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Deputy City Manager Josh Copley
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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 participated in a nationwide search and was selected for the postion of Flagstaff Deputy City Manager. He is responsible for the City Clerk's Office; Community Development (Affordable Housing & Housing Authority, Building & Safety, Engineering, and Planning and Zoning); Fire Department, Information Technology, Management Services, Real Estate and Utilities.   

Prior to his career 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.  

Josh has been married to Karen for 28 years and they have two children:  Emilie who is studying to become a teacher at the University of Arizona and Seth who is currently in the U.S. Marine Corps and recently completed his second tour in Afghanistan.