4/18/2012 8:08:00 AM McConnell hands over PACO operations
Jerry Franklin, left, shown here meeting with congressman Paul Gosar at a recent event, will take over some of the administrative duties temporarily for outgoing PACO president Creagan McConnell.
Special to the Review
Paulden Area Community Organization (PACO) President Creagan McConnell turned over operations to the PACO Board of Directors during the group's April 5 meeting. This move brought to a close the temporary term McConnell was elected to serve in November 2011, following the end of his previous term.
"I have agreed to remain on as president temporarily in order to assure a smooth transition as this newly elected Board learns and adapts to their duties as directors of this organization," McConnell told the Board in November.
McConnell recently stated he now feels that the Board is ready and capable to continue the work and service PACO has provided the community over the past nearly dozen years.
McConnell served as president for the organization since elected in 2007; taking over from PACO's first President Peter Atonna.
Acting PACO officers, Vice President Jerry Franklin, Secretary Jane Anderson and Treasurer Kathy Stump with Directors Starr Bennett, Valerie Jensen, James Haley and Howard Hughes will be deciding on and planning for permanent board assignments in the near future. McConnell will remain on the board as a director in an advisory role.
"It has been my honor to lead this organization, to achieve respect for and recognition of PACO throughout Yavapai County and indeed the State of Arizona," said McConnell. "PACO has done a great deal for the community by stepping forward to protect water resources, a concern that will continue for years to come, to hosting Paulden Clean Up Days, with the much appreciated assistance of Yavapai County and especially Supervisor Carol Springer."
McConnell also recalled the many social events, including the Paulden Fall Festival, Arts & Crafts Show, the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus - scheduled to return to Paulden in Spring 2013, and the organization of assistance to fire victims and PACO's Holiday Gifting Program.
"PACO has meant a lot to and will continue to provide meaningful contributions in making Paulden the place we want it to be," said McConnell.
"While much has changed since PACO began in 2001, the core goals of PACO to provide community service, promote civic awareness and to preserve and protect Paulden's independent nature, rural character and water resources have remained the key to PACO's success," added McConnell. "The community has seen the beginnings of rampant growth encroach upon their rural setting and resisted these changes. Paulden's Big Chino Aquifer is being threatened and PACO continues to fight for a mitigation plan that will protect local wells and save the Upper Verde River."
Confusion over emergency service has prompted PACO to push for legislation to discuss and eliminate the source of confusion, by requiring disclosure of emergency service status to realtors, insurance carriers, and lenders.
The first event the PACO Board will take on is the upcoming "Salute to Paulden Veterans" at the Annual Paulden Picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Paulden Community Center.
Lunch will be served at noon with ceremonies scheduled throughout the day.
PACO is reaching out to Paulden Area Veterans to have their names included on a perpetual plaque to be on permanent display.
Please contact Committee Chair James Haley at 928-458-5967 or 928-636-0520 Jerry Franklin.