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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Board of Supervisors Names Top Candidate to Fill District 3 Vacancy in 2024

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At their regular meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors (Board) concluded the District 3 vacancy process by unanimously naming their top candidate to serve the remainder of retiring Supervisor Matt Ryan’s term.

After brief comments regarding the candidates, interviews, and selection process, the Board named Adam Hess of Bellemont to represent District 3. 

“We feel Mr. Hess is the best candidate to hit the ground running in this very short appointment,” commented Jeronimo Vasquez, Chair of the Board and Supervisor for District 2. “His leadership experience from his military service and his desire to return to where he grew up and serve his community will enable him to represent District 3 immediately upon official appointment.”

Hess is a recently retired 27-year veteran of the United States Army, father of two, and resident of Coconino County since 1976. He also recently completed a Skillbridge internship with Supervisor Ryan’s office which he cites as his motivation to serve on the Board. 

“I want to add that I appreciate all five candidates who applied and went through the interview process. I was in the same position three years ago, and I understand the pressure you were under,” Vasquez said. “I hope for the remaining four candidates this is just the beginning of your involvement with public service and local government.”

Supervisor Ryan’s final meeting on the Board will be Tuesday, December 19, 2023. Hess will be officially appointed to District 3 Supervisor at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.