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Flagstaff City Manager Josh Copley

Josh began his service to the citizens of Flagstaff in 1985 when he was hired as a police officer.  Over the next 26 years he worked his way up through the ranks of the Flagstaff Police Department and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2006.  Throughout his law enforcement career Josh worked in a variety of assignments including undercover narcotics, the DARE program, hostage negotiations, bike patrol and bomb disposal. 

After retirement from the police department Josh was selected for the postion of Flagstaff Deputy City Manager. He served in that capacity for more than 3 years prior to becoming City Manager in August 2015.

Prior to his career(s) in Flagstaff, Josh served for six years in the United States Coast Guard.

Josh graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  Additionally he holds a Master’s degree in Management as well as a Certificate of Public Management from Northern Arizona University.  

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Stephanie Smith, Assistant to City Manager
Ph: (928) 213-2078 

About Our City Government Structure

In the council-manager form of government, the council is the governing body of the city, elected by the public, and the manager is hired by the council to carry out the policies it establishes. The council usually consists of five to nine members including a mayor (or council president) who is either selected by the council or elected by the people as defined in the city charter. The size of the council is generally smaller than that of a mayor-council municipality and council elections are usually nonpartisan.

The council provides legislative direction while the manager is responsible for day-to-day administrative operations of the city based on the council’s recommendations. The mayor and council, as a collegial body, are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, and determining the tax rate. The manager serves as the council’s chief advisor. Managers also serve at the pleasure of the council and are responsible for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, and hiring and firing personnel.

Typically, the mayor is recognized as the political head of the municipality but is a member of the legislative body and does not have the power to veto legislative actions.

For more information on the Council - Manager form of government, please visit LifeWellRun.org