On Tuesday, the Gila County Board of Supervisors appointed seven people to the planning and zoning commission. The new appointees will complete the terms vacated in a recent mass resignation.
Named to represent District 1 on the commission: Ron Christensen, who will fill Walter Smith's term through Dec. 31, 2008; Don Ascoli, who will fill Jerry Jerrel's seat through Dec. 31, 2008; and Mark Fumusa, who will complete Andy Oohm's term, which expires Dec. 31, 2006.
Lori Brown was appointed to complete the term vacated by Mitch Malkovich of District 2. That term expires Dec. 31, 2006.
Representing District 3 will be: John Larimore for Gene Hazen's term, expiring Dec. 31, 2006; Jay Spehar for Frank Jimenez, whose term also expires at the end of the year; and Renee Zeising will step in for Chris Benjamin, with the term expiring Dec. 31, 2007.
County Manager Steve Besich said the newly appointed commission members will have an orientation meeting June 15.
Christensen served as District 1 supervisor for 16 years before choosing not to run in 2004. He was succeeded by Tommie Martin, who won his endorsement early in the election season.
Ascoli is a salesman for Bronco Homes. He has owned property in the Rim Country since 1978, and a home in Verde Glen since 1984. He became a full-time resident of the community two years ago. He made his home in the Ahwatukee area and served on the Ahwatukee Foothills Village planning committee from 1994 to 2003.
Also new to the county's community development office is Bob Gould, former director of the Payson Community Development Office. He is now the assistant development director and chief planner for the county. Gould was in town government for 17 years, most of those as community development director