By Tammy Gray
The Navajo County Board of Supervisors said goodbye to two team members on Tuesday, both of whom are leaving to serve with Governor Doug Ducey’s team.
Navajo County Government Relations Administrator Hunter Moore has been tapped to serve as the governor’s policy advisor on natural resources. Moore has been with the county since 2011, focusing on advocating for local interests with state and federal legislators, and promoting economic development within the county.
“I have appreciated the four years Hunter has spent with us and the contributions he has made with our team at Navajo County. His perspective and insight has been invaluable in dealing with state and federal policy makers. Hunter’s work with our local communities and the business community on economic development has been important to the future of our region,” County Manager James Jaynes said.
Supervisor David Tenney has also accepted a position in Ducey’s administration, and will serve as the director of the Arizona Residential Utility Consumer Office.
Tenney has served on the board since 2004, and is the current chairman. During his time as a supervisor, Tenney spent considerable time at the state capital working with legislators and has also been a driving force behind the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. By serving on the board, Tenney filled the position that was formerly held by his father, Lewis Tenney.
The vacancy created by Tenney’s departure will be filled by appointment of the board. He has already recommended Steve Williams of Show Low as a replacement.
Although the board and staff began saying their goodbye during the Jan. 27 meeting, Tenney plans to chair the upcoming meeting on Feb. 10, where he will formally ask the board to accept his resignation. He also plans to ask the board members to consider the appointment of Williams at that time. If approved, Williams could be sworn in on Feb. 10.
Supervisor Dawnafe Whitesinger will take on the duties of the chairman, as she currently serves as vice chair of the board.
Tenney noted that although he will now be serving at the state level, he will not forget the needs of Navajo County and rural Arizona.
“This has not been an easy decision for me and my family. I have been involved in public service at the local, state and federal level for a number of years. I have truly enjoyed developing relationships with the people I have had the privilege of working with, and still feel passionate about the many important issues that face this region. None of that will change,” he said in announcing his appointment.
“Our communities and the issues that we face are as important to me as they have ever been, but I feel that it is important to answer the call of our new governor, and serve the residents and the public policy of our state in a new capacity.”