By Naomi Hatch
“I want Taylor to thrive, but I want our atmosphere and our lifestyle to be what attracts people,” said Taylor Building Official/Zoning Administrator Allen Davis.
Davis was recently hired by the town and is excited to be here, noting that he has wanted to live in Taylor for several years.
Davis’ wife Sherry was a Mercer. She was born in McNary and grew up in Snowflake.
“We came up here all the time for the past 18 or 19 years and I liked it a lot, he said, so they purchased land at White Mountain Lakes for their retirement.
Davis’ background was concentrated in the building industry. In high school he worked after school and summers for his grandfather in the construction field. He was a contractor in New Mexico for a while, but with the downturn of the economy he joined the police department in Las Cruces, N.M.
His wife graduated from college and accepted a job near Casa Grande, so they moved there, where he worked for a year at her company, three years at Foxworth Galbraith Lumber as a salesman and when an opening came up for Pinal County Building Safety, he worked there for more than seven years in the public works department. In 2005 the City of Maricopa was beginning to grow and Davis was one of two plans examiners hired.
About a year ago, because of the economic downturn his wife moved back to Taylor and is working for her sister at Grumpy Jake’s. He was working a four-day week and spent weekends in Taylor.
During his visit in July for the Independence Day celebration he saw an ad for the position in Taylor and applied. Town Manager Gus Lundberg interviewed him during that visit and in a special meeting in July, the town council approved his hiring.
“I was real fortunate to get this. I’ll have my hands full learning it and doing it, he said, noting that for a one-man job it’s very busy, but, “I like a challenge.”
Davis would like to promote the airport, noting he quit college to learn how to fly.
His first task will be to update the general plan, which must be completed by the end of December.
“It was nice to see that we’re under the 2003 building code,” said Davis, noting he felt that newer codes are getting a lot of big brother intrusion. He said that this area has homes that are on wells and septic tanks and people like to build their own place. “I’m all for that,” he commented.
“I’d rather have people come to me with questions and ask for help than do their own thing,” said Davis. “If I’m helpful they’ll come to me and we can help them.”
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By Naomi Hatch