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Coconino County Manager James Jayne has announced the appointment of Joanne Keene as Deputy County Manager. The Board of Supervisors are expected to approve the appointment at a regular board meeting in March.
Keene has almost twenty-five years of experience in local, state and federal government. Most recently, Keene has served for five years as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff to Northern Arizona University. Prior to her work at NAU, Keene served as the Government Relations Director for Coconino County from 2007 – 2015 and for eight years in various roles in Arizona and in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. House of Representatives.
"We’re thrilled to welcome back Joanne to the County team,” said County Manager James Jayne. “Several highly qualified candidates were interviewed for this position and Joanne’s experience and dedication to this County made her the clear choice. Joanne has remained an essential and trusted voice in our community and has been a fantastic partner in her role with NAU. She is known for her leadership, professionalism and devotion to public service and we look forward to her joining the County Management team as she provides vital leadership to key departments.”
As Deputy County Manager, Keene’s focus will be on fulfilling the goals and further developing the missions of internal service departments. As part of the County’s Organizational Renewal initiative, the Deputy County Manager will promote organizational culture to achieve success and partnership in Information Technology, Human Resources and Facilities Management.
“Coconino County is a special place and I’m excited to rejoin such a committed organization,” said incoming Deputy Manager Keene. “I strongly believe that local governments, and the people working in them, make an incredible difference in people’s lives. I look forward to working with the Board, people, elected officials, the County Management team and the internal service departments to continue the work the County does to provide excellent service.”
Keene is a graduate of NAU with a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelors in English and Broadcast Journalism. She is also a Certified Public Manager through Arizona State University and a Flinn-Brown Fellow. Keene currently serves on several local boards including High Country Humane and Mountain Line. On the statewide level, Keene services on the Board of Directors for Arizona Forward and is a Governor’s appointee to the Arizona State Fair and Exposition Board and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.