Lobbyist To Benefit Community College District


An open job posting has gone out for an executive assistant to the governing board of the Gila County Provisional Community College District.

The assistant's main responsibility will be to perform duties of a legislative liaison/lobbyist to the benefit of the GCPCCD.


Payson Campus Dean Harry Swanson, board member Larry Stephenson, Gordon Metcalf and board member Dick Wolfe look over the Gila County Provisional Community College District board of governor's meeting agenda.

"The one thing of interest that came out of this last board meeting (Oct. 13) was that this position would not be an Eastern Arizona College position, but would be responsible directly to the board," board member Dr. Larry Stephenson said. "It's something that is outside of the EAC contract and this would be a first in that we've now spread our wings just a little bit as a board and are looking for independent assistance, if you will."

The initial position compensation is $18,000 per year ($1,500 per month). The part-time position does not include benefits and is subject to renewal on a year-to-year basis.

Compensation will not come out of the EAC budget. It will come out of funds that the board controls directly, Stephenson said.

Bernadette Kniffin and Dick Wolfe will comprise the initial screening committee.

The job description was originally written as a three-fold position, combining secretarial and clerical duties with lobbying and needs assessment evaluation. Stephenson pointed out to the board that the position needed to focus on the lobbying aspect with the upcoming legislative session.

Colleges in rural Arizona getting a fair share from the state coffers is expected to be a continuing battle, according to former member of the board of governors Ron Christensen and District 5 Rep. Bill Konopnicki at a recent town hall meeting.

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