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Deputy Fire Chief Brian Sturdivant

Deputy Fire Chief Brian Sturdivant to lead department at year's end

PETERSBURG - The City announced Thursday the man who will temporarily replace the retiring fire chief at the end of the year.

Petersburg's Interim City Manager Tom Tyrrell announced the hiring of Deputy Fire Chief Brian E. Sturdivant as the Interim Fire Chief upon the retirement of Chief T.C. Hairston effective December 31.

Sturdivant has been with the Petersburg Fire Department since 2014.

"I am committed to increasing internal and external customer service with a focus on efficient emergency services delivery," said Sturdivant. "I enjoy being an advocate for my department and a problem solver."

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Leon Wilmot

Meet the candidate - Yuma County Sheriff

Name: Leon N. Wilmot
Age: 53
Office running for: Sheriff
Family: Wife Ruth
Political Party: Republican

Education: I graduated from Royal High School in Simi Valley, California in 1981 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1982. My law enforcement education started with the Limited Reserve Officer’s Basic Course from September 1 to December 15, 1985 and the Basic Peace Officer Course from January 9, to May 11, 1986, both of which I attended at Arizona Western College. My law enforcement education includes graduating from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in 1994; the FBI National Academy in 2000; the Drug Enforcement Administration Supervisor’s Course in 2005; and the National Sheriffs' Institute 106th Session, Executive Level Management Education and Training in 2014. I have also attained the Professional Development designation through the Federal Emergency Management Agency by taking leadership classes in Emergency Management. In addition, I am a graduate of the Arizona State University receiving my certification as a Certified Public Manager.

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Darcie McCracken

The Arizona Municipal Clerks Association Executive Board announced Darcie McCracken was selected as the first recipient of the Arizona Municipal Clerks’ Deputy Clerk of the Year Award.
“It means a lot because it was the entire state and it is the 55th anniversary of the AMCA,” McCracken said. “It means that people who have seen me go through all the training, that they respect me and I actually had a couple of fellow clerks come up and say that I was who they aspire to be.”

She was nominated anonymously, so McCracken does not know who submitted the nomination, but she was surprised when she was told of her award.

“It was completely anonymously and I was beyond surprised, when they said I had won,” McCracken said. “When people within the organization heard they were awarding this for the first time, my fellow clerks said they felt I was the person that should have won, so that was amazing and an honor.”

The honor was awarded July 26 at the AMCA’s annual conference in Fountain Hills.

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Police Chief Charles E. Austin

The community of Douglas was stunned Wednesday morning when word that retired Douglas Police Chief Charles E.Austin had passed away Tuesday night following a battle with cancer.

During his years of service as a Police Officer to the people of Douglas and surrounding areas, Retired Chief Austin participated in many other activities and was also an instructor at Cochise College. Retired Chief Austin obtained his Associate of Art Degree from Cochise College in 1975; he received his Certificate as a Certified Public Manager from Arizona State University in 1990, Bachelor of Arts in Management from the University of Phoenix in 1995 and his Master of Art Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in 2003.

He attended many organizations and received numerous awards throughout his career, to include a life time membership with the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, Life time member with the International Association of Chief of Police, FBI National Academy Associate and an Arizona Association of Chief of Police.

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Jennifer Campbell

City Manager Karen Brust has appointed Jennifer Campbell to the role, effective July 5, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the city.

Campbell comes to Encinitas with over 18 years of experience in municipal government, most of which has been in the field of parks and recreation.

For the past two-plus years, she has been serving as the assistant city manager for the city of Glendale, Arizona, providing leadership overseeing development services, public works and the city's water department.

"Ms. Campbell brings a wealth of experience with a focus on customer service," said Encinitas City Manager Karen Brust. "Her warm and approachable communication style will foster a supportive and customer serving environment for the community to enjoy."

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Larry Dobrosky

St. Charles, Missouri, mayor Sally A. Faith recently named Larry Dobrosky to serve as the city's director of administration, according to a press release.

“I am delighted Larry has joined our staff,” Faith said. “His previous experience with the city of El Mirage, Arizona, makes him a great addition to our city. He brings a wealth of experience. Given his background in public works and the many current and near future infrastructure projects planned within the city, this will be an excellent opportunity to showcase his skillset.”

Mary Ann Ohms, Ward 1 council member and City Council president, echoed Faith’s sentiments.

“Larry will be an incredible asset to the city of Saint Charles,” Ohms said. “We’re looking forward to putting his skills and expertise to good work here in St. Charles.”

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