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Steven Turner, Management Assistant, Casa Grande

Where are you originally from?
Chandler, AZ

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
My grandfather was heavily involved in the community. From him I learned that the process of changing the world begins with creating and maintaining strong communities. In choosing my career path I decided that the best way to make a significant impact was to work for local governments and lead the process of creating a strong and stable community.

What do you like most about your job?
Beginning my career with the city of Casa Grande is the perfect situation for me. I am fortunate to have many great mentors to turn to on a daily basis to better my understanding on various topics. I also love the autonomy I have while working on projects. This has helped me learn at a quicker pace while meeting key players in the community. Finally, I love that every day is different. Being exposed to all the different aspects that make a community run is fascinating and is giving me a solid foundation to build upon as I progress throughout my career.

What areas of local government interest you the most?
I completed my undergrad at Brigham Young University in urban planning so I love the world of planning and zoning. I also enjoy the concept of business attraction and retention. Most importantly I love solving problems. While I may not be able to make everyone in the community happy with policies that are set, I can at least help them understand the reason behind it.

As a local government professional, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
I have been able to implement policies that provide our citizens with more options and gives advantages to our local business community. It is extremely satisfying to be a part of the solution that decreases our dependence on sales tax by bringing new revenue sources to the city.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
The following pieces of advice have helped keep me consistent and loyal. "Never let your highs be too high or your lows be too low."
"Stand for something you know is right even when it isn't popular to do so."
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