The Town of Prescott Valley has announced that former Marana, Arizona Town Manager Gilbert Davidson has accepted the position of Town Manager vacated by the retirement of longtime manager Larry Tarkowski in May. Davidson is expected to be on board Monday, August 9.
Davidson was one of four finalists of 59 applicants for the position. Executive Search firm Peckham and McKenney, Inc. Vice President Drew Gorgey narrowed the field to 12 candidates, out of which the Prescott Valley Town Council chose the four finalists. The finalists included Davidson; current Assistant City Manager of Missouri City, Texas Glen Martel; City of Las Vegas Deputy Finance Director Abbe Yacoben; and former Yavapai County Supervisor Jack Smith.
The four finalists spoke with members of the public during a reception on Monday, June 28, and final interviews with Town Council took place on Tuesday, June 29.
Davidson served as City Manager of Willcox, Arizona from 2002 – 2005 before becoming Deputy Town Manager and then Town Manager of Marana, Arizona, a town similar in population and growth to Prescott Valley. From 2017-2019 he was Chief Operating Officer of the State of Arizona Governor’s Office, and currently is a Senior Consultant/Owner of Davidson Strategic LLC/University of Arizona.
“My family and I are honored and beyond excited to live in Prescott Valley and to be a part of the community and Town team. Prescott Valley has unique opportunities and boundless potential. I hope to build upon the incredible legacy already in place and strive to make sure Prescott Valley continues to be a great place to live, work, play, and visit. I believe strongly in service excellence and will lead with integrity, dedication, compassion, and innovation. I want to thank the Mayor and Council for this incredible opportunity,” Davidson said.
“I’m excited for our Town and our citizens,” said Mayor Kell Palguta. “We welcome Gilbert Davidson to our community, and I’m completely confident that he is the person to lead us into the future.”
Town Council expects to approve a contract with Davidson at its Thursday, July 8 regular meeting.