Friday, December 6, 2013

Board of Supervisors to begin negotiations with top candidate for County Manager (Updated)

After a nationwide search, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors has agreed to enter in negotiations with Stewart C Ed, General Services Director for the City of El Paso, Texas, as the new County Manager.

Ed, along with Interim County Manager Greg Stanley, were the two finalists for the position as voted on by the Board of Supervisors in Wednesday's meeting. After a second vote, Ed was unanimously chosen.

"It was a hard decision," said Board Chairman Steve Miller. "We had four terrific finalists for this position. As Chairman, I will contact Stewart and start negotiations immediately. Hopefully we can come to an agreement."

Ed has worked for the City of El Paso, in various positions, since 1995.  He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1986.

The other two finalists for the position were Dena Diorio from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and Sandi Wilson from Maricopa County.

Update (12/11/13):  Pinal County Manager candidate Stuart Ed has withdrawn his name for consideration.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Miller said that Ed cited family reasons for withdrawing his name from consideration. He was apologetic and remorseful for having gone through the process and not being able to accept the offer.

The supervisors are currently planning an executive session as soon as possible to discuss the matter further.

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