Member Profile: Gayle L. Mabery
Town Manager, Town of Clarkdale

Where are you originally from?
I was actually born and raised right here in Clarkdale, Arizona and am a lifelong Arizonan. During my years as Town Manager in Clarkdale (8+), I've had the opportunity to visit with a number of colleagues, in Arizona and in other States and countries, who have also had the good fortune of managing in their hometowns. We all seem to be in consensus that, just like any other city/county management position, although there can be unique challenges; the positives far outweigh any negatives!

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
Public service runs deep in my family. Both my parents retired from teaching, and years ago my father served on the volunteer Fire Department, on several Town Boards and Commissions, and on the Town Council. Although I pursued a degree in Business Administration, I was fortunate enough to do an internship with Clarkdale through NAU's College of Business. The work that I did through the internship was extremely varied. It was also obvious that a career in local government would provide great ability to make a difference in the lives of the citizens you serve. Both of those things were fulfilling to me. Upon completion of the internship, my career objective shifted course from business administration to the "business" of public service.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the challenge of working in an environment where variety and challenges are ever present and where I get the opportunity to provide service to others. In addition, and by far the most enjoyable part of my job, is interacting one-on-one with the citizens of our Town. I always find an opportunity to learn through those discussions and they often offer me a perspective on issues that may not already be at the table.
What areas of local government interest you the most?
No matter what particular area I am working on, I find that work the most interesting when I can connect what I am doing today with the impacts that it will have on the future of my community.
As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
The Town of Clarkdale and the City of Cottonwood recently partnered on a project to acquire a private water company that served customers in both our communities. The project took about six years, it demanded intense cooperation and trust between the two communities, and survived with strong political and administrative leadership through multiple election cycles in both communities. We had a 5-member team that represented our two communities throughout the negotiation and acquisition process (including Cottonwood's City Manager, their Assistant to the Manager and I) and we were able to complete the purchase in January 2006. The long-term benefits of public ownership of the water system in Clarkdale will be a legacy that I am very proud to have been associated with.
What are your hobbies?
I grew up camping through the summer on the Dolores River in southwest Colorado, and have loved to camp ever since. My husband and I take our kids in our 5th Wheel as often as possible. I also love running, playing volleyball, reading, and traveling.
Arizona City/County Management Association
1820 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 258-5786
Fax: (602) 253-3874