Mayor Spotlight

Name, title & city/town:
Mayor Marlin Kuykendall, City of Prescott
Year elected to office: 2009
Years served as Mayor: Four
Hometown: I moved to Arizona from West Texas in 1946 and settled in Prescott in 1963

City of Prescott
Incorporated: 1883
Population: 39,843 (2010 census)
Elevation: 5,410 ft.
County: Yavapai
Area within Limits: 37.24 sq. ft.

Why did you decide to serve in local government?
After being in business many years in Prescott, I wanted to make sure our community remained the best city with the highest quality of life possible.

What are the biggest challenges facing your town today?
Making sure we share and utilize our water resources in the most responsible way is our biggest challenge. A delicate balance is maintaining our unique quality of life while attracting companies that can offer high quality jobs. We have unique aspects to our community; a well-run airport, a bustling downtown, a temperate climate and beautiful surroundings. Prescott is gaining the attention of California businesses and recognizing our city as a great place to expand or relocate. We are fortunate in that we don't have many of the challenges other communities face.

What opportunities do you see for your community?
We need to maintain momentum and continue to move forward as our economy turns around. Tourism is important and generates revenue through sales and bed tax, but is also a volatile industry. With sales and construction tax reform at the focus of legislation year we risk losing local control to the state, and our ability serve the community to the high standards we've set. We appreciate the League's effort in representing the smaller communities as well as the larger populations in the Phoenix metropolitan area on this important issue.

What are you most proud of during your time in office?
I've been here to help keep the ship steady while issues over water rights were settled. I am proud to be working with SRP and Prescott Valley to overcome obstacles to and manage our water resources responsibly.

Why is the League important to cities and towns in Arizona?
The League lobbies on behalf of both small and large communities. It's important to recognize the smaller towns and cities and the challenges we face.

League of Arizona Cities and Towns
1820 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ  85007
Phone: 602-258-5786
Fax: 602-253-3874

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