Bryant Powell receives Outstanding Assistant Manager Award

Bryant Powell, Apache Junction’s Assistant City Manager, was awarded the Catherine F.

Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award in a ceremony last Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) presented the award, which recognizes an outstanding assistant city or county manager who has demonstrated exemplary service to their organization, community, local government and ACMA.

Always focused on improving Apache Junction, Powell is the fist ICMA-Credentialed manager in the history of the city.

“Bryant values the public good and looks for opportunities—both within and beyond the organization—to advance it” shared Apache Junction City Manager George Hoffman. “Bryant represents what is best about our profession: purpose, passion, commitment and competence. His contributions to our organization and the profession give me great hope for the future of our community.” Powell served as the senior budget & management analyst for the city of San Antonio, Texas before coming to Apache Junction. He’s made significant improvements to routine operations for Apache Junction as well as the city’s long-term planning. He was instrumental in the implementation of the city’s capital facilities plan. His leadership and involvement resulted in the fist LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certifid city hall in Arizona, improvements to the Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds and the construction of the MultiGenerational Center (MGC) and the Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center.

Powell has also worked closely with the city council over the past several years to develop a strategy for addressing the dire need for roadway improvements. Facing major budget limitations due to state sweeps and decreases in HURF (Highway User Revenue Funding), Powell’s diligence led to the successful implementation of a plan that will result in Apache Trail being repaved this summer and other roadway improvements. Beyond Powell’s involvement in large scale projects, he continues to improve the operations of the organization including increased communication with community partners and city employees.

Powell has held leadership positions and made significant contributions to organizations beyond the city of Apache Junction. Some of his activities include serving as the ex official for the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce board, a member of the East Valley Partnership board, serving on the Pinal County First Things First Regional Council, Arizona City Managers Association Conference Planning Chair and serving on Superstition Mountain Rotary, currently as the club president