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Carolyn Umphrey was elected to Sierra Vista City Council in 2018. Carolyn and her husband, Tim, first came to Sierra Vista in 2006 for his last duty assignment with the United States Army. They immediately fell in love with the area, and after a brief time away for work, they made Sierra Vista their permanent home in 2008, settling into the West End in 2009.
When she is not working for the City Council, Carolyn is a certified dog groomer and small business owner. In 2006, Carolyn graduated from the North Jersey School of Dog and Cat Grooming. She groomed at Waggin’ Tails on Fry Boulevard before starting Pups With Style Dog Grooming shortly after the 2009 birth of her son, Liam. As a self-employed groomer she works in a shop behind her home, which has enabled her to be home with Liam and her daughter, Lovey. Both children attended Cactus Wren Cooperative Preschool at St. Andrews Catholic Church on the West End, and then enrolled in a public elementary school.
Serving Sierra Vista, especially the West End, is a priority for Carolyn. When her children entered public school, Carolyn became an education advocate, cofounding the Sierra Vista Public Education Network. She serves on the board of the Education Foundation of Sierra Vista and is a founding member of Cochise Networking Our Way (CNOW). Carolyn also volunteers with the Carmichael Neighborhood Association, the Carmichael Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO), the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise, and the Good Neighbor Alliance.
Carolyn is a proud member of the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Vista Historical Society, Sierra Vista Symphony Association, 100 Women Who Care–Sierra Vista Communities, and NAMI Southeastern Arizona.
Carolyn is heavily involved in West End affairs, and serves as liaison to the West End Commission. She is also the Council liaison for the Arts and Humanities Commission and an alternate for the Upper San Pedro Partnership.
In her spare time Carolyn loves riding her bike and hiking in and around Sierra Vista with her family, and spending time with extended family and friends. She gets out and around town, attending activities and events at local parks, businesses, and community centers, meeting people, and learning more about this areas’ rich history, from Fort Huachuca, the original pioneers, to outlying areas like Tombstone, Bisbee, and Hereford. There is never a dull moment! Carolyn also enjoys loving on her five small dogs and eating stacks of pancakes (yum!).