Member Profile: James Jayne
County Manager
Navajo County


Where are you originally from?
I was born in Orange, CA. My family moved to Gilbert, AZ in July 1976. I prefer to join my wife and 4 children as a native, but can only claim "near native" status. We moved to Navajo County in August 1999.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I started my career in Public Service as an intern and staff member in the AZ House of Representatives. While working for the State, I quickly realized that I very much enjoyed and felt "called" to government at the local level, all while falling in love with Navajo County. I went back for my MPA at ASU while at the State and moved to Navajo County.

What do you like most about your job?
I was hired as the Navajo County Manager in September 2003 and have not been disappointed. I enjoy the fact that every day is different - a new learning experience - another opportunity to tackle a new challenge.

What areas of local government interest you the most?
The most fascinating aspect of my job thus far has been becoming more acquainted with the criminal justice system - courts, probation, prosecution, public defense, sheriff and jail. One fundamental that I try to live my life is that life is about relationships - being a manager - I deal with relationships on many levels every day.

As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
I would have to say the successful passage in Nov 06 of Prop 400 - a permanent adjustment in the county expenditure limitation. This change has done more to move the county forward and in the right direction than any other single accomplishment. This was accomplished with a very supportive Board and elected officials, employees and public.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
One of the best pieces of advice that I have ever received in my life I learned from a previous boss who told me that you can learn a great deal more by listening than by talking. Though I do not listen perfectly, I will attempt to be a better listener tomorrow that I was today - largely because I have so much more to learn.
Arizona City/County Management Association
1820 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 258-5786
Fax: (602) 253-3874
http://www.azmanagement.org
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