A few months ago I chose to not seek re-election. Although I believe I can continue to make positive changes in Pinal County, there are other areas of service I need to explore.
Ten days ago I was selected from a nationwide search to be the Executive Director for Arizona State Parks. Our Arizona State Parks are a fantastic resource and treasure for Arizona. As a former Wildlife Biology major at ASU, I could only have dreamed of the opportunity to lead an organization for which I care so deeply. I am fortunate to possess the desired attributes to lead the organization during these challenging times. There is no doubt that my experiences as a County Supervisor contributed greatly to my selection.
Arizona State Parks are in need of a Director immediately. Unfortunately, I am legally unable to hold the position of Director and County Supervisor simultaneously and I am obligated to resign from my Supervisor position. My last day as a Supervisor is Monday, April 30th. I assume the Director position Tuesday, May 1st.
It is with great regret that I must leave my Supervisor position prior to the completion of my term. Know that if there was a way to complete my term, I would gladly do so.
The selection of my replacement rests with the remaining Supervisors. They will select a registered Republican who resides within the district. The selection process includes the submission of a resume to the Clerk of the Board no later than noon, May 4th. The following Wednesday, May 9th, there will be a work session following the regularly scheduled board meeting to allow applicants to speak for a short time. That Friday, May 11th, the Board will select a replacement. I encourage all those with the desire to apply. I also encourage those with an applicant preference to write Mr. Rios and Mr. Snider to let them know your feelings.
As I leave my Supervisor position, allow me to once again thank you for the opportunity to lead in my own community. Know that Susie and I plan to remain in the county. Pinal County is our home. Our children remain in school here and our friends are here.
As the new Director, I encourage you to explore our State Parks. Pinal County is home to 5 of Arizona’s 30 State Parks; Lost Dutchman, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, McFarland, Picacho and Oracle. Some of our other State Parks include; Lake Havasu, Tonto Natural Bridge, Kartchner Caverns and Slide Rock. There is so much to explore.
Please feel free to stop me on the street or grocery store. I will always have a passion for Pinal County and I will always work to ‘make this place a place where our kids would choose to raise their kids’.
Until we meet again…