David Roehrig first experienced Payson from the cockpit of a Chaparral Pines golf cart — now he works in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department as the new event planner.
“He’s great,” said Cameron Davis, the director.
Davis found Roehrig after an exhaustive round of interviews to replace longtime event planner Deb Rose. The position has allowed Roehrig and his young family the chance to escape the heat, hustle and bustle of Phoenix where Roehrig had taken a golf pro job with the We-Ko-Pa golf course.
“I was working crazy hours — nights and weekends,” said Roehrig. “[Payson has a] more comfortable feeling. You get to know people better here than in Phoenix.”
Roehrig said everyone has been really helpful, while he gets his feet wet in the new job.
Roehrig grew up in the Midwest, a place known for its hospitality and friendliness, so falling into the groove in Payson has proved easy and comfortable.
He found his way to Payson after receiving a degree in Recreation Management from the University of Wisconsin at La Cross.
His love of golf and desire to work outside made working on a golf course a natural.
One summer, a golf pro he worked with at school set him up with a gig at the Chaparral Pines golf course.
“It was a really good opportunity,” said Roehrig. “I got to use my degree.”
Not only did the job offer him a chance to work in his chosen career, but Roehrig also met his wife.
The two even got married in the Chaparral Pines clubhouse.
Payson already has great memories for Roehrig, but he looks forward to making many more, especially now that he has two young daughters.
Davis has eased him into the job, said Roehrig.
Roehrig helped with the Fiesta Bowl Parade float and with the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, but mostly he plans on spending the winter months understanding how to run the slew of summer events the town hosts.
“Starting in April is when we get big things going,” said Roehrig.
Already he’s working with Mary McMullen and John Wakelin on a fund-raising event for Gila Community College to bring the Harlem Globetrotter Ambassador basketball troupe to town. All money raised will fund scholarships.
After that, the next event is the fishing festival, then the car show, then the summer concert series, the Mountain High Games and the holiday events follow. It’s a never ending stream of activities.
“I have a lot of planning to do until then,” said Roehrig.
For more information, please call the Town of Payson’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.