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Will Wright, Manager, Town of Tusayan

Where are you originally from?
I'm from Memphis, Tennessee by way of Utah, while attending Brigham Young University, which brought me west.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I studied political science with emphasis in policy analysis in my undergraduate studies. A professor helped steer me into public administration where I decided local government would be a good area to apply these studies. However, there are plenty of additional lessons that school can't adequately impart which I've learned along the way and find that I continue to learn on this journey.

What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy working in areas that touch the lives of people on an almost daily basis through the community services offered by a city/town. Being able to make a positive difference in the lives of people by resolving issues and seeing tangible improvements in a community give me great satisfaction.

What areas of local government interest you the most?
I enjoy most of the service areas provided the people by a city or town, especially those that people utilize so often that they tend to take them for granted until something needs attention, like streets, sidewalks, various utilities, and parks.

As a local government professional, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
My involvement with improving parks and other recreation amenities has been enjoyable as well as making improvements to public infrastructure/utilities so people have the conveniences and services they've come to expect from their government.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
My dad taught me that wherever you are and whatever you're doing you can make everything a little better by being positive and doing your best. This has been my focus throughout my career.
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