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Marana Town Talk: Happy with deputy town manager selection

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Gilbert Davidson

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:00 am

Whenever the town needs to hire an employee, we spend time and effort to find the best person for the job. We owe it to our community to bring people on board who provide the high level of service that our residents and business owners expect.

We feel confident that we made the right decision in selecting Jamsheed Mehta as our new deputy town manager. Our nationwide recruiting efforts attracted more than 120 applicants for the position and Mehta’s qualifications and personality set him apart from the field.

He comes to Marana from the City of Glendale, where he filled a variety of roles over the past nine years, including an interim yearlong assignment as assistant city manager. He also served as interim city manager for five weeks, including assistance with development of the city’s $579 million budget; managed the Glendale Onboard 25-year, $871 million transportation program; served as chair of the transit management committee in the Phoenix metro area; secured millions in regional and federal funding to complement local funds for capital projects and managed multi-modal transportation plans and jurisdictional coordination for the 2008 Super Bowl in Glendale.

Mehta brings a wealth of experience at a critical time for the town. Earlier in his career, he served as chief planner/manager for Wichita-Sedgwick County and assistant planning director for Topeka-Shawnee County Metropolitan Planning Agency. Mehta has the education necessary for such a challenging position, holding a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from NED University of Engineering in Karachi, Pakistan.

Mehta, along with Ryan Mahoney, our new planning director, and Keith Brann, our excellent town engineer, give us strong, knowledgeable leadership to guide us through our next round of growth. Marana is committed to providing services and facilities that stay ahead of community demand. Thankfully, it appears that the recession is loosening its grip and we are starting to see investors dusting off their plans for exciting development in Marana.

A significant part of the deputy town manager’s job is to work with staff and the community. All the feedback we received from Mehta’s references referred to his ability to mentor employees and the fact that he knew them by name. He is described as a thoughtful manager who listens to other’s ideas and studies all options before making decisions. His strong managerial qualities serve him and the community well.

We are looking forward to Mehta starting March 17. Our role as a local government is to have the right people in place to do things that improve our community. Having outstanding employees like Mehta on the team makes this a better place for entrepreneurs to invest and families to live.

 

(Editor’s Note: Gilbert Davidson is the Marana’s Town Manager.)

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