James (Jimmy) Jayne has been named Coconino County manager, sealing his 6-month-long interim status as official, the Board of Supervisors announced.
Jayne joined the county administrative team in August 2017, first filling the position of director of special initiatives to handle public affairs and community relations. He expressed pleasure in his appointment, saying he felt honored to be selected.
“My life has been dedicated to building community – I pledge to bring energy, creativity and a strong commitment to collaborating with our communities,” he said.
Having served in state and county level leadership positions, Jayne comes to his new role with expectations of success all around; three colleagues commended his abilities in respective statements.
Jimmy Jayne joined the county administrative team in August 2017. Contributed photo
“His extensive experience and vast network of connections throughout the state will advance the County’s initiatives on behalf of our citizens,” Board chair Matt Ryan said. “The Board trusts and believes that Jimmy is the right person to deliver the quality services our citizens have come to expect.”
Two district supervisors also voiced confidence, with District 1’s Art Babbott commending Jayne’s “creativity and innovation” and District 5’s Lena Fowler expressed her admiration of “the work ethic and dedication to public service Jimmy has shown over his tenure with the County.”
Previously, Jayne worked as Navajo County manager as well as filling several state legislative positions and private sector roles. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s and attained his master's in public administration from Arizona State University.