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5/8/2012 10:05:00 AM
Ochoa resigns as Tusayan town manager
Tusayan town officials to work with interim town managers while searching for permanent replacement
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Enrique Ochoa addresses  the Tusayan community in 2011. He resigned as Tusayan town manager  April 27.
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Enrique Ochoa addresses the Tusayan community in 2011. He resigned as Tusayan town manager April 27.

Clara Beard
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - Enrique Ochoa, Tusayan's first full-time town employee, has resigned his town manager position as of April 27.

"We have received an offer of the town manager's resignation and we are in the process of finalizing a separation agreement," Tusayan Mayor Greg Bryan said.

The council plans to officially act on the development during their regular meeting on May 16.

In the meantime, Tim Pickering with Interim Public Management has provided the town with the interim manager applicants, as per their contract with Tusayan.

One of the town's interim managers will be Jim Wine, former deputy city manager of Flagstaff, who will be with Tusayan for a few weeks. Bryan said they will select another applicant for a longer term.

"Once we have them in place we will then begin the process of beginning to find a long term or permanent manager," Bryan said.

The Tusayan Town Council approved a contract for a permanent town manager at a special meeting March 18 of last year, naming Enrique Medina Ochoa the first full-time staff person for the town.

Until Ochoa's hiring, Tusayan had functioned with volunteer temporary and contract staff.

Ochoa, of Avondale, was previously city manager of Arvin, Calif. from 2002 to 2007. He also worked in intergovernmental relations and for the state of Arizona. Ochoa is fluent in Spanish and holds a BA from Stanford University and a Master's degree from Arizona State University.

Ochoa could not be reached for comment as of press time and was not present at the town council's last meeting on May 2.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Article comment by: Keith Wilmot

Well Bob, what leadership did you provide us? You just quit as well. Real tough guy. the only way the workers of Tusayan will be protected is to form a union.

Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Article comment by: Tusayan Resident

If what Bob Blasi says is correct then I quess Ochoa muct have got on the bad side of the Halvorsen/Stillo group and was forced out

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Blasi

"We have received an offer of the Town Managers resignation"....."Right after I manipulated and coerced him into accepting an offer he couldn’t refuse” …… Ask the Mayor about the severance deal and how much was paid to make him “go away”!!! Talk about some irresponsible spending!
Weak Leaders surround themselves with weakness. Anyone who has ever worked for the Mayor knows this. We are all his subordinates. Tyranny at its best!

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Article comment by: JANE DOE

How sad that these people who own so much in Tusayan can have such power over peoples' lives and livelihoods....this is such a shame...I guess its not enough to have so want to own peoples' lives as well...what a power trip and some of these power people dont even work a "real" job like the rest of us....what goes around comes around hopefully.........I'll be there to see it....

Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Article comment by: Tusayan Resident

Living and working in Tusayan is like being in a have have to join one of the "gangs" (Thurstons, Halvorsens, Stilo) for protection

Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Smith

There is no future for unbiased professionals in either have to be in the Thurston or Halvorsen camp to survive...otherwise you get driven out

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