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The Coconino County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to hire James "Jimmy" Jayne as the new county manager in a special meeting Tuesday.

Jayne has served as the interim county manager since January. He joined the county in August, 2017 as the director of special initiatives, which oversaw the county's public affairs and community relations and public works divisions.

Before coming to Coconino County, Jayne served as the Navajo County Manager for 14 years. He also served as executive secretary for the Arizona Corporation Commission, the chief of staff in the Arizona House of Representatives, worked at the Arizona Water Banking Authority and worked as staff in the U.S. Congress.

He earned an undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University. Recently he was inducted into the NAU College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Hall of Fame for his outstanding public service career.

Board President Matt Ryan said hiring Jayne as manager is a great opportunity for the county.

"In the last six months we've had a lot of complicated issues," Ryan said. "And he did an excellent job managing us through all of them."

Ryan said Jayne was instrumental in guiding the county through a controversial land swap proposal related to a decades-old Navajo and Hopi land dispute and also in the county's recent move to expand the taxing authority of the flood control district.

Supervisor Lena Fowler said she's been impressed with the work ethic and dedication to public service Jayne has shown since he was first hired by the county.

"He's traveled to every corner of the county and worked to establish relationships in all of our diverse communities," Fowler said. "I look forward to working with him as we continue to meet our many challenges."

In a statement, Jayne said he's honored to be selected by the board and looks forward to continuing to serve Coconino County.

"My life has been dedicated to building community," he said in the statement. "I pledge to bring energy, creativity and a strong commitment to collaborating with our communities."

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