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Oro Valley selects Mary Jacobs as next town manager

Photo of new town manager Mary Jacobs with seal

After a nationwide search and recruitment process, the Town of Oro Valley has selected Mary Jacobs for the position of town manager. Jacobs has been serving as assistant city manager in Sierra Vista, Arizona, since 2000. Her first day with the Town of Oro Valley will be September 5, 2017.

May 26, 2017

“We look forward to welcoming Mary Jacobs as our new town manager,” said Oro Valley Mayor Satish I. Hiremath. “Her wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with her contagious enthusiasm, will help lead us into the next chapter of our community’s story. I am confident Oro Valley residents, business owners and stakeholders will be thrilled with our decision.”

“I am deeply honored to have been selected by the Oro Valley Town Council to serve as the community's next town manager,” said Jacobs. “I've lived and worked in Arizona local government long enough to know that Oro Valley is indeed a gem. Led by a forward-thinking Council and staffed by dedicated professionals, I am excited to be joining an organization committed to providing superior services and an exceptional quality of life for its residents, a commitment I passionately share. I look forward to leading the organization into the next phase of Oro Valley's bright future.”

Jacobs has served more than 17 years in her current position with Sierra Vista, where she functions as the city’s chief operating officer, supervising all non-public safety operational departments and services including: the library, leisure and recreation, planning, building inspection, fleet and facility maintenance, parks and grounds maintenance, streets, engineering, capital planning, wastewater, refuse, transit, the airport, economic development, intergovernmental relations, marketing and public affairs.

The Town of Oro Valley has been working with CPS-HR Consulting to recruit a new town manager since June 2016, following the departure of former Town Manager Greg Caton. During that time, Oro Valley Police Chief Daniel G. Sharp has served as interim town manager. Sharp will resume his position as police chief when Jacobs begins her tenure this September.

About Mary Jacobs

Jacobs is an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and served as vice president on its Executive Board from 2012 to 2014, as chair of the Membership Committee and board liaison to the Task Force on Women in the Profession. Jacobs is also a member of the Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA), where she was elected to the Board of Directors from 2003 to 2008, serving as president during her tenure. In 2009, she was honored as the recipient of the prestigious ACMA Catherine Connelly Award for Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager. 

From 2011 to 2014, Jacobs was appointed by the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to serve on the national Wildland Fire Executive Council as the official representative of the National League of Cities, a body established to oversee development of a national cohesive strategy on wildfire mitigation and management. 

Prior to her position in Sierra Vista, Jacobs served as assistant town manager of Barnstable, Massachusetts on Cape Cod for six years. She also worked in several professional and managerial positions for Maricopa County, Arizona, from 1989 to 1994. 

Jacobs holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona. She grew up in Tucson where her parents and many family members still reside. Jacobs has one daughter, Rachel, who recently graduated from high school and will be attending Loyola University Chicago in the fall.