Courtney Spawn with Governor's Award

Courtney Spawn (center holding award) and the Axis Culture team along with Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department and Payson Economic Development staff celebrate receiving the 2021 Governor’s Tourism Award for Best Rural Marketing Campaign. The award recognized the website, print, advertising and social media of the Adventure Where We Live campaign.

After nearly eight years with Payson’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, Courtney Spawn has resigned as of Aug. 27.

Her last day will be Sept. 15.

“I have genuinely enjoyed working for the Town of Payson, working along Town of Payson staff and leadership, and the community,” she said.

Spawn will move back to the Midwest and will continue working in the parks and recreation industry.

Spawn came to Payson after receiving her master’s in sports administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She grew up in Mesquite, Nev. and had a family in Rim Country; a great-aunt owned a cabin in Strawberry.

Spawn started as coordinator of athletics under former Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Cameron Davis.

After Davis left to launch a business, Spawn was tapped for the director’s position in 2018.

Her tenure as director has seen management turmoil with a turnover in town managers. Elections brought in council members with very different agendas.

High-profile projects, such as the splash pad and Taylor Pool, have come across her desk.

Most recently, she weathered the storm of negativity about the town’s exploration of a partnership with the MHA Foundation on the Granite Dells Park and community center complex.

But Spawn has achieved great things.

She coordinated an award-winning marketing campaign with a local marketing company, Axis Culture, to draw tourists to the area. As a result, the Adventure Where We Live campaign received the 2021 Governor’s Tourism Award for Best Rural Marketing Campaign in August.

Last month, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association awarded Payson their Rodeo of the Year award. This was Payson’s first year of hosting that event in March. Spawn oversees the Payson Event Center and its management.

Spawn says Payson will always have a place in her heart.

“I am grateful for the relationships that I have developed from my 7.5 years here in Payson, as they will continue beyond my employment and time in Payson,” she said.

Contact the reporter at mnelson@payson.com

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(4) comments

Jeff Robbins

You have selective memory Dave. Did you forget that you said : Courtney get's paid too much and you offered to do her job for minimum wage? She was not qualified to mow a lawn? She made a bad decision about the Taylor pool? She doesn't maintain things properly? And the hundred other insults to her ability and integrity?

Dave Golembewski

I was surprised to read an email that Courtney had accepted another job offer out of town . At several board meetings I have complimented her on her excellent work on all the baseball tournaments and events she ran . I also recently thanked her for acquiring the splash pad grant . I had worked at the parks years ago and she was always nice to everyone. I wish her the best of luck on her new job venture.

Dave Golembewski

I’ve complimented Courtney many many times in meetings how well she is appreciated on organizing events and softball 🥎 tournaments. Also recently thanked her for getting the splashpad grant secured. My disagreement was with how the pool was closed without expert evaluations because I know the kids need a pool and wanted it open till another can be built . My disagreements were also with the town manager council and parks manager on the pool issue not just with the parks Director. My issues and complaints went out to all involved. We should be able to represent the families and kids in town that wanted the pool open . Ive thanked Courtney for all her hard work and I’ve even worked with her and wish her the best of luck .

Jeff Robbins

When the Payson Town Council takes the side of a commission member who continually criticizes your performance why continue? When our elected town officials don't defend their own staff I'm sure many more will follow. Courtney will be sorely missed she did a great job. Best of luck in your future endeavors. Hope you find a Town to work for that appreciates your efforts and defends you from unwarranted and odd public criticisms.

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