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Cynthia Seelhammer
Title: County Manager
Phone: (928) 679-7130
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Cynthia Seelhammer became County Manager in August 2013. Cynthia oversees all day-to-day operations of the County and acts as liaison with Elected Officials.

Awards

  • 2012 Professional Excellence Award, named for Jack DeBolsky, for demonstration of the highest level of professional excellence in local government from the Arizona City/County Management Association.
  • 2010 Arizona City/County Management Association Outstanding Assistant City/County Management Award, in recognition of leadership, commitment to enhancing the profession, and ethical performance.
  • 2004 ASPA Superior Service Award in Management category from the Arizona Chapter of American Society for Public Administration.



Cynthia Seelhammer 

Cynthia is a Credentialed Credential Manager, a designation for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Prior to joining the County, Cynthia was a Town Manager for more than 12 years, and she served as a Deputy County Manager for the City of Phoenix. She has worked for 8 different cities during her 32 year career.

Education

Cynthia holds a BA and a Master's degree in Public Administration.



Deputy County Managers

Mike Townsend
Title: Deputy County Manager
Phone: (928) 679-7130
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Mike Townsend currently serves as Deputy County Manager in Coconino County. He oversees the County’s Finance, Community Services, Community Development, Public Defender, Legal Defender and Facilities departments. Mike also serves as Trustee to the Northern Arizona Public Employee Benefits Trust and as the Manager’s Office liaison to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council working with the multiple County Departments and regional jurisdictions involved in the Criminal Justice System. Mike served as Interim County Manager from November 2011 to August 2013 and has worked more than 15 years with the County. Mike served as the County’s Chief Fiscal Officer from 2000 to 2007. 
 Mike Townsend

Mike was awarded the Catherine Connolly Award in February 2014 as the outstanding Assistant City/County Manager in Arizona, presented by the Arizona City/County Management Association.

Appointments

In addition, Mike served on the Arizona State Retirement System’s Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2011. He served as that board's vice-chair in fiscal year 2007 and as board chair in fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

Previous Experience
Prior to joining the County, Mike worked with the City of Flagstaff Finance Department, in the public accounting field and worked in the private sector in the manufacturing and automotive industries.

Education
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Northern Arizona University in 1987. Mike is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Arizona since 1992.

Mike was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, July 2015, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education.


Neal Young
Title: Deputy County Manager
Phone: (928) 679-7130
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Neal Young became Deputy County Manager in July 2015. He oversees the departments of Career Center, Emergency Management, Information Technology, Parks & Recreation, Public Health Services District, an Public Works. Neal is also the lead on County economic development.

Previous Experience
Prior to joining the County, Neal served as the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Phoenix. His roles for the City of Phoenix also Senior Executive Assistant to the City Manager, Public Transit Director, Assistant Water Services Director, Assistant Human Services Director, and Assistant Housing Director. Prior to joining the City of Phoenix, Neal worked for the Arizona Department of Economic Security in
 
Neal Young
various capacities including Director, Associate Director, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Information Officer.

Education
Neal earned his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Master of Business Administration degrees from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Neal is also a Certified Public Accountant.



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