COTTONWOOD – It wasn’t just that Tim Carter conducted close to 14 hours of interviews in barely 29 hours.
Looking for a replacement for Robb Williams on the Mingus Union High School District governing board would not be easy. But it would probably be quick, the Yavapai County School Superintendent said.
“We’ve gotten quite a few calls, texts,” Carter said Friday after finishing the last of nine nearly 90-minute interviews.
Committed to interviewing, selecting – then appointing a replacement – and then announcing same said appointment, all since Thursday, Carter whittled his list of nine candidates to one.
Steve Gesell, police chief with the City of Cottonwood, is Carter’s choice to join the Mingus Union school board. In a press release announcing the appointment, Carter stated that Gesell will represent the residents of the district “extremely well.”
“He exhibits a cooperative spirit and a service-oriented attitude, has a history of working in concert with others, and listening to diverse opinions,” Carter stated. “He interviewed extremely well, showing substantial knowledge of school operations and procedures.”
Having served on Mingus Union’s two most recent superintendent search committees, Gesell’s “understanding of educational structure may stem from the parallel that school districts have with city councils,” Carter said.
“He should complement the existing board members very well, while bringing different perspectives, and a strong personality,” Carter said.
Though Mingus Union board president Anita Glazar has never met Gesell, she said the board will “appreciate his perspective and work in making our…
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