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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.) degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington. Potucek spent the next eight years working in the private sector – as an industrial engineering technician for Johnson and Johnson Baby Products in Park Forest South, Illinois, as a sales engineer for New Park Drilling Fluids out of 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 which he earned in May 1986. Shortly thereafter, his wife-to-be spotted an opening for his first position as an administrative analyst with the City of Sierra Vista and started in September of 1986.
During his 33 years of service to the city, Sierra Vista has experienced dramatic growth and has undergone significant change. Potucek’s accomplishments include 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, our multi-use path system, renovation of the Ethel Berger Center, Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, Kiwanis Skate & Bike Court, Fire Station #3, expansion of the C. Reed Vance police facility and Centennial Pavilion. Potucek envisions Sierra Vista as a regional center for commerce, health care and education, a model for environmental programs, a technology center, 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. Also, he is 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.