Hayden town manager offered Arizona job

Russ Martin plans to review the contract with his family before making a decision

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Russ Martin

— Russell Martin will be offered a contract to be the new town manager for Camp Verde, Ariz.

Although he is the second person to be offered the job in the past week, Martin has no need to feel like second best. The town council voted unanimously to extend the offer to him, with two council members declaring him a favorite.

“My top choice was always Russell Martin,” council member Carol German said.

“Had I not known the other candidate (Kelly Udall) so long, Russell Martin would definitely have been my top choice,” said council member Jackie Baker, who attended Wednesday’s special session via telephone.

Martin has been the town manager in Hayden for more than six years. He stated he applied for the job in Camp Verde because “my background and experience make me the best person to work on the city’s future with the Council.”

That experience includes the revision of Hayden’s land use code, a process Camp Verde has also been working through.

Martin said Wednesday evening that he hadn’t yet received word from Camp Verde about the offer and hadn’t received a contract.

“I’ve got to make sure it’s going to work for the family … before we make any formal decision,” he said.

Martin said he planned to review the offer this weekend with his family.

“I anticipate that if the contract is something that is acceptable that we will accept, and if it’s not, then I’ve got a contract sitting on the table from the town here, and that was good, and they’ve been very good to me and continue to be very patient, so I’ve tried to appreciate them as much as possible,” he said.

Martin said he’s received positive comments and good wishes from Hayden residents, which he also appreciated.

Martin was a regional planner in Richfield, Utah, and planner for Minturn before being hired in Hayden.

He said his family likes the Verde Valley and had discussed moving there if such an employment opportunity arose.

“My attraction to Camp Verde is very similar to why we moved to Hayden, a community that prides itself in its history and rural values while being so close to a tourist destination that brings its benefits, as well as its unique issues,” Martin stated in his application.

The Camp Verde council initially offered the post to Udall, who turned it down. That necessitated this week’s special session.

— Additional material from the Steamboat Pilot & Today staff.

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