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Thurman new Board of Supervisors Chairman

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Yavapai County Supervisors, from left, Carol Springer, Chip Davis and Tom Thurman are pictured in this March 1, 2010, file photo.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Yavapai County Supervisors, from left, Carol Springer, Chip Davis and Tom Thurman are pictured in this March 1, 2010, file photo.

PRESCOTT - Carol Springer is stepping down a little early from her role as Chairman of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, paving the way for Tom Thurman to take over and Chip Davis to assume the Vice Chairman role.

Springer (District 1) has been struggling of late: she recently had surgery on tendons in her right hand, and, with the arm in a sling, she had problems signing county documents, said Julie Ayers, county administrator. It was a practical matter to simply move up the planned change from January to Dec. 1, Ayers said.

Thurman (District 2) is ready to go as the new chairman. One of his first projects will be a renovation/remodel of the county courthouse in downtown Prescott. A 25-year builder in the area, Thurman calls the courthouse "an Arizona icon" and said it needs to be kept current.

"The building is almost 100 years old, and it is time to dump some money in it for the longevity of the building," he said.

Thurman said that his earlier support for a move to create a "county complex" on Prescott Lakes Parkway, which would have moved court business out of the courthouse (and which he ultimately reversed himself on), would have been "disastrous" for downtown businesses.

Thurman, noting that being chairman puts him in the driver's seat when it comes to setting the board's agendas and setting policies for the county, said he plans "quite a few little projects."

One of those is a January retreat in Camp Verde to "discuss the future of the county with five supervisors." For the 2012 election cycle, redistricting will create two new seats on the board as a result of the 2010 Census.

"That's one of my biggest items," Thurman said. "How we're going to finish the year with three" and then transition to five, will be a challenge.

He's optimistic.

"It's going to be a good year," he said.

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