District 5 - Lena Fowler
Coconino County Board of Supervisors Chair Lena Fowler is serving her third term as Coconino County Supervisor for District 5.
She is Navajo, and was raised traditionally, herding sheep as a child and attending Kaibeto boarding schools.
Lena’s community service and volunteer work began in 1980 as a founding member of Tuba City Concerned Citizens. The group began the first coordination of the cleanup of the former Rare Metals Uranium Mill Tailings Site five miles north of Tuba City. She then served as a deputy registrar for the Navajo Nation and Coconino County. She was recognized twice for registering the most voters in Coconino County.
In 2006, she was appointed to the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission and served as its vice chairwoman until she stepped down to assume her duties on the Board of Supervisors. She was a member of the Commission’s negotiation and legislative teams, lobbied Congress, and worked with water rights attorneys, technical staff and consultants to establish Navajo Nation water rights in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. She also served as the Navajo Nation’s representative to the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council. Also that year, she put her organizational skills to work as campaign manager for Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., in his successful bid to become the first Navajo president re-elected in 28 years.
From 2001 to 2005, Lena was a founding member and vice president of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Board of Directors. In that capacity, she participated in negotiation sessions with the Indian Health Service which resulted in TCRHCC receiving the second-largest IHS health care contract in the country.
From 2002 to 2005, Lena served as president of the Association for Indian Self-Determination in Healthcare. In that capacity, she organized all of the 638 health care contractors on the Navajo Nation, worked cooperatively to solve issues of common interest, and coordinated successful lobbying efforts to the Navajo Nation and Congress.
She has three children: Raelene, Christopher and Shonie.
Supervisor Fowler participates on the following Boards & Committees:
• National Association of Counties (NACo)
- Rural Action Caucus
- Military and Veterans’ Committee
- Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee
• Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG)
• Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board
• Juvenile Justice Executive Committee
• Fredonia Chamber of Commerce
• Page – Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
• Friends of the Cliffs
• American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona
• Coconino County Library Board
Other Career Highlights
Birth Certificate Service in Tuba City & Page
Wednesday: 8 AM to 1 PM
Supervisor Lena Fowler receives Distinguished Service Award
Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Coconino Community College’s Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding contribution to the mission of college. Supervisor Fowler spearheaded the development of the Page Higher Education.
MOU Signing Ceremony – Page Higher Education Consortium
On April 27, 2017 Supervisor Lena Fowler hosted the MOU Signing Ceremony between Coconino Community College, Diné College, Navajo Technical University and Northern Arizona University. Read full article here.
8th Annual Law Enforcement Spring Meeting
Supervisor Lena Fowler hosted the 8th annual Interagency Law Enforcement and First Responders Spring Meeting and Cookout on April 29, 2017 at the National Park Service Headquarters in Page, AZ. Read full article here.
2nd Annual Regional Economic Outlook Conference
Supervisor Lena Fowler and the Page Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2nd annual Regional Economic Outlook Conference on May 17 & 18, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference was "Inform, Engage, Act." Read full article here.
Fire Season is Upon Us
While fires are a natural part of the ecosystem and can result in healthier forest, they have been known to devastate entire landscapes for generations. Please use extreme caution when hiking, riding, camping this season. To stay up to date on where the fires are, visit the Arizona Inciweb page online at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/3/
Board Budget Meetings
The Fiscal Year 2018 Board Budget Meetings ended on Wednesday, May 10th. The Board of Supervisors supported the County Manager's budget recommendations and added support to achieve Board and Leadership goals of making employee compensation their first priority - to encourage retention and help in recruitment for especially difficult-to-hire public safety positions. Read full article here.
2017 District 5 tax team receives award
Supervisor Lena Fowler and staff are IRS certified tax preparer and were recognized for their work in preparing free income tax for residents of Coconino County at the 2017 VITA Celebration. The Tuba City VITA volunteers team prepared 483 returns as a result generated $292,264 in Earned Income Credit (EIC) and total refunds of $667,319.
Board of Supervisors adopt “Ban the Box” Resolution
The Coconino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the “Ban the Box” Resolution (2017 – 29) in a special session on June 9. The County will now adopt and implement policies supporting the employment of rehabilitated individuals with criminal records. County Human Resources (HR) will no longer require disclosure of prior criminal history on initial job applications. Read full article here.