Queen Creek Town Manager Receives Prestigious John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award
The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) selected Queen Creek’s Town Manager, John Kross, to receive their highest distinction in local government, the 2018 John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence award. The award honors an individual who has dedicated themselves to public service throughout their career, going above and beyond the organizations in which they have served.
“On behalf of the Town Council, we could not be prouder of our Town Manager,” stated Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “John has been an outstanding leader for this organization during a very critical period. John works tirelessly to ensure Queen Creek is a fantastic community for our residents and businesses, a positive work environment for our employees and an innovative organization. I cannot think of someone more committed to public service, making him extremely deserving of this award.”
John has dedicated 27 years to public service, serving as the Town Manager for Queen Creek since 2006. During John’s tenure, the Town’s financial position has strengthened, despite the tremendous growth in Queen Creek and the Great Recession. The Town’s bond rating has continued to increase, with the most upgrade rating the Town AA with a positive outlook.
John has ensured strategic planning for Queen Creek, which is vital as Queen Creek is a young, growing community requiring the development of critical infrastructure. During his time as the Town Manger, the Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department was established, the Town acquired the Queen Creek Water Company and H2O, and numerous roads have been designed and constructed, with other significant transportation improvements currently in the works.
Throughout the planning, investment and growth, John has ensured the Town remains a quality place to live – 98% of residents reported Queen Creek is a good or excellent place to live in the 2017 Citizen Survey. To help further John’s leadership skills, he attended the Harvard Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program in 2014.
Beyond effectively leading the Town of Queen Creek, John has made significant contributions at the regional and state level. John has served as mentor through the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs Marvin Andrews Fellowship Program, served on a number of committees for ACMA and serves as the chair of the TOPAZ Regional Wireless Cooperative (overseeing the implementation and management of the East Valley’s emergency radio response system), to name just a few of his contributions to public service.
“John is a consummate professional who has been dedicated to the highest level of public management and excellence over the course of his career,” stated former Coconino County Manager Cynthia Seelhammer. “I cannot praise him enough for his careful, measured, serious dedication to the profession of local government.”
Prior to serving as Queen Creek’s Town Manager, John served as the Town’s Assistant Town Manager for two years and the Community Development Director for eight years. John began his career in planning and development finance in Wisconsin in 1989. He continued in the field, relocating to Arizona in 1991 and worked for the cities of Wickenburg and Phoenix, and the Town of Gilbert.“I am so very grateful for this recognition,” stated Town Manager John Kross. “I’ve had the honor to learn from the best in our profession, and work alongside a talented group of employees at the Town. Of course, a special thank you to my wife, Julie for her unending support and patience. It’s a wonderful time to be in public management, ensuring we are doing all we can to help our communities succeed.”
Pictured (from left): ACMA President Shane Dille, Queen Creek Town Manager John Kross and Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer