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Member Profile: Nicole Dailey

Assistant to the City Manager
City of Maricopa


Photo courtesy of Shelley Gillespie/The Communicator

Where are you originally from?
Lake Havasu City, AZ (born and raised)

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I come from a family of educators who have always been passionate about serving the community. I originally intended to pursue a career in law, but I was drawn to the challenges and direct service aspect of local government. I had some mentors very early on who strongly encouraged me (Mike Hutchinson & Marty Vanacour) in this direction, and I haven't looked back since!

What do you like most about your job?
The challenge! (At least that's what I say on the good days.) I love that every day is something new and that every project has a meaningful impact at the local level. My favorite duty is working with difficult groups - I enjoy spending the time getting to know the concerns and addressing issues to improve the relationship between local government and residents or business groups.

What areas of local government interest you the most?
Citizen participation and internal efficiency/effectiveness. I love working with the public and facilitating input on local issues and Council initiatives. I am also very interested in the internal examination of operations to identify areas for improved efficiency and enhanced effectiveness in process, procedures, and service delivery. In terms of departments or specific areas of governance, I'm definitely a generalist at heart!

As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my recent involvement with the Sustainable Cities Network. This group of cities, agencies and tribal communities in the Phoenix metro area is working together with Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability to promote sustainable local government practices. I've worked with the founding members to get the network up and running and I co-chair the Best Municipal Practices sub-group. We are committed to cataloguing and disseminating information on the best practices for implementing sustainable practices at the local government level so that communities in our area can become more financially, socially, and environmentally responsible.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
The best piece of advice I've received comes from my Dad. He always told us to work hard and do our best so that we could respect ourselves, keeping in mind that, "You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out." It always helps me keep perspective on life and work.
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