Board of Supervisors Background
The Board consists of five members elected by district to four-year terms. The Board establishes administrative policy and direction for the County and has budgetary oversight over all County departmental budgets to ensure County revenues are expended within established guidelines.
The duties, responsibilities and authority of the Board of Supervisors are expressly provided in the Constitution and/or laws of the State.
The office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, mandated by State law, is responsible for maintaining permanent files and records of all Board actions and for processing all documents considered by the Board. The office performs all other duties required by law or by order of the Board. The Clerk's office is a source of public and historic information about Coconino County.
In accordance with A.R.S. § 42-241, the Board of Supervisors constitutes the Board of Equalization and the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors shall be its clerk. The Board may appoint a hearing officer to review petitions filed by property owners protesting valuations as determined by the County Assessor. The Board of Supervisors also constitutes the Board of Directors for special districts.
Pursuant to A.R.S. §
38-431.02(F), notice is given to the members of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors and to the general public that, effective January 1, 2010 through January 22, 2012, the Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month during the year. The meeting on the first Tuesday of each month will begina t 10 a.m. The meeting on the third Tuesday of each month will begin at 6 p.m.
Coconino County Administration Building
First Floor Board Meeting Room (unless otherwise noted at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting)
219 E. Cherry Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Notices and Agendas
Notices and agendas for board meetings will be posted at the first, second, and third floor bulletin boards, County Administration Building, 219 E. Cherry Ave. Agendas may be requested by fax or e-mail from the Clerk of the Board, (928) 679-7144.
BOS Member Biographies
Carl Taylor, District 1 Supervisor
Carl Taylor is serving his second 4-year term as Coconino County Supervisor for District 1, which extends from Flagstaff to the Utah border and to the Mohave County line. He began his public service with four years on the Coconino County Planning and Zoning Commission, which he also chaired. Carl ran for Supervisor on a platform of working to create a "green" and sustainable economic future; one that is appropriate to the beautiful place where we live. Economic Development has been his principle area of focus while in office, including:
- Helping to form (and chair) the Canyon Region Economic Development Alliance (CREDA) involving Mohave, Coconino and Kane County (UT);
- Helping to form (and chair) the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI). The latter is a regional organization with a mission to evaluate and help create a sustainable economic future for the northern Arizona Region. Within SEDI he has focused on the creation of industrial workforce training capacity to support such growth.
- Carl also was involved in, and serves on the Executive Committe of ECoNA (the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona). He is a long-time member of the Economic Development Commission of NACOG (the Northern Arizona Council of Governments).
Carl has been appointment by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to the Arizona BLM RAC (Resource Advisory Committee). He was also appointed by the Governor to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC).
Supervisor Taylor has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Flagstaff Cultural Partners, Flagstaff Master Chorale, and the Diablo Trust. He has a special passion for the Flagstaff Symphony, where he served on the Board of Directors including two years as President. He is also on the Advisory Board of the College of Arts & Letters at Northern Arizona University. Past board activities include the United Way and the Advisory Board of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University. His was Regional Coordinator of the Arizona Site Steward program.
Mr. Taylor has served as chair of various committees for his church, including Finance, Nominating and Long Range Planning. He and his wife Holly were co-chairs for Fund-Raising. He and Holly have also provided project management assistance to the Museum of Northern AZ, The Northland Family Help Center, and the Northland Preparatory Academy.
Carl was born in Bisbee, Arizona and raised in Cedar City, Utah. He graduated high school in 1959 from the Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and in 1966 obtained a 5-year degree in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Carl's other interests include photography, archeology and history. He sings with the Flagstaff Master Chorale. He and Holly have five children and six grandchildren between them. Most are located in Georgia and Missouri.
Liz Archuleta, District 2 Supervisor
Elizabeth "Liz" Archuleta serves the public as the District 2 representative on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors. She is currently the Chairman of the Board and was the Chairman in 2000, 2002 and 2005. Liz is honored to serve the residents of District 2 and to be the first Hispanic female elected to office in the history of Coconino County. Liz is a native of Flagstaff and life-long resident. Four generations of her family have lived and contributed to Flagstaff. Liz attended public schools in the Flagstaff Unified School District and is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and enjoys being able to speak, read, and write both languages.
Citizen participation in government and community-building is a priority for Liz. She promotes volunteerism among youth and residents. She hosts and organizes several community meetings and outreach programs, initiates area-planning efforts, and has secured grant funds to enhance neighborhoods. Liz has been responsible for writing grants in excess of one million dollars that go directly back to her County constituents.
Liz is a “hands on” County Supervisor. She is very involved in the community and believes in giving back to the community. Liz provides resources and volunteers to help with neighborhood clean-ups, the development of community gardens and the development of neighborhood associations and resident leadership. Liz is also dedicated to providing leadership opportunities for young adults. She funds and supports two summer teen work programs that provide employment for 14 and 15 year olds. Liz is also the founder of the Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program, a higher education outreach program for 8th grade girls and their moms.
Supervisor Archuleta promotes family time by hosting several free “Family Nights” and weekends where kids and families have the opportunity to do arts, crafts, and recreational activities together. She supports and provides funding to nonprofit organizations that promote youth development community building, education, arts and culture.
Liz has served as the Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Northern Arizona and led the 2002 United Way campaign. Through her leadership, United Way raised over $1,000,000 for health and human services in Coconino County and Northern Arizona.
Liz received the 2002 Athena Award recognizing her achievements as the most outstanding woman in Flagstaff. She was also awarded the Martin Luther King Award for her positive impact on the community as a leader in both 2004 and 2006. Liz has also been recognized for her leadership in the state and was awarded the Valle del Sol Exemplary Leadership Award in the fall of 2004.
Liz serves on numerous boards, not only as a liaison to the Board of Supervisors, but as a committed community member. Some of those commitments include: President of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona, Vice-Chair of the National Association of Counties Public Lands Gateway Committee, Chair of the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council, Vice-Chair of Northern Arizona Regional Transit Authority (NAIPTA), Weed & Seed Steering Committee Member, Ex-Officio Member of the Sunnyside, Southside, and Plaza Vieja Neighborhood Associations, and United Way of Northern Arizona.
Matt Ryan, District 3 Supervisor
Matt Ryan was born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania in 1957. He is the fifth of ten children. Mr. Ryan moved to Flagstaff in 1982, and currently resides in the unincorporated community of Mountain Dell. He actively served in the United States Marine Corps from 1975 to 1978. In 1986 Mr. Ryan received a Bachelors of Science and Secondary Teaching Certification from Northern Arizona University.
Matt is currently serving his fourth term as District 3 Supervisor and served as Chair of the Board of Supervisors in 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2009. He has has previously worked for a bio-technology corporation, with the Flagstaff Arboretum in an educational capacity, and as a free-lance writer. He also started a small business making recreation map trails.
Matt's current Supervisor activities include serving on the National Association of Counties' Transportation Steering Committee, previously serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties, Chairman of the Rural Transporation Advocacy Council, also served as Vice chairman. Membership with the County Supervisor's Association as a member of the the Medium County Caucus. Previously served as President, Past President, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice President and was a member of the Executive Board from 2003 to 2008. Membership on the Northern Arizona Council of Governments Regional Council's Transportation Committee and previously served on the Executive Board. He has previously served as Past Chairman, Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer.
He also serves on or is a member of the Framework Policy Committee for "Building a Quality Arizona", the statewide transportation framework planning process, Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA), the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization, currently serving as Vice Chairman and has served as Chairman and Treasurer. Williams and Sedona-Oak Creek Chambers of Commerce, State Highway 179 Executive Committee, Camp Navajo Industrial Park Advisory Group, Northern Arizona University's Centennial Forest Advisory Committee, the Coconino Community College Small Business Development Center, Rural Communities Fuels Management Partnership, Wildland Fire Advisory Committee, Oak Creek Task Force, and the Coconino County Board of Health.
Matt has also has recently served on, the Greater Flagstaff Forest Partnership, Cocopai Research, Conservation and Development Council, and the Coconino County Council on Aging Committee, Sedona Road Runner Transit System Planning Advisory, Flagstaff Criminal Justice System Coordinating Council and the Flagstaff Alliance Policy Board.
Matt enjoys working with people and considers wise land planning and resource protection as one of his highest priorities. Some of his other areas of priority and focus as well as accomplishments include:
County Capital Building Program and Capital Improvement Planning – Resolving 30 years of need
Capital Repair and Replacement Plan to protect these facilities
Bringing technology into the County, including GIS and an updated website
Court System-Supporting Coconino County Justice 2020 and 2025 Plans
- Established Criminal Justice System Coordinating Committee
- New facilities
- Created Legal Defender's position
- Drug Court
- Adult Dispute and Resolution
Land Planning – New Plans
- Coconino County Comprehensive Plan
- Kachina Area Plan
- Parks Area Plan
- Flagstaff Regional Plan
- Doney Park Area Plan
- Diablo Canyon Rural Area Plans
Initiated the County Parks and Open Space Tax to fund parks improvement and open space conservation
- Fort Tuthill improvements including the building of the new amphitheater
- Creation and expansion of Peaks View Park
- Pumphouse Wash
- Open space acquisitions
- FMPO – Flagstaff Regional Transportation Plan
- Expanded bus service
- Creation of new Sedona Road Runner Transit System
- Created pedestrian plan in the unincorporated areas of the County
Community Wildfire Protection Plans
Greater Flagstaff Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Community Wildfire Protection Plan for At Risk Communities of the Sitgreaves National
Forest in Apache, Coconino and Navajo Counties
- Greater Williams Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan
- Working on Blue Ridge Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Mandy Metzger - District 4 Supervisor
Lena Fowler - District 5 Supervisor
Lena Fowler was born in Tuba City and has lived there for the last 25 years. She was raised traditionally in Tonalea, herded sheep as a child, attended BIA boarding schools and then Flagstaff High School, and is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., with a bachelors degree in Community Development & Public Affairs.
She has completed graduate work toward her doctorate through the Fielding Graduate University of Santa Barbara, Calif. Her research, titled Blessing The Medicineman: Seeking Solutions to Encroaching Diabetes Among Traditional Navajo People, consisted of assisting 10 traditional Navajo healers to learn about the causes, treatment and prevention of diabetes from both the Western medical and traditional Navajo perspectives.
Prior to graduate school, Lena was director of the Office of Continuing Education at Diné College in Tuba City for 10 years. In that capacity, she created and developed accredited seminars, conferences and tours on subjects ranging from law, education, health, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and Navajo traditional teachings.
Lena is married to George Hardeen, communications director in the Navajo Nation Office of the President & Vice President. She and George have three children; Raelene, Christopher and Shonie.
Lena's community service and volunteer work began in 1980 as a founding member of Tuba City Concerned Citizens with former Supervisor Louise Yellowman. The group began the first coordination of the cleanup of the former Rare Metals Uranium Mill Tailings Site five miles north of Tuba City. She then served as a deputy registrar for the Navajo Nation and Coconino County. She was recognized twice for registering the most voters in Coconino County.
In 2006, she was appointed to the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission and served as its vice chairwoman until last year. She stepped down to assume her duties on the Board of Supervisors. She was a member of the Commission's negotiation and legislative teams, lobbied Congress, and worked with water rights attorneys, technical staff and consultants to establish Navajo Nation water rights in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. She also served as the Navajo Nation's representative to the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council. Also that year, she put her organizational skills to work as campaign manager for Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., in his successful bid to become the first Navajo president re-elected in 28 years.
In 2007, Lena was appointed to the Navajo Nation Motor Vehicle Authority Board of Directors and served as its chairwoman until she stepped down to assume her duties on the Board of Supervisors.
From 2001 to 2005, Lena was a founding member and vice president of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Board of Directors. In that capacity, she participated in negotiation sessions with the Indian Health Service which resulted in TCRHCC receiving the second-largest IHS health care contract in the country.
From 2002 to 2005, Lena served as president of the Association for Indian Self-Determination in Healthcare. In that capacity, she organized all of the 638 health care contractors on the Navajo Nation, worked cooperatively to solve issues of common interest, and coordinated successful lobbying efforts to the Navajo Nation and Congress.
From 1990 to 2003, Lena was a founding member and board president of the non-profit Tuba City Cultural Projects, Inc., which obtained grants to restore the historic 1916 Krenz-Kerley Trading Post after it was gutted by fire. TCCC had the site registered as a historic building through the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, hired a historic building architect and construction contractors to restore the building, and, in 2001, signed an agreement with Coconino County to have the building established as a community library using library tax funds. Since then, the former trading post has served thousands of residents and students as the Tuba City Regional Library, the first community library on the Navajo Nation.
Although always a Democrat, from 1990 to 1996 Lena was a northern Arizona-based staff assistant to U.S. Sen. John McCain while he was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. In college, she was Sen. McCain's first Native American college intern.
During college in 1988, she became the only student intern to her political mentor, the late Dr. Annie Dodge Wauneka. During that time, she lived in Klagetoh with Dr. Wauneka, traveled with her throughout the Navajo Nation, scheduled her appointments and served as her personal secretary.
From 1998 to 1999, Lena was a member of the Coconino County Jail Task Force under the County Sheriff's Office. She worked with county staff to develop plans and conduct a county feasibility study for the current jail facility, which opened in 2000.
From 1997 to 2000, she was a co-founder and board president of the Tuba City/Mungapi Family Wellness Center, Inc. From 1996 to 2002, she was an advisory board member for Norwest Bank, which became Wells Fargo. There she worked with the Tuba City bank branch manager to educate the community about banking services, and coordinated activities with other bank branches on the Navajo Nation.
From 1990 to 1996, Lena served as president and vice president of Navajo United Way, Inc. In that position, she coordinated with United Way organizations in Flagstaff, Page, Farmington, Gallup and the national office, worked with staff to develop a successful strategic plan for its annual fundraising campaign, solicited contributors from businesses and individuals on the Navajo Nation, and allocated funds to various non-profit organizations.
In 1989, she organized the volunteer "Trash Busters Community Cleanup" which coordinated the first community-wide cleanup in Tuba City which mobilized local chapters, businesses, IHS, the county, state and the Arizona National Guard. The project received awards from Page Attacks Trash, the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Interior Dept., and was recognized in the Congressional Record.
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