Shirley Dye

Shirley Dye

Shirley Dye

Age: Retired

Years in Payson: 13

Education: Associate of Arts and a semester at Cal State Long Beach, Calif. plus an Associate of Science degree (certificate in drug and alcohol counseling)

Work experience: Southern California Gas Company, Pasadena Calif., cashier and collections department.

Jafra Cosmetics International, direct sales cosmetics in California and Payson.

Glendale Community College Bookstore, Glendale Calif., inventory, sales, and student counseling.

DeVries Diversified and Gopher Construction, sewage disposal systems and sewer installations for Los Angeles area and surrounding cities and unincorporated areas. Key customer liaison and permit coordinator; payables, receivables, and payroll.

Served on the Payson Town Transportation Advisory Board from 2008-2010.

Board member: Northern Gila County Sanitary District, elected 2012 and 2016 to present.

Board member: Payson Unified School District, elected 2012 and 2016 to May 2017.

Member: Payson Firewise Committee.

Director of the AWANA Children’s Program at Ponderosa Bible Church during three school terms, 2009-2011

Family: 1975 married with blended family of four, ages 2, 4, 5, 8. We enjoyed camping, motorcycle riding in desert and mountains; served 10 years in Girl Scout and Boy Scout leadership. I was also active in elementary school site councils. Began my Jafra business when kids were young.

Are you part of any organizations/groups? Active in Ponderosa Bible Church, Payson Tea Party, Rim Country Republican Club, Gila County Republican Party, Rim Country Chamber of Commerce.

Why are you running? I hope to be a fresh voice in the midst of very polarizing council issues. I think my varied experience in work, politics, recreation and board service would be valuable to the council.

What do you hope to accomplish? First, I want to revive the Payson Leadership Academy classes so folks who are considering serving on boards or running for office have a well-rounded knowledge of town departments and their issues. I think folks who just run on a single issue or two will have a lot to learn if they are elected. Then, I hope to bring fiscal responsibility by revamping the inflated budget, paring it down to increase police and fire salaries without increasing taxes. I hope to help new and existing business capture tourist dollars instead of watching them pass through town. Increase youth opportunities by promoting more tournaments plus opportunities for those kids not so inclined toward sports. Work with legislators and the feds to get more land for Payson and thin the forests of the Blue Ridge Reservoir watershed. I hope to bring a community center and pool to Payson even if Community Center Partners and hockey rinks are not a part of the picture.

What convinced you to run? I now have the time and desire to run and serve the community. I am not running as a team with anyone else, but look forward to working with a highly competent council to elevate Payson to a more prosperous community for businesses, retirees, families, young people and tourists.

What makes you the best candidate? Having served on both the sanitary district board and Payson Unified School District board, I feel I have a good grasp of budget issues, open meeting law, studying and researching agenda items for each meeting, overseeing contracts and working with others. Over the years, I have been involved actively as a citizen with input on previous Main Street studies, the airport land exchange and master plan review, the university project and the Fox Farm proposal for the ammunition manufacturing plant. I have testified before an Arizona Senate committee to help get Gila Community College a pathway to full accreditation. I love to brainstorm new/alternate ideas.

What life experience do you have that will make you a better council member? In addition to that already mentioned, I have taken many counseling classes in order to counsel others (plus my certificate in drug and alcohol counseling). I strive to see all points of view to take the best of all perspectives to arrive at the most sensible solutions for Payson issues.

What is your biggest weakness? Strength? I have brought speakers on issues and candidates into Payson to educate the community most every week since 2009. I have gained so much knowledge over the years and know where to find the answers! My greatest weakness is spending too much time in the fine details instead of distilling them down to the basics.

Top 3 issues:

  • I would love to see a community center and pool, not too sure about the viability of ice hockey rinks. I do have concerns about some of the financial proposals the Community Center Partnership has suggested, but I have ideas of some different ways of getting a community center if the CCP validation process fails to convince us of its merits.
  • I would love to get the Leadership Academy up and running again and citizen task forces to study various town issues.
  • Helping businesses with more efficient, friendly services; and workforce housing (there are very few places to rent!)

Do you think the current council is doing a good job? I think that they have made some mistakes this past year and a half regarding Main Street parking, the one-cent sales tax proposal and the way the relationship with Community Center Partners was not visible so long before they started the citizen communication process. There is a lot of criticism of some of the town counselors and staff.

What is the best thing they have done? Brought up the possibility of a community center and pool again, I am all for that!

Worst thing? Back paid CCP funding from six months prior that was not authorized by the council members until later in the year.

What motto do you live by? “Do the footwork and leave the results in God’s hands” and, “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would be doing this!”

Contact the reporter at abechman@payson.com

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