Economic and Workforce Development Director

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Navajo County Assistant Manager


Paul Watson joined the Navajo County Team in May of 2015 where he currently serves as Economic and Workforce Development Director.  Prior to joining Navajo County, Mr. Watson served as the Manager for the Town of Snowflake for 7.5 years.  Previously he served as Manager for the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside for over 13 years and prior to that as Finance Director. He has also served as the Finance Director for the Town of Eagar in Apache County for several years.

Mr. Watson has worked on economic development in various capacities during his service in these communities.  Most recently he has worked closely with other public and private partners to preserve the Apache Railway, which is a critical asset to the future industrial development of this region.  He serves as the Executive Director of the REAL Az Development Council, the Economic Development Agency for Navajo and Apache Counties.  He also serves on the executive committee of the Northern Arizona Council of Government, Economic Development Council (NACOG EDC), the Board of Directors for Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center, Chairman of the White Mountain Partnership (regional tourism marketing organization) and several other local and regional organizations.

Mr. Watson and his wife Lisa have lived in the area for over 30 years and raised their four children here. He has a passion for the area, and would love to see the economy flourish, allowing his and other families to be able to return to live and work in the beautiful White Mountains.