City of Mesa News Article
City Manager receives professional excellence award
By: Kevin Christopher
02/10/14 6:15 PM

Feb. 10, 2014
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Steve Wright
Tel. 480-644-2069  
Mesa, AZ – Mesa City Manager Chris Brady was awarded the prestigious John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award this past weekend by the Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) during their annual winter conference held in Sedona, Arizona.
“This is an incredible and unexpected honor.” Brady said, “I have devoted my professional life to public service and my experience in the City of Mesa over the last 8 years has been both challenging and rewarding. The community, City employees and elected officials have worked hard to bring many successful projects and initiatives to fruition.” 
The award named after Jack DeBolske, the past Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for 40 years, recognizes 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 bestows upon an active member.
“Coming out of the great recession, the City of Mesa has been recognized as an example of what government can accomplish through innovation and diligence. Chris Brady has been the leader of this charge with amazing results.” Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said, “Working together we have turned Mesa in a new direction to be a forward-thinking city. We are in the national spotlight for our innovations in local government that create opportunities for investment, expanded educational resources and job creation.”
Brady has worked more than 25 years in local government. He has been Mesa's city manager since January 2006.  Prior to that, he served as assistant city manager in San Antonio and Bellaire, Texas, as well as financial management positions for the city of Houston, and worked in the Mayor's Office in Provo Utah. Based on his leadership and contributions to ACMA, the International City/County Management Association and the Texas City/County Management Association, Brady was appointed to a two-year term on the National Public Technology Board. He also is serving his third year as a member of the Mesa United Way Board and has served in leadership roles for the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments Management Committee, and the Phoenix-¬≠Mesa Gateway Authority.
About Mesa, Arizona – The City of Mesa’s estimated population is more than 450,000 within an incorporated area of approximately 133 square miles. Total land area encompasses 182 square miles. The City ranks as the 38th most populous city in the United States, larger than the cities of Atlanta, Miami, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. Mesa is a favorite destination to thousands of visitors with more than 300 sun-filled days a year and average temperature of 72.6 degrees. The area’s economy is driven by four major industries healthcare, education, aerospace, and tourism. Mesa is home to two award-winning airports, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Falcon Field Airport and the western United States headquarters for the Chicago Cubs. For more information about the City of Mesa go to
About ACMA - The Arizona City/County Management Association was established in 1954. It is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to increasing the knowledge and ability of city, town, and county managers, as well as other local government administrators and to strengthen the quality of local government in the State of Arizona through professional management, education, training, and the mutual exchange of information.


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