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Deputy City Manager Jerene Watson
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Jerene Watson, an ICMA credentialed city manager, began working for Flagstaff as a Deputy City Manager in July 2011, following service as town manager in the Tucson suburb of Oro Valley.  Other municipal service has included work in the Arizona cities of Goodyear and Phoenix and the city of Omaha, Nebraska.  Prior to Omaha, Jerene worked at the US Senate in Washington, DC for the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, held administrative positions with three state universities in the Midwest, South and East Coast, an international graduate school outside of Zurich, Switzerland, a re-insurance company in Phoenix and Coca-Cola USA.  She received an MPA from Old Dominion University, a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and is an alum of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Sr. Executives in State & Local Government program.

Currently her executive leadership responsibilities include management of the state legislative agenda for the City and operational oversight of the City Clerk’s Office; Community Development (Affordable Housing & Housing Authority, Building Safety,  Engineering, and Planning & Zoning); Economic Vitality (business retention & expansion, Airport operations and Convention & Visitors Bureau); Community Enrichment (Recreation and Library services); Real Estate management; and Public Works (Cemetery, Fleet and Environmental services, Landfill operations, Streets, and Parks).   Her passions include time with her family and service to others in volunteer, non-profit and faith-based initiatives in communities she has lived in around the country.