City of Peoria
Deputy City Manager
Where are you originally from?
The prairies of Minnesota, which makes me perfectly suited for the deserts of Arizona.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
Local government presents challenges and opportunities that allow me to use my education and
experience. It also provides an opportunity to work on a larger scale, which I enjoy. Working
for a city allows me as a professional to use my unique perspectives and ideas as a catalyst
for change, particularly in the areas of sustainability, open space, transit oriented
development and other components essential to a community's quality of life.
What do you like most about your job?
I most enjoy seeing the results of our work in the community, and being able to help cities
grow and thrive. I also enjoy working with people and helping to develop policies to
move the community forward.
What areas of local government interest you the most?
I am especially interested in the physical changes we are able to make in our environment that
enhance the city and make it an enjoyable and desirable place to live. Working in teams involving
all city departments provides opportunity for creativity and synergy, and is most interesting.
As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
Getting my Ph.D. in Urban Studies in Portland, Oregon, while practicing my profession in California
was a big challenge. Transforming the Oregon planning and environmental model onto the California
land development model is one accomplishment I am proud of!
What was the last book you read? What is the best piece of advice you have been given? What are your hobbies?
The last book I have read is "Four Seasons in Rome" by Anthony Doeer, in hopes that my husband and I
can visit there soon. It was written by a prize winning author who appreciated the urban landscape.
The best advice I have received professionally is, "It's the little things that count." If you work
hard on those little problems, the large policy issues often fall into place. It is important to "be
in the moment" and to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our staff, policy leaders and the
community as a whole.
My hobbies include swimming, hiking, baking goodies and growing "green" plants. Most of all I love
to travel and find new spas in great locations - another great reason to live in Arizona!