Meet your Big Park Council Representative Jeff Swan
Who do you represent on Big Park Council and what kind of member is it: RAM (Residential), BOA (Business Owner) or EIM Educational Institution)? Briefly describe its character or anything that makes it unique.
Swan: I represent the Pine Valley Property Owners Association (PPVOA) which is a RAM. PPVOA formed as a result of the Pine Valley property owners dissolving the HOA. Membership is voluntary and currently stands at 58 households. The membership includes both full-time and part-time residents and is actively involved in the Pine Valley community.
Current/Past Officers and Committee/Project Chairs, describe your title and responsibilities. What have been your most interesting challenges and successes with the Council?
Swan: My challenges with the Council is focused on becoming familiar with the players and stakeholders represented on the Council. These challenges also include understanding the role the Council currently plays and could play in representing the Big Park area to Yavapai County. Members of the Council have assisted in providing advice on the possibility of Pine Valley considering to revive the HOA to address Short Term Rentals.
Do you work full time, part time, retired or retired part time?
Swan: I am more or less retired doing some work to stay fresh in my profession. I do some work for a Civil Engineering consultant out of Flagstaff.
How many years have you lived in the Big Park/Village of Oak Creek area and from where did you come? What do you like best and least about living here?
We have lived part-time in the area for 15 years. I have worked in this area for the better part of 40 years when I was with ADOT.
Living here has its benefits in scenery and a quieter lifestyle but also has the disadvantage of hot summers and lots of tourists at specific times of the year.
What are your favorite pastimes, interests and/or community involvements?
Swan: A favorite pastime is enjoying the quiet and scenery and just slowing down. Some travel is still enjoyable especially to see children and grandchildren.
Some outside interest include being the Secretary of the Arizona Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and also somewhat involved with the Arizona Floodplain Management Association and the Association of State Floodplain Managers, and the Arizona County Engineers Association.
What is one of your proudest accomplishments and/or one of your most memorable experiences?
Swan: My most memorable experiences are the birth of my children and grandchildren along with their accomplishments to date.
Accomplishments would be professional and include assisting in the establishment of the Navajo Nation Department of Transportation and improving transportation facilities throughout Northern Arizona.
What has been your favorite or most valued work experience? Has the Council provided an opportunity for you to use your expertise?
Swan: I’m fairly new to the Council and therefore have not really had an opportunity to use my expertise.