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3/14/2013 1:52:00 PM
German wins mayor's race; voters approve sewer questions
Charlie German, who has lived in Camp Verde since the 1950s, was elected mayor on Tuesday night. The Town of Camp Verde's acquisition of the sanitary district was also approved.
Charlie German, who has lived in Camp Verde since the 1950s, was elected mayor on Tuesday night. The Town of Camp Verde's acquisition of the sanitary district was also approved.

Raquel Hendrickson
Bugle Managing Editor

CAMP VERDE - Camp Verde will have a new mayor this spring. It will also have a municipal sewer.

With a 34 percent voter participation in an all-mail election Tuesday, long-time resident Charlie German came out ahead of two-term incumbent Bob Burnside in the mayor's race. "I guess I've really stepped into the middle of it," German said.

In the unofficial count, German drew 1,031 votes, which was 55.91 percent. Burnside had 43.93 percent.

"I was feeling pretty good about [the election]," German said. "But everything was so quiet, and Bob and I both have similar views on a lot of issues."

By a similar margin, Camp Verde voters approved putting the Sanitary District in the trusteeship of the Town of Camp Verde. The members of the Sanitary District also voted to dissolve the district. Both votes advance the Town's quest to take over the sewer.

Like many supporters, Sanitary District Manager Jan Grogan was surprised at the approval. She said the district did not have a lot of meetings with the town beforehand without knowing if the work would be in vain. Now the meetings between the district and Town staff will begin in earnest. The acquisition involves seven sewer employees.

"As I understand it, everything will stay as is until July 1," she said. "Then we will start merging with the Town."

It was a big issue upon which both Mayor Burnside and German agreed.

Still, German was surprised it passed on its first introduction to the public.

"There are still so many questions," he said. "Especially if people in Verde Lakes want to come in."

Having municipal control of the sewer was seen by supporters as a key to economic development. And economic development is what German sees as the first order of business.

"We'll need to get our heads together and wrapped around the ideas presented by the economic development director and formulate that into a plan," he said. "Those are bits and pieces of what I've been thinking about as well but never put together quite like he did."

Those new ideas from Economic Director Steve Ayers include promotion of heritage sites of nature, culture and agriculture.

German said Camp Verde cannot be an island unto itself but also cannot be like other communities such as Sedona or Cottonwood as it moves forward with its own identity.

Also in the election, four candidates were uncontested for four council seats. Robin Whatley and Jackie Baker were re-elected, and Brad Gordon joins them in four-year terms. Jessie Jones, originally an appointee, was re-elected to a two-year term.

Taylor Waste

Camp Verde Municipal Election Unofficial Results
Camp Verde Mayor

Bob Burnside - 810 - 43.93%

Charlie German - 1031 -55.91%

Camp Verde Town Council

4-year term

Jackie Baker - 1231 - 33.56%

Bradford Gordon- 1188 - 32.39%

Robin Whatley - 1200 - 33.72%

Camp Verde Town Council

2-year term

Jessie Jones - 1353 - 98.54%

Camp Verde Acquisition of Sanitary District

Yes - 994 - 56.77%

No - 757 - 42.23%

Camp Verde Sanitary District Dissolution

Yes - 310 - 57.94%

No - 225 - 42.06%

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Way to go

I sincerely hope I am wrong, but the past is the best predictor of the future. I strongly encourage Charlie and Carol to publicly make developing the park a priority (not just in word, but in deed).

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Debbie Engle

Congratulations Charlie German!

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: German Supporter

@way to go
Based on what.? Just your opinion and that makes it so!!!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Article comment by: Way to go

Well done Camp Verde...the town park just got much harder to build anytime soon. German & German will stall, delay, create roadblocks, and etc.

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