Apache Junction Assistant City Manager Bryant Powell was officially appointed city manager by the Apache Junction City Council during the council’s June 16 regular meeting.
Starting July 1, Mr. Bryant will take over the reins from his former boss, George Hoffman, who has served in the top position since 2002 and is retiring at the end of this month, according to a press release.
“I would like to thank the mayor and city council for their confidence in me and my abilities to lead the city. I’ve had a wonderful mentor in George and thank him for his years of service to our community,” Mr. Bryant said in the release.
“The city is pleased to have Bryant as our new city manager. Bryant has taken on many significant responsibilities over the years, and we have the utmost confidence in his abilities to lead our city,” Mayor John Insalaco said in the release.
Mr. Bryant has been with the city of Apache Junction for more than 14 years starting as the assistant to the city manager. He was promoted to assistant city manager in 2003.
Mr. Bryant has a master of public administration degree from Brigham Young University in Utah, as well as an undergraduate degree in Spanish, with a minor in political science from Southern Utah University.
In 2014, he received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association, according to the release.
He is the first ICMA-Credentialed Manager to work for the city of Apache Junction.
Mr. Bryant also received the Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award from the Arizona City/County Management Association.
He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain since 2010 and has served as its president since July 2014.
He also serves on the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as an ex-officio member.
Mr. Bryant and his wife, Jenny, have three daughters and have lived in Apache Junction for 14 years. He is a native of Arizona, having been raised in Safford.
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