Sat, Nov. 16

Justin Clifton new Sedona city manager

Justin Clifton

Justin Clifton

SEDONA -- Mayor Sandy Moriarty and the members of the Sedona City Council have announced that Justin Clifton has accepted the position of city manager.

In October 2014, the Sedona City Council selected the firm of Peckham and McKenney to handle the recruitment process and received 108 resumes from candidates throughout the country interested in serving as the next city manager.

From those resumes, seven candidates were selected for in-person interviews. A three-day recruitment process with the finalists included a series of interviews with City Council members, City staff, the public, and a City management panel. On March 6, after extensive discussions involving comments and considerations from City Council, staff, and the public, the City Council voted to offer Clifton the position.

In the next few weeks, Clifton's appointment will be voted on in a special City Council meeting. Clifton's expected start date has been established as Monday, May 4, however he plans to travel to Sedona for the upcoming free public presentation, "For the Love of Sedona" on Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

Clifton comes to Sedona from the City of Delta, Colo., where he was city manager since 2012. Prior to Delta, Clifton was the Town Manager for Bayfield, Colo., for five years. Clifton received his Master of Arts in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Colorado, Denver, CO and his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO.

While in Delta, CO, Clifton provided fiscal oversight on a $26-$35 million annual budget, incorporated performance and priority based budgeting practices, and corrected fiscal imbalance by combining organizational restructuring and broadening the use of restricted sales tax revenues to correct over $1 million of declining fund balances. Additionally, Clifton implemented performance management systems for data collection, realigned organizational structure to provide optimal results, and developed community plans to maximize local assets and improve the downtown district.

During Clifton's interviews, he expressed a strong desire to provide opportunities to engage with the public, build upon the Sedona's historic success, focus on economic development, and become an integrated part of the community.

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