Winslow, it's your town

A look at what makes this community tick

Winslow. Is it a town or a city? Officially, it's incorporated as the city of Winslow and if you are driving in from Dilkon, Winslow definitely has city flavor. But coming in from Phoenix, Winslow feels like a town. The benefit of a town is the lack of traffic and ease of getting around in a vehicle. But, city of Winslow it is, and as such it has a governmental structure gluing it together. The city of Winslow provides the residents a way to live in harmony, regulated by laws which are enacted and enforced by public officials who are selected by the voters. In this way Winslow's citizens are assured of an orderly living environment, but one in which they have the means to direct in local options. Of course there are many limitations on the citizens options, which are already codified in County, State and Federal laws, as well as the U.S. Constitution. For example, the city cannot pass an ordinance making midnight mowing a capital crime. That's a good thing!

The city of Winslow protecting you from excessive noise while you are trying to sleep, (among other things), is comprised of an administration group called City Staff. Heading the Staff, City Administrator Jim Ferguson directs the daily and long term city functions. He has an Administrative Assistant, Suzie Kaufman, who keeps track of everything the Administrator is doing, did, is going to do, and documents all of it.

There is an Animal Control Department, which handles all animals in the city not under the control of their owners.

New and repaired structures are overseen by the city building code, which is modeled on national standards and observed for compliance by the City Building Inspector Marshal Larson.

City Clerk is a key city position and is capable of running the day to day operations, if the need arose, but essentially is the key administrator under City Manager. This position is held by Suzy Wetzel.

The Finance Department keeps track of all of the money coming in and going out and does financial projections on what may happen in the near future; all handled by Gina Reffner.

The Fire Department - they respond to all kinds of life threatening emergencies as well as fires and is headed by Chief James Hernandez who is one of the most pleasant people you can work with.

Sherry Lancaster is in charge of Human Resources which was known in the past as the Personnel Department. HR manages all records and changes to pay and status of the city employees; Sherry wields a mighty keyboard, so don't mess with her!

The Winslow Library is run by Docia Balock and provides programs for children, computers for public use and lots of books of course.

The Winslow Parks are maintained and directed by Scott Lancaster. He makes the grass grow green, even though Winslow dirt tries to kill all grasses.

Planning and Zoning is handled by Paul Ferris who is an architect and city planner. Without P&Z you might have a pig farm next door.

Police Chief Stephen Garnett keeps order and provides safety for us all. But don't exceed the speed limits or mix Miller with your Mazda, unless you want to see Gray Bar City.

Winslow has Public Housing for residents in need who qualify for assistance with shelter. Jesse Fernandez is the Director of Housing and is doing a critical job, which does not have much visibility to the public.

Sandra Knight is in charge of the Recreation Department. She makes sure there is lots of fun things to do in town for all ages. Sandra is great at stretching her recreation dollars, so that we have city activities in these lean times.

"Streets," one word. It's the department that makes sure you have a smooth ride. Gabe Martinez is the department head and is presiding over a shrinking workforce.

Allen Rosenbaum is the head of the Utilities Department, which is essentially water and sewer. I guess Allen is the most important man on the Winslow City Staff. Without clean water and sewage disposal, we all would have to pack up and leave for Anaheim, Calif.

Dale Patton is the City Attorney and advises all staff on the legal ramifications of legislation and makes sure Winslow is operating in a legal framework. Dale also does Community Development for Winslow, (Community Development means "make us more prosperous").

Some statistics : Number of city employees - 90. City budget for 2011-2012 - $22.4 million.

City Commissions and Councils comprised of unpaid citizen members - Planning And Zoning, Historic Preservation, Airport and Arts. City Boards: Board of Adjustment.

And of course there is the City Council, elected by the eligible voters to direct overall City Policy - Mayor Robin Boyd. Council Members: Harold Soehner, Marshall Losey, Peter Cake, Thomas Chacon Sr., Marsha Juergens, Curtis Hardy.

For more information on the vity of Winslow go to www.ci.winslow.az.us.

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