Nelson Promoted To County Manager

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Former financial director and Gila County Deputy Administrator John Nelson has been promoted to county manager.

Steven Besich recently resigned the position to become Governor Napolitano's liaison to greater Arizona.

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John Nelson

"Steve and I worked closely over the last seven years and we assembled a great team that I'll be keeping on board," Nelson said.

Nelson said his primary focus will be resolving financial problems.

"We want to balance the budget without an increase in the tax rate," he said.

Dave Patterson is the new financial director and Jacque Griffin the new deputy administrator.

"John has big shoes to fill but I think he is up to the task," Supervisor Ron Christensen said. "I am pleased that he is willing to accept the responsibility of county manager."

Nelson said other areas he will focus on are rising health insurance costs, the forest health, and water issues.

"We've got a forest that's dying and if the drought continues we'll have severe water problems," he said.

"It's going to be a challenge, but one I'm looking forward to," Nelson said.

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