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ACMA Nominating Committee Report & Proposed Bylaw Amendments
Date: December 29, 2015
 
To: Members of ACMA
 
From: Josh Wright, ACMA President
 
Subject: ACMA Nominating Committee Report & Proposed Bylaw Amendments
 
It has been my pleasure to serve as the chair of the 2016 Nominating Committee. Other members of the Nominating Committee included Kari Kent, Mesa and Nicole Lance, Surprise. The committee has nominated the following ACMA members for election to the ACMA Board of Directors:

President Nicole Lance, Deputy City Manager, Surprise
 
President-Elect Mike Townsend, Deputy County Manager, Coconino County
 
Director (two-year term) Shane Dille, City Manager, Nogales
 
Director (two-year term) Milton Dohoney, Assistant City Manager, Phoenix
 
Director (two-year term) Robert Smith, Town Manager, Chino Valley
 
Director, Associate
(two-year term)
Teri Bankhead, Assistant to the Town Manager, Sahuarita
 
The members of the board of directors who are scheduled to remain on the board in 2016 are: Josh Wright, Wickenburg, Immediate Past President; Mike Townsend, Coconino County, President-Elect; and Yvonne Kimball, Dewey-Humboldt. The Nominating Committee appointed Brandon Buchanan, Williams, to fill Jerene Watson's Director position and Steven Turner, Casa Grande, to fill Nicole Lance's Associate Director position, both for a one-year term.

During this meeting the Nominating Committee reviewed award applications. The committee selected Ken Buchanan, former town manager of Fountain Hills and ACMA Retired Member to receive the Life Membership nomination which will be voted on at the Annual Business Meeting.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Nominating Committee for their thoughtful suggestions. We are fortunate to have a significant number of well-qualified local government professionals in Arizona. The committee believes that these recommendations will result in well-balanced leadership that reflects the diversity of our association.

The election will be held on February 4, 2016, at the business meeting that will take place during the ACMA Winter Conference. Additional nominees may be placed on the ballot by a petition signed by at least five full members and filed with the Nominating Committee not less than five days prior to the first day of registration for the annual meeting. Nominations will not be accepted from the floor during the Annual Business Meeting.

ACMA Bylaw Amendments

During the May and July 2015 Executive Board meetings, the Board of Directors voted to bring bylaw amendments before the membership for consideration at the February 4, 2016 Annual Business Meeting. Below is an explanation of the amendments. Please point your browser here to view the draft of the suggested bylaw amendments. Amendments to the ACMA bylaws must be passed by a majority vote of the members present at the business meeting.

New ACMA Membership Criteria
Changes to Section 2.1 - The Board of Directors added a non-voting membership criterion that will allow for previous ACMA members or members of an ICMA affiliate association to stay informed of ACMA events. The new subscriber membership will have annual dues of $25. The subscriber member is one not eligible for full, associate, distinguished, faculty or student membership. The membership includes non-government organizations; however it limits their attendance at ACMA events unless they are a corporate partner of ACMA.

Distinguished Membership/Life Criteria
Changes to Section 2.1 - Changes to the distinguished membership adds clarifying language to qualifications as well as minor grammar changes.

Online Voting
Changes to Sections 5, 6 and 10 - The last bylaw amendment will allow for ACMA members to vote electronically through the ACMA website. Currently ACMA members only vote on the board of directors, distinguished membership and bylaw changes at the Annual Business. With the proposed amendments, members will have the opportunity to vote electronically through their secured member access on the ACMA website. Members will receive information on any bylaw amendments throughout the year as well as voting in January for new board members, president-elect, and distinguished membership. Members will be given at least 30 days to vote. The amendment will also allow for ACMA members who are not able to attend the annual conference to vote on board members and bylaw amendments.

If approved by ACMA membership, all bylaw amendments will take effect immediately following the annual business meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact staff at 602-258-5786 or aprice@azleague.org. I look forward to seeing you at the conference in Sedona.
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