Mayors and Supervisors from Northern and Western Arizona Next Up to Share Infrastructure Needs

January 29, 2020


Contact: David Martin

Mayors and Supervisors from Northern and Western Arizona Next Up to Share Infrastructure Needs 

Phoenix – In their ongoing efforts to understand Arizona’s key infrastructure and maintenance needs, the House Transportation Committee will host elected leaders from throughout Northern and Western Arizona at the Arizona State Capitol this week. Mayors and Supervisors will speak at the committee hearing starting at 2pm on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in House Hearing Room 3 – the meeting can also be found online that day at: 

Mayors and elected officials from Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Kingman, Prescott, and Yuma will be joined by County Supervisors from Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai, and Yuma Counties. The elected officials will share details regarding local and regional transportation needs including issues such as funding, conditions, and maintenance. These briefings follow the testimony last week from elected officials and local leaders representing Southern and Eastern Arizona. Speakers include:

Mayor Charles German, Town of Camp Verde
Mayor Charles German was first elected mayor in March 2013 and Re-Elected in 2018. Married to Linda German, they have three adult children (Mark, Jeff, & Kari and her husband David). Mayor German has been a part of Camp Verde since 1951. He loves Camp Verde’s location, climate and people.

Mayor Tim Elinski, City of Cottonwood
Mayor Tim Elinski was born and raised in Arizona and spent his childhood along the banks of the East Verde River north of Payson. After spending time in the Pacific Northwest and Eastern Europe, Elinski moved to the Verde Valley and purchased his home in Old Town Cottonwood where he now lives with his wife Ruth Ellen. Elinski is a licensed contractor who specializes in historic restoration.

Vice-Mayor Travis Lingenfelter, City of Kingman 
Vice-Mayor Travis Lingenfelter received a Master of Public Administration from Norwich University, Northfield, VT, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. Mr. Lingenfelter currently operates a small business which manufactures and sells a technologically advanced vitamin C supplement called The Right C® in brick and mortar stores across the United States, as well as on,, and several online nutrition stores. His family also owns and operates six Alzheimer's, behavioral health, and skilled nursing healthcare facilities in Kingman and Bullhead City which collectively employ over 500 in the region.

Mayor Pro Tem, Billie Orr, City of Prescott
Dr. Billie Orr was elected to the Prescott City Council in November of 2015 and has served as Mayor Pro Tem since November of 2017. Mayor Pro Tem Orr has been an advocate for public education and public-school choice for decades. She taught at the Madison School District in Phoenix, Arizona and was the principal of Kiva School in Scottsdale. She later served as Vice President of Human Resources for Continental Bank in Phoenix and returned to her education career due to concerns about her own son’s public school.

Mayor Douglas Nicholls, City of Yuma
Mayor Douglas J. Nicholls is the 27th Mayor of the City of Yuma, Arizona. He began his second four-year term as Mayor in January 2018. Mayor Nicholls is committed to the Yuma community through his core belief that quality communities provide opportunities to success to all residents through quality jobs, superior education and robust quality of life. Mayor Nicholls spearheads many efforts to enhance and grow the Yuma community, including serving as the Founder and Chairman of 4FrontED’s Governing Board. The 4FrontED effort is an economic development-focused governing board of regional mayors from the region that includes states near the U.S.-Mexico border. Together, they work collaboratively to maximize impact at the global forefront, representing a population of more than one million people.

Apache County Supervisor Alton Joe Shepherd
Supervisor Alton Joe Shepherd has a professional background in Law Enforcement and has been in public services for 8 years as a Ganado Fire Board member and as a member of the 22nd and 23rd Navajo Nation Council. Since taking office on January 1, 2017, he has assembled a progressive executive team that understands the local, state, and federal governance to assist in his vision of “Better Roads, Better Communities”.

Coconino County Supervisor Matt Ryan
Supervisor Matt Ryan is currently serving his sixth term as District 3 Supervisor and served as Chair of the Board of Supervisors in 1999, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2014. District 3 includes the City of Williams, portions of the City of Flagstaff, part of the City of Sedona, as well as several unincorporated areas of southwestern Coconino County. Mr. Ryan moved to Flagstaff in 1982, and currently resides in the unincorporated community of Mountain Dell. He actively served in the United States Marine Corps from 1975 to 1978. In 1986, Mr. Ryan received a Bachelors of Science and Secondary Teaching Certification from Northern Arizona University. 

La Paz County Supervisor Duce Minor
Supervisor Minor previously served on the La Paz County Board of Supervisors from 1989 to 1992 and returned to the board in 2017. He represents District 2 which has a population of 6,863 and includes precincts Quartzsite Two, Upriver, Bouse, Vicksburg. Minor previously served eight years on the Parker Unified School District Governing Board of Supervisors.

Mohave County Supervisor Jean Bishop
Supervisor Jean Bishop has lived in Mohave County the majority of her life. She is familiar with the issues facing our county and the concerns of the voters. Her professional life has been spent serving the citizens of Mohave County in law enforcement for over 30 years. As a Patrol Sergeant and later elected Constable she developed a working knowledge of the area and knows how Mohave County government works. Now as Mohave County Supervisor of District 4, Supervisor Bishop will continue protecting the citizens and their tax dollars.

Navajo County Supervisor Dawnafe Whitesinger
Supervisor Dawnafe Whitesinger represents District V on the Navajo County Board of Supervisors. She is the first White Mountain Apache to serve on the Board of Supervisors and was the first woman to serve as Chair in 2015. As a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, she grew up on the Fort Apache Reservation and currently lives in the Pinetop-Lakeside area. Supervisor Whitesinger has a strong love of her community and has spent the majority of her life working in the field of education to better the lives of children and their families. Supervisor Whitesinger holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, and a Master of Arts in Curriculum Development from the University of Michigan. 

Navajo County Supervisor Daryl Seymore
Supervisor Daryl Seymore was appointed to the Board of Supervisors in December 2019 to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Steve Williams to the Court of Appeals. District IV is comprised of the communities of Show Low, Linden, Pinedale, Clay Springs, Heber-Overgaard and a portion of Pinetop-Lakeside. Supervisor Seymore currently serves as the Mayor of Show Low and has served in that capacity since 2012, running unopposed in 2016 for a second four-year term. He was first elected to the City Council in 2004.

Yavapai County Supervisor Craig Brown
Following an extensive career in the U.S. Army and law enforcement, Supervisor Brown left California in 2005 to purchase a home that reflected the rural lifestyle they grew up with and longed to return to. He is acting Chairman of the Board for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System and Corrections Officer Retirement Plan. He is a representative member for the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board; Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission and the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition. Craig was recently appointed to the Resource Advisory Committee by the Secretary of Agriculture.

Yuma County Supervisor Russell McCloud
Supervisor Russell McCloud was born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona and moved to Yuma with his parents, Dennis and Mary one year later. Russell graduated from Kofa High School and soon after went into the family business, Accurate Automotive Attention. He has managed the day-to-day operations for the last twenty years and during that time the business expanded to a total of three locations throughout the Yuma area. Russell has two sons, both work for the family business. In 1999, he attended Rapport Leadership International's leadership program and became a Master Graduate of that program in 2001. He graduated from Project CENTRL in 2003, a two-year rural leadership program administered by the U of A. He then graduated from Yuma Leadership in 2004. These experiences led him to a successful run for the Yuma County Board of Supervisors in 2004. He has since become a Fellow, Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy.


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