energy that Bryant, his co-chair, Katie Gregory from Peoria, and the entire planning committee invested in order to ensure a successful event in Sedona. ACMA is grateful for its new and returning 2014 sponsors and was fortunate to welcome them to our Winter Conference:

Silver Sponsors
  • Davidson Fixed Income Management
  • H-PACT
  • Piper Jaffray
  • RBC Capital Markets, LLC
  • Squire Sanders LLP
  • Southwest Gas Corporation
  • WC Scoutten
  • Wedbush Securities

Gold Sponsors
  • American Fidelity Assurance Company
  • First Southwest
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Severn Trent Services
  • SmartWorksPlus,Inc.
  • Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
  • TischlerBise, Inc.

Platinum Sponsors
  • Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool (AMRRP)
  • Arizona Public Employers Health Pool (APEHP)
  • Arizona Public Service
  • Climatec
  • Cox Communications
  • Gust Rosenfeld
  • SRP

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.

  • Kacie Howard, ASU MPA Student - 2014 Esser Scholarship Recipient
  • Jillian Childress, ASU MPA Student - 2014 Andrews Scholarship Recipient
  • Curtis Shook, Former City Manager of Douglas - Life Member
  • Gina Montes, Assistant City Manager of Avondale - Associate Award for Excellence
  • Mike Townsend, Deputy County Manager of Coconino County - Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding City/County Manager Award
  • Chris Brady, City Manager of Mesa - John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award

There will be a new location for ACMA's Summer Conference. The conference will be held July 23-25 at the Dove Mountain Resort in Marana, Arizona. Save the date and more information will be forthcoming. If you are interested in serving on the Summer Conference Planning Committee, please email Amy Price at

During the month of April the new ACMA Board of Directors will be reviewing our Key Results Areas to make modifications to existing initiatives and create new ones. Currently, our focus has been on six areas: public education, university partnerships, professional development and training, future leadership, member communication & involvement and financial sustainability. Click on ACMA's Strategic Plan to view the current plan and feel free to email or call me at or 480.644.4567 with any feedback prior to the April 3 board retreat.

ACMA is involved in a number of initiatives each year. Look for opportunities through our ACMA newsletters and/or membership emails for opportunities to become involved including the annual Harvard Scholarship Program, Marvin Andrews and Esser Scholarship Programs, Key Result Area Committees, and our conference planning committees.

I also wanted to mention that ACMA is offering two full scholarships this year to ACMA members for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. This three-week intensive, interactive program is designed to help participants learn innovative ways of managing the real-world challenges in local government. The application deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014. For more information click on ACMA Harvard Scholarship and a special thanks to our Arizona sponsors for providing the financial support for these scholarships:

  • Arizona Public Service Company
  • Carollo Engineers
  • Davidson Fixed Income Management
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Grant Thorton, LLP
  • HDA Architects, L.L.C.
  • Interim Public Management
  • Severn Trent Services
  • Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
  • UMB Bank
  • U.S. Bank Corporate Trust
  • W.C. Scoutten, Inc.
  • Zions Bank

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.

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.
Arizona City/County Management Association
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