“It just made sense.”
That’s how Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Cameron Davis’ explained his decision to promote Kaprice Bachtell to special events coordinator after David Roerhig stepped down to move closer to family in Wisconsin.
After six years at the Payson Event Center, Bachtell seemed the perfect choice.
“She’s put on so many special events at the event center,” the Parks and Rec director said. “And she’s also been instrumental in nearly every special event in Payson.”
Bachtell said, “I am very excited about it. I love what I do working with the community and bringing events into our community for our community’s benefit, as well as bringing in tourism.”
Bachtell graduated from Apache Junction High School before joining the Navy. She later attended Central Arizona College then Phoenix College, where she studied medicine and law. She worked in the medical field, family law and real estate before she and her family moved to Payson from Apache Junction nearly six years ago.
She married her high school sweetheart, Charles. The couple has four children — a daughter, Sherrie; and sons, Dylan, Kelton and Bryce; and one granddaughter, Kayleigh.
The town is not only getting Bachtell, but her entire family. “We love to support the community,” she said. “My kids and my husband help out with the events, as well. We absolutely love it here.”
The first event she’ll oversee is the Sprint Triathlon on May 24. That’s the one special event she didn’t help with in her previous role because of a schedule conflict.
“I hadn’t been involved with that because the event center had the Arizona High School Rodeo Finals the same weekend,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m going to the Sprint Triathlon in Scottsdale to get my feet wet and learn the basis of how the event runs.”
She said she’s looking forward to the challenges her new role presents.
“I’m real excited to begin a new chapter and continue working with the town and building our team and supporting our community and helping bring tourism into our community, as well,” she said.
She listed the Second Annual Mogollon Monster Mudder 5K on June 7 and the July 4th Celebration as two of the events to which she’s most looking forward.
Davis said he’s excited about what Bachtell will bring to her new position. “I’m expecting her to do great things with the other events we want to bring into our community. She’s extremely bright, talented and very hard working.”
He said Bachtell did a great job filling the event center’s calendar. “Starting in April and running through October there are now very few dates available,” he said. “We’re pretty well booked.”
Key events for her have included the Arizona High School Rodeo Finals, the Arizona Junior High Rodeo season opener, the United States Team Roping Championships and the Southwest Indian Rodeo Finals.
“The Arizona High School Rodeo Finals and the Arizona Junior High Rodeo season opener both bring 400-plus kids here for three or four days,” Davis said. “Those are monster events for our community.”
Bachtell can also assist the new event center coordinator get up to speed, Davis said.
The town is accepting applications through Thursday to fill the position of event center coordinator. Submit a resumé at the town’s Web site at www.paysonaz.gov.