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ACMA Honors Gayle Mabery with 2016 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.

Mabery has served as the town manager of Clarkdale for nearly 18 years. She was appointed to this position only five years after receiving her bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University, and has had the privilege and honor of serving her home community her entire professional career. As the town manager of Clarkdale, Gayle has led the active community and organization through both challenging and exciting times. Clarkdale has had a number of significant issues to address during her tenure, and she has approached each with professionalism and a strategic focus on the future.

Under Mabery's leadership, the Town of Clarkdale has taken bold steps to improve the economic health of the community while strongly embracing the residents' core values related to honoring the history of the town. She has focused her community on tourism and the arts to complement the town's popular Verde Canyon Railroad. Recognizing the potential for the booming wine industry as eco-tourism in the Verde Valley, she has collaborated with other regional managers to foster this industry and has been involved with promoting a new associates degree at Clarkdale's Yavapai College in Viticulture and Enology to ensure professionalism in the local industry.

Through the strong efforts of Gayle and her team, Clarkdale was able to attract the Copper Art Museum, a wine tasting room, a river adventure tour operator, food market and the other businesses to its downtown arts and entertainment district. In addition, two subdivisions pulled new home permits for the first time in many years. She also assisted in establishing the Verde Valley Leadership.

Mabery has given time and energy to countless ACMA programs and events and can always be counted upon to participate and take on leadership roles. She has been an active member of ACMA for many years, serving on the Board of Directors and as president in 2007. In 2006, Mabery was awarded the ACMA scholarship to the Harvard Senior Education Program in State and Local Government. In 2012, she co-chaired the ICMA Annual Conference Athletics Committee.
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