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ST. JOHNS — Apache County has narrowed its list of county manager candidates to three.

During Tuesday’s monthly meeting, the board of supervisors decided to whittle the field of 10 candidates down to three. Those candidates are Ryan Patterson, Douglas Allen and Douglas Hill.

Allen is currently the financial operations officer in the education division for Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He has served with the company since 2009 and, according to his resume, handles a $28 million budget and a workforce of 402 people.

Allen previously served as a deputy administrator for Yuma County (2007-08), director of administrative services for the city of Buckeye (2005-07), director of finance for Yuma County (2001-05) and accounting manager for the city of North Chicago (1999-01).

Allen is a certified public accountant and receive his bachelor’s degree in accounting (minor in economics) from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.

Hill is currently an assistant accounting manager for the Maricopa County Treasurer’s Office, where he assists in the accounting, investment and administration of more than $4 billion in tax and other revenues for multiple government agencies.

Prior to his current position, Hill served as chief financial officer for the town of Payson (2008), controller/administrative services bureau chief for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (1998-2007), director of finance for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale (1997), chief accounty for Santa Cruz County (1993-96), and accountant-auditor for Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller (1988-93).

Hill earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and is a certified public accountant.

Patterson, the in-house candidate, has been serving as interim county manager while also serving as chief financial officer/director of finance for Apache County. He has worked for the county since 2007.

Patterson’s previous experience includes serving as accounting manager for Navajo County (2005-07), senior financial analyst for PetSmart in Phoenix (2004-05), and senior auditor for Ernst & Young LLP of Phoenix (2001-04).

Patterson is a certified public accountant and certified public manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accouting from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Apache County has been searching for a new county manager since Oct. 3, when Delwin Wengert submitted his letter of resignation and simultaneously announced his retirement from the position.

The resignation came on the heels of an item placed on the agenda the previous week, before an Oct. 3 meeting in Ganado, to address Wengert’s employment with the county. That addition was later withdrawn.

Wengert had been employed by Apache County for 23 years, according to his letter of resignation. He had served as county engineer before moving into the county manager’s seat. He also served as the clerk to the board of supervisors.

The board of supervisors plans to interview Allen, Hill and Patterson at 10 a.m. Feb. 13.

Reach Michael Johnson at mjohnson@wmicentral.com

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over the hill

How were these 3 finalist selected? Who picked them?

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