Julie Leonard, Economic Development Coordinator

Julie Leonard, Payson’s new Economic Development coordinator.

The Town of Payson has hired seven new employees.

Community Development filled many slots, including economic development coordinator, permit technician, and administrative assistant, according to the September town manager’s report.

Julie Leonard, Payson’s new economic development coordinator, comes from Pinal County where she worked for Central Arizona College. Leonard administered federal grants for the community college.

She and the partners of the regional Arizona Advanced Technology Corridor, which included Central Arizona College, Pima Community College and Maricopa Community College, worked to provide education and training opportunities for those seeking to change or move up in their career.

The AATC then partnered with the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity and employers to attract new businesses and alert employees to educational opportunities.

“Mrs. Leonard has a passion for creating partnerships that benefit the community and local business,” said the town manager’s report.

Jinjer Blanchette started as a permit technician in September. For her job, Blanchette will track the permit process through planning and building. Permit technicians also get permits and documentation for a project, while working with the review process, sales and management.

She has a long history in Rim Country, living here for 32 years, 17 of those in Strawberry.

She previously worked at the Payson Home Depot as a supervisor.

“She enjoys hobby-boating and flying,” said the town manager’s report.

LeeAnn Schwartzbauer comes to Payson from Scottsdale. She also started with Community Development in September as an administrative assistant.

Schwartzbauer has a wide-ranging resumé with jobs from an escrow coordinator to community coordinator to legal assistant/paralegal and closing coordinator.

The Public Works Department added an engineer in August.

Bill Clemans has worked both in the public and private sectors after receiving his degree in civil engineering from ASU.

He worked with both Pinal County in Arizona and the City of Clearlake in California. Then spent 24 years in the private sector working for civil engineering consultants.

Valden Aldrige started with Payson’s Water Department in September as a water resource manager.

Aldrige studied geoscience and received a master’s in geology from NAU.

He has worked as a project geologist, hydrologist II, and as a research assistant.

He comes from Texas, but has worked both in Flagstaff and Phoenix during his career.

Zachary Horsely started with the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department in September as a general maintenance worker.

Horsely has a background in home repairs and remodeling through his work at Home Depot.

He has worked in both Washington state and Arizona.

The Town of Payson announced in its September Town Manager’s Report seven new employees now work for various departments.

Community Development filled many slots, including Economic Development Coordinator, permit technician, and administrative assistant.

Julie Leonard, Payson’s new economic development coordinator, comes from Pinal County where she worked for Central Arizona College. Leonard administered federal grants for the community college.

She and the partners of the regional Arizona Advanced Technology Corridor, which included Central Arizona College, Pima Community College and Maricopa Community College, worked to provide education and training opportunities for those seeking to change or move up in their career.

The AATC then partnered with the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity and employers to attract new businesses and alert employees to educational opportunities.

“Mrs. Leonard has a passion for creating partnerships that benefit the community and local business,” said the town manager’s report.

Jinjer Blanchette started as a permit technician in September. For her job, Blanchette will track the permit process through planning and building. Permit technicians also obtain permits and documentation for a project, while working with the review process, sales and management.

She has a long history in Rim Country living here for 32 years, 17 of those in Strawberry.

She previously worked at the Payson Home Depot as a supervisor.

“She enjoys hobby-boating and flying,” said the town manager’s report.

LeeAnn Schwartzbauer comes to Payson from Scottsdale. She also started with Community Development in September as an administrative assistant.

Schwartzbauer has a wide-ranging resume with jobs from an escrow coordinator to community coordinator to legal assistant/paralegal and closing coordinator.

The Public Works Department added and engineer in August.

Bill Clemans has worked both in the public and private sectors after receiving his degree in civil engineering from ASU.

He worked with both Pinal County in Arizona and the City of Clearlake in California. Then spentr 24 years in the private sector working for civil engineering consultants.

Valden Aldrige started with Payson’s Water Department in September as a water resource manager.

Aldrige studied geoscience and received a masters in geology from NAU.

He has worked as a project geologist, hydrologist II, and as a research assistant.

He comes from Texas, but has worked both in Flagstaff and Phoenix during his career.

Zachary Horsely started with the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department in September as a general maintenance worker.

Horsely has a background in home repairs and remodeling through his work at Home Depot.

He has worked in both Washington State and Arizona.

Contact the reporter at mnelson@payson.com

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(4) comments

Michael Heather

The state of Arizona municipal worker ratio is an average of about 7.5 workers per thousand citizens. Payson now has about 12.3 per thousand. Does anyone feel more coddled by the staff?.

Michael Heather

So at least 4 positions have been filled for full time positions, the titles of which lead one to believe there is more civic bloat to come. Permit Technician? You mean someone who fills out permits as a taxpayer or contractor dictates the information? This is a full time job? Administrative assistant means secretary with a little more pay. The only person whose job title is honest is the general maintenance worker. The glittering descriptions do not cover up the fact that 7 new positions (unless reported otherwise) have been created to spend even more tax money and create the condition of the town needing even more money and higher taxes to support even more new hires by the town manager. Where will it end?

Paul Frommelt

The hiring, spending spree continues. Apparently, there is no end to the tax dollars for our town. Per capita, in comparison to the rest of the state, Payson is already overstaffed by nearly 30%. What happens WHEN the next financial downturn hits? And history shows, it WILL occur.

Mike White

Just curious. Are these replacements for departed employees, or brand-new positions? How many employees are there now, prior to these new hires?

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