Member Profile: Julie Ayers
County Administrator
Yavapai County


Where are you originally from?
I was raised in upstate New York and moved to Arizona during high school. After leaving the Phoenix area to raise the family in a less urban setting, we took a 2 year detour in Telluride, Colorado, but have found our home in Prescott.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I received a degree from ASU in Business with a Human Resources emphasis. I started my career in HR in the hospitality industry and eight years ago transitioned to government as Yavapai County's HR Director. I very quickly realized that local government service is an ideal venue to add value and make a difference in my community.

What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy the variety of issues I encounter as County Administrator, and the interaction with the elected officials, staff and citizens of the County.

What areas of local government interest you the most?
Having only transitioned to this position six months ago, I am still in a learning curve, finding interest in all aspects of county government. I do have particular interest in budgeting and finance, and serving our shareholders with efficient and effective service and long-term planning.

As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
As Yavapai County's Human Resources Director I accomplished many projects that I am proud of, such as pay-for-performance compensation and paid time off programs; however I am most proud of the relationships that have been fostered.

What are your hobbies?
Due to the fact my husband and I have three school-aged children (Kristen, 15, and twin boys Tyler & Justin, 10) our free time is full with homework, sports and, of course, chauffeur service.
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