Charles P. Potucek was appointed city manager of the City of Sierra Vista on April 1, 1996. He has worked for the City since September 1986 in several capacities including administrative analyst, budget analyst, and assistant to the city manager. Potucek holds both Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Affairs and Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) from Indiana University in Bloomington.
A native of the Chicago suburb of Highland, Indiana, Potucek graduated from Highland High School in 1973. He began classes at Indiana University that fall on the Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship. After earning his B.S. degree in May 1976, Potucek got his first taste of public administration working on a university-sponsored transportation study of northwest Indiana. After completing the one-year study, Potucek spent the next seven years working in the private sector as an industrial engineering technician for Johnson & Johnson Baby Products in Park Forest South, Illinois, and three years as a sales engineer for New Park Drilling Fluids in Denver, Colorado. Falling oil prices convinced Potucek to resume his education, and he returned to Indiana University in 1984 to begin work on his M.P.A. degree. A member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Public Affairs National Honor Society and a recipient of the Eli Lilly Graduate Fellowship, Potucek earned his M.P.A. degree (with an emphasis in urban management) in May 1986. Shortly thereafter, his wife-to-be spotted an opening for an administrative analyst with the City of Sierra Vista. Wanting to escape the cold confines of the Midwest, Potucek applied for and was offered the position.
During his 30 years of service to the city, Sierra Vista has experienced dramatic growth and has undergone significant change. Potucek’s accomplishments include the negotiating the agreement that brought The Mall at Sierra Vista; the Highway 90/92-Charleston Road commercial cluster; construction of the Environmental Operations Park; establishment of Sierra Vista as a founding member of the Upper San Pedro Partnership; construction of Avenida Cochise and Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway; the development of the award-winning Sierra Vista transit system; the enhancement of the City’s bond rating; and facilitation of improved citizen participation. Capital improvements accomplished during his tenure as city manager include the Sierra Vista Aquatics Facility (The Cove), Sierra Vista Public Library, the Pedro Castro Maintenance Center, components of Sierra Vista’s multi-use path system, renovation of the Ethel Berger Center, Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, Kiwanis Skate & Bike Court, Fire Station #3, and Centennial Pavilion. Potucek envisions Sierra Vista as a regional center for commerce, health care and education, a model for environmental programs, and expanding upon its history as an outstanding public service provider. Above all, he wants Sierra Vista to become a place where children grow up and stay – instead of having to go elsewhere for educational and employment opportunities.
Potucek and his wife Maureen were married June 26, 1987 and have two children – Michael and Mark. Potucek enjoys coaching his sons’ sports teams and is an avid follower of the news. He also enjoys reading historical fiction and biographies. In addition, Potucek has been involved in a number of civic and religious organizations, including the local Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Rotary Club, and Immanuel Lutheran Church. He is also a member of the International City and County Management Association (ICMA) and the Arizona City/County Management Association.