The Godfather of all Arizona local government bureaucrats, Pima County Administrator, Charles H. Huckelberry is turning 71 this November.
Unfortunately, we have not arrived in the technological evolution of machine learning, where we can run a brain direct, AI-software download of all the various “tips & tricks” Boss Huck has mastered these 47 years in local government (CA since ‘93).
But honestly, it would be a crying shame to lose that kind of deep institutional knowledge.
I realize many, including myself, have had their differences with Mr. Huckelberry, but just once, couldn’t a more practical and pragmatic approach be warranted? Half of one is better than all of none.
If you’re going to stand-up a new municipality from scratch, you have to have a management team in place to make it work.
That ‘new municipality’ being a combination of adjacent Casas Adobes and Flowing Wells. With the county’s second largest tax base, it’s a combination crying out for self-determination from the predatory PimaCo fossil, just as I noted in 3 Municipal Combos Will End PimaCo’s Corrupt Reign.
Who better to be its first Mayor than its most illustrious resident & favorite son, Chuck Huckelberry?
It can be a 2-year term with limits, if they want to go in that direction….hey, this is a political startup, and its characteristics are not unsimilar to a new tech-startup in Silicon Valley.
Flowing Wells & Casas Adobes have a world of mutual complementarities. And with appx. 90,000 people together, and more land to the West than the 2 CDP’s (Census Designated Place) present limits (31 sq.miles).
But first you must get enough people on board who are genuinely disgusted with PimaCo. My sense is both CDPs have a long, long animus with the County. And it is more institutional than personal.
Yet, Mr. Huckelberry has made a serious & valuable career understanding that nuance-point in the governmental ether—where politics, public mood, managing people, and supervisor personalities all merge, under the rubric of Law.
So why wouldn’t he be the perfect CMO? Chief Mayoral Officer of this startup? Mayor of Casas-Wells Charles H. Huckelberry.
By now, Boss Huck has obviously learned how to make things happen (without going to jail) in Pima County. I seriously doubt he would jeopardize that skill-set repository from this point forward. Plus, being a Mayor is both a challenge and an adventure. (Huck, you’re gonna miss the PimaCo power)
And frankly, it’s more important from a developmental “Tucson Metro” standpoint that a ‘CasasWells’ comes into existence. Way, way more important.
This idea is not for those of you who believe more governmental centralization, i.e. PimaCo Forever, or Tucson Everywhere is the wave of the future. (Won’t work, the tech, culture, & outside world are flashing red)
Because that’s where you’re headed; “fire-up those boilers! damn the technology & competition roadmaps! full steam ahead!”
P.S. While Huckelberry would be a shoo-in for Mayor, he’s still getting the Golden Barnacle Award for 2020.
Sellers is a South Park Republican who lives in incorporated Oro Valley. His background is federal tech-transfer commercialization. He is on Facebook.