Originally Published: February 17, 2005 7:10 a.m.
The Town of Prescott Valley has seen more than its share of turmoil in the past year.
Its acrimonious parting with former Town Manager Tony Mortillaro that then led to the recall of Mayor Rick Killingsworth and Vice Mayor Jay Fagelman, coupled with plenty of controversy around the hiring of former Public Works Director Larry Tarkowski as the new town manager, should be enough.
What the town needs now is experienced, level-headed, analytical leadership to guide its inevitable growth and to serve as careful stewards of its finite water supply.
Mayor Harvey Skoog, a former mayor who came back into office on the heels of the recall, is running unopposed for a full term. Nonetheless, he's the right man to take the helm of the town.
Four people are vying for the two open council seats.
Tom Steele, who succeeded Fagelman after the recall, is seeking re-election. Councilman Ed Seder decided not to run again. Challengers seeking the vacancies are former council member Eunice Conner, as well as former Prescott City Council member Harold Wise and Angie Parker.
Wise and Parker are the best choices for the council vacancies. Wise brings valuable municipal experience to the table, and Parker has worthwhile experience and some fresh ideas.
The town will fare best under Skoog, Wise and Parker.