I believe the time is right to invest leadership and years of multi-level government experience. With a good mind and a good background, I will continue to work to protect our quality of life and practice balance. Using common sense, tenacity and experience, I will continue to work to “get things done”. Living in a safe region is important to me. Casey and I have invested our time and talent while living and working across Yavapai County. Through great relationships and demonstrated performance, working with others I hope to build on our current success here in the county.
Clearly, sound fiscal management and administration, which includes governing tax rates; with final approval over the budget of the forty departments. My background and record offer sound management. Coming out of this pandemic, experienced leadership will be very important moving forward. As an administrator I’ve worked the budgets, deferred programs and cut projects during the last economic downturn.
No; I do not have a beef with anyone. Our current Supervisor, Tom Thurman, is retiring. He’s done a great job for Yavapai County. He is my supervisor and his will be big shoes to fill.
Over a period of months last year, I worked with a group of leaders across Yavapai County. I led workgroups and through a shared effort we produced a high-level economic development blueprint with recommendations. Thinking the communities were unique, we actually identified some common and important issues: Attainable housing and long-term rentals; workforce (over 30% drive to the valley for work—that’s a brain drain for us); transportation; broadband capacity; water and funding. I’ll be using these recommendations with identified goals to work toward solutions.
I am already practicing this action and will continue. For instance, last year when I worked with leaders across Yavapai County to produce an economic development blueprint, I purposely made sure to work both sides of the county. Supervisor Thurman took positive note. For over a decade, my husband, Casey Rooney, served as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Cottonwood while living in Prescott Valley. During that time, we became founding members of the Southwest Wine Center in Clarkdale. We continue to be back and forth regularly for work and volunteering in our support of Yavapai County.
No. In cases of deficit revenues we can use another strategy, if needed, such as furloughs for a period of time. This helps employees keep insurance. If we get to that point, we then will need to revert to providing essential services.
First allegiance is the District. As a Board, we work together on bigger picture issues and opportunities; where, oftentimes there is give and take. We also work with our County Supervisors Association at the state level.
This is where my broad relationships network pays off. While I may not always know the answer, I usually know who to call. Emergency Management is one of my major focus areas. I will work to protect the safety of our citizens and infrastructure by working with our departments, intergovernmental agencies and private groups. Called up during this pandemic, Ron Sauntman and his team have now begun the transition over to fire season. I’ve been part of role play emergency response exercises. Practicing long-range thinking, we can look ahead to potential incidents that may adversely affect our low income areas.
During fire season, we are VERY aware of keeping up properties to reduce potential fires. This is only one element. For health and safety, we do need standards; yes, fines are a tool to be used. The County annually provides free slash drop off at the transfer stations. Obviously, some residents may not have ability or money to clean up their properties. Recently I had the opportunity to work with the fine folks at Mission Church in Mayer. They helped people who needed help with yard cleanup. Community finds ways to come alongside each other when there is a need.
Yes, in fact, I do now. During my professional career and serving as Town Councilmember, I served on special boards and worked with other elected officials, school districts, agencies and non-profits to help bring solutions to our communities. I have many of these working relationships already in place.
I believe in property rights, balance, and managed growth. I’m used to working with long-range plans (comprehensive plan) and opposing views. I’m all for affordable development; the fact is we have a housing issue. I propose we reinstitute the Housing Task Force that was suspended in 2009 during the last economic downturn. There is a regional housing study in play and our leaders across the county voiced this as a priority issue—the inertia is there.
- Waste water
- Trash removal
- Urbanized government services already PROVIDED
- Flood control
- Emergency services
- Justice Court services
- Community Health Center of Yavapai – for all county citizens without health insurance
- Sheriff and Constable services
No, unless these communities were willing to pay for the use of these services. To provide water and sewer, the county would have to build and bill the residents for water infrastructure and waste water treatment facilities. This would be very expensive for the residents. Outside of the city, folks often enjoy a less expensive quality of life.
From my experience, the rural communities have a pretty good handle on who they are, their identity. To ignore recommendations would be counter to representing the citizens. Conversely, recommendations have to be woven together with neighboring community recommendations for the common good. Even though our rural community organizations are not governmental, there are solid leaders and good people that stand together. This is what good community is about. It would be an honor to serve them.
Primarily, the Town of Prescott Valley; secondarily, the Arizona Department of Transportation. The further you get out of town is where the county roads pick up.
Where do you stand on Verde Connect?
I was raised in a rural community so I can appreciate the agriculture of the Verde Valley. In my career I have successfully and collectively worked to help bring balance to the big picture. Our transportation system is important for now and the future to move people, goods, and to provide services. I will be supporting the system connectivity and economic benefit of the Verde Connect. Public comment just recently closed. Respectfully, there’s a lot of misinformation out there right now. Please contact me if you would like to continue this conversation.
Can you explain how Verde Connect benefits Cornville Road?
Verde Connect as a regional project supporting our overall transportation system, not one road in particular. This overall project looks to tie into Cornville Road.
- Provides an alternate route that decreases emergency response times
- Helps to meet current and future travel demand
- Provides an additional Verde River crossing; connects communities separated by the river
- Can manage access to the river via the bridge crossing
- Supports economic development
- Provides an alternative route when detours occur
Should the Verde Connect project include a connector to Middle Verde Road?
I will be supporting the system connectivity and economic benefit of the Verde Connect, which includes the connector to Middle Verde Road. Public comment just recently closed.
The official site is: https://verdeconnect.com/
Please contact me if you would like to continue this conversation. Thank you.
It is my understanding the Criminal Justice Center has already been bonded for.
I believe you are asking me if I support:
- having local control and being in compliance so the Federal Government doesn’t step in to tell us what we have to do and how to do it
- addressing the current issue of maximum capacity (population numbers going forward will also increase due to activity and county growth)
- efficiencies with bringing judges to the inmates at the center reducing issues with transport and security
- leveraging this center to provide a non-custodial mental health facility
- helping inmates and families to more easily access resources needed to help them be productive, hold jobs and contribute to the community
- diversion programs
- reducing safety and security risks at the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza
- saving $2,000,000/year in current county transportation costs; including safety of those transporting and being transported back and forth
- long range planning (Board of Supervisors discussion for this center began back in 2003)
Yes. Having worked with the federal side, had we not addressed this, the Federal partners would be taking the lead position due to noncompliance and the price tag would invariably go up, not to mention the cost of our time involved to mitigate. The tax levy will work for us to address this. I believe the Supervisors acted responsibly with this option and maintained local control. Federal funding is needed to assist with serving our communities but compliance is always required.
Through leadership initiatives, 80+ staff. I also was in charge of a state-wide transportation program for 120+ cities, counties, towns, and tribes. Through years of leadership experience, I am very comfortable working with citizens, multiple staff at different levels, and various intergovernmental partners at the local, regional, state and federal levels.
This is a very sad and scary time in our nation. I see that there are peaceful protesters and, conversely, those who are trying to take advantage of the current situation. Protesting is a personal right for to us to peaceably assemble and petition for a “redress of grievances”. Looting and destruction is wrong, period. On both sides, I believe protesters and police deserve respect no matter what color you are, how much money you make, what education you have or don’t have, where you live, or who you love. I believe in law and order but people get frustrated when injustice is unchecked. It takes champion leaders across the board to bravely work through these monumental challenges we face. But everyday we have the ability and power to personally effect change by how we treat people and by taking personal responsibility. It takes courage to speak up and do the right thing. Mr. Floyd did not deserve what we witnessed in those few moments of time. We also have police officers serving who would have handled this differently. Like many others, I am trying to learn from this.
Personally, I’m not a fan; but I do realize there are compromised folks around us—I can do my part, too. The Governor upheld local control for our leaders to decide. Local control is important to me. There are also some businesses and offices requiring masks; this is not unlike a posted requirement to refrain from carrying my firearm onto their premises. I respect that because it is their property. I try to uphold the law of the land.
I believe in property rights. While serving as a former Councilwoman, a citizen reached out to the Council regarding his concern about the neighbor next door building on his lot. He did not want him to build because he felt there were drainage issues and his property might be flooded. We discussed the insurance aspect, the neighbor’s responsibility, plan approvals/permitting, and legalities. He wanted us to stop his neighbor from building to relieve his concern. While we heard his concern, we came to the conclusion that there was no proof this would actually occur, but if it did there were controls in place to address any potential damage. Furthermore, we asked him if he was instead prepared to pay the neighbor for the lot next to him to remedy his concern. Of course, he said no and we shared that the neighbor that owns the lot has right to treatment of his property within the law. To reiterate, I believe in property rights!
Please see the FAQ’s on Verde Connect. We improve local road conditions through: planning, construction and maintenance. The County works with the regional planning partners in the Verde Valley on the east side through the Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization. Conversely, the County works with regional planning partners on the west side through the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization.
I maintain that rural property owners have a right to drill a well and use the water on their property.
We have to protect the Verde River.
This video forum answers further water questions. Please view the Citizens Water Advisory Group June 23, 2020 District 2 forum video at:
Low broadband capacity was an identified issue in the 2019 Blueprint for the Yavapai County Economic Development Partnership. I will continue to support professionals who are trying to work with service providers to expand broadband. This is needed for schools, businesses, emergency services and the citizens of our county. Internet support on wired networks can be challenging and sometimes non-existent in some areas of the county.
I am for BALANCE. I recently received the packet of information on SCR and began researching it; this includes speaking with knowledgeable people and hearing from stakeholders. I will not provide my thoughts on this complex issue until I have completed the research. Please watch for future thoughts on SCR.