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Chino Valley town manager to retire in March

Chino Valley Town Manager Jerry Stricklin announced Thursday at the Town Council meeting that he is retiring effective March 31, 2010. That day marks his 30th anniversary of joining the Arizona State Retirement System.

Stricklin, who joined the Chino Valley staff in August 2005 as the Development Services director, also served as the assistant town manager and acting town manager for a period before becoming the town manager in April 2008.

He believes the economy will be the biggest challenge facing his successor. He also said he will miss Chino Valley.

"I first came up here in the early 1970s. I thought it was the most beautiful place I'd seen."

He said Chino Valley's staff is second to none. "They are bright, creative, and devoted to the success of the town," he said. "Working with them has been the highlight of my career."

The Los Angeles native holds a bachelor of arts degree in geography from California State University Northridge, and a master of arts degree in urban geography from Arizona State University.

While working on his master's degree, Stricklin worked for ABT Associates research firm. And from 1974-1975 he also was a faculty member at Scottsdale Community College, where he taught world and physical geography.

In September 1977, he joined the City of Tempe's staff as a planning aide and worked up to a Planner 1 by the time he left in October 1981. From that time till February 1984, Stricklin served as the principal planner for the City of Lompoc, Calif.

He then returned to Arizona and became the community development director for Wickenburg.

During his 20-plus years in Wickenburg, Stricklin also served as the town planner, airport manager, interim town manager on three occasions, and economic development director.

Stricklin, who has had a job since he was 9 years old, plans to do some traveling, more bike riding, hiking, photography, writing and consulting. "I want to have as much fun as possible," he said.

He plans to keep Prescott as his home base for a while, and hopes to become more active in the Yavapai Humane Society. He also hopes to become involved with public radio and the Prescott Fine Arts Association.

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