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
Population: 39,843 (2010 census)
Elevation: 5,410 ft.
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