COUNTY SUPERVISORS HAND GAVEL TO CHAIRMAN JONATHAN M. NEZ
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 By: Hunter Moore
Holbrook, AZ – To begin the New Year, Navajo County’s Board of Supervisors carried a 5-0 motion to elect Jonathan M. Nez of District 1 as Chairman, and Jesse Thompson of District 2 as Vice Chairman, for 2013. Chairman Nez replaces Supervisor J.R. DeSpain, who recently retired from the Board, and Vice Chairman Thompson replaces Jerry Brownlow who also retired last year.
Chairman Jonathan M. Nez carries a distinguished record as a Navajo Nation Council Delegate and is now in his second term as a County Supervisor. After the motion was carried, Chairman Nez thanked the members of the Board, which include the first two women to ever sit on the Navajo County Board of Supervisors - former State Senator Sylvia Allen who represents District 3 and Dawnafe Whitesinger who represents District 5. Supervisor Whitesinger is also the first member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe to sit on the Navajo County Board of Supervisors.
Chairman Nez offered his appreciation to the Board for the vote, and voiced his optimism that 2013 would be a good year for the County. “I am very grateful for this honor, and I believe that we can continue to move Navajo County in the right direction with the help of the staff members and other elected officials which make this such a well-respected organization in Arizona,” said Nez.
Along with Mr. Nez, all the members of the Board expressed their appreciation to the outgoing members of the Board for their years of service, and Supervisor Jesse Thompson of District 2 wished the new Chairman his very best as he takes on this new role. “It is an unsung position,” said Thompson. “Few people realize how much responsibility the Chairman carries and we all appreciate the work that Supervisor Nez will be called upon to do this year for the County. It is my sincere hope that we can support him as he helps this organization move forward.”
The recently elected officials face some remarkable challenges as they move into 2013. While Navajo County has been able to keep a steady course during the economic downturn, the decreasing budgets, sweeps and impacts from the State of Arizona, the looming “fiscal cliff” at the federal level and the slow economic recovery has set the stage for a heightened level of awareness for every action and policy decision that is made. While the County continues to operate with a balanced budget, the newly elected leaders will be instrumental in formulating the policies to move the county forward.
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