ST. JOHNS — Two of the three candidates vying to become the next Apache County manager have withdrawn their names from consideration.
According to Apache County Human Resources Manager Stephanie McCarthy, the two candidates — Douglas Allen and Douglas Hill, a pair of experienced certified public accountants from the Phoenix area — have accepted other job opportunities or were no longer interested in the county manager position and removed their names from consideration at some point during the weekend.
Ryan Patterson, interim county manager and the lone in-house candidate, remains a finalist. He has also been serving as chief financial officer/director of finance for Apache County and has been employed with the county since 2007.
Apache County Attorney Michael Whiting, whose office vetted each of the candidates, said the next two canidates on the list will now be interviewed, barring a similar circumstance as Allen and Hill.
The remaining two finalists now are Billie Bell, of Concho, and Kenneth Maynard, of Goodyear.
Bell is currently the business manager and chief financial officer at Concho Elementary School, a position she has held since 2007. She previously held positions as administrative coordinator for the city of Mesa’s communications division (2002-07); accounting specialist for the city of Mesa (2001-02); and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) administrative assistant/nutritionist for the Navajo County Health Department.
Bell earned a bachelor’s degree in business management, with honors, in 2005 from the University of Phoenix, and a master’s degree in educational leadership (2015) from Grand Canyon University.
Maynard is currently in his second stint as a sergeant with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, where he has been since 2008. He also worked for the sheriff’s office from 1988-2004. He was a corrections officer with the Arizona Department of Corrections (2006-08); and managed a family-owned business (Beyond Mail) in Goodyear between 2004-06.
The Apache County Board of Supervisors still plans to interview the three candidates starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.