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Posted on: December 11, 2020

County Manager James Jayne Announces Retirement in July of 2021

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Coconino County Manager James Jayne will retire on July 2, 2021. Jayne will aid Board of Supervisors in transition to next County Manager.

 Coconino County Manager James Jayne announced his retirement from County service effective July 2, 2021. Jayne joined Coconino County in 2017 and previously served as Navajo County Manager.

“I understand this may be a surprise to many - my season is changing, and I am excited to spend more time with my family, including my two granddaughters,” said County Manager James Jayne. “I am proud of my 30 years of public service at the federal, state and local government level that has afforded me a richness of community and a depth of service for which I will always be grateful. Coconino County has been a pinnacle of my career and is a special place for me. I look forward to assisting the new Board with the transition and search process for the next manager.”

Coconino County Board Chairwoman, Supervisor Liz Archuleta expressed gratitude to the County Manager for his service, “County Manager Jayne has had an exemplary career and is the embodiment of a true public servant. He has a deep caring for our team members and residents.  Coconino County has benefited greatly from his wisdom, expertise and stewardship. During his time, he has led our County through some significant challenges – the Tinder and Museum Fires as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response. We are grateful for the leadership of Manager Jayne. His accomplishments and commitment to public service has made an enduring impression on Coconino County.”

With the announcement by County Manager Jayne, the Board of Supervisors will develop a search process and recruitment for the next County Manager. After a new manager is selected by the Board of Supervisors, Manager Jayne will continue serving in an advisory capacity, supporting the Board and new Manager in various capacities until his retirement date.

“I want to thank County Manager Jayne for his dedication and service to Coconino County through these tough times,” said Supervisor Matt Ryan. “Jimmy is a true public servant and has always placed the County first.  As we look forward to 2021, the new Board and the County Manager will work together to facilitate the search for the next County Manager.  Together, we will ensure a positive and seamless transition that allows the County to continue providing excellent public service to our residents.”

The County will announce its search process for the County Manager when finalized by the Board of Supervisors.

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