Pima County’s longtime administrator will have another four years on the job. This week the board of supervisors voted to extend the contract of Chuck Huckelberry. However, they also approved a pay reduction of several thousand dollars to $292,000 annually, denying Huckelberry’s initial request for a raise earlier this month. The vote came down on party lines, with lone Republican Steve Christy the only supervisor to object. Three of the five supervisors were elected to their seats in November, including Dr. Matt Heinz, who represents District 2. Heinz explained his vote.
“I had some concerns about the length of the contract but the reason I thought it made sense to move ahead was I believe we were hearing the county employees and the public and doing what they asked us to in acknowledging that right now is not a really good time for example to give the highest paid county employee a raise,” Heinz said.
Huckelberry has served as Pima County’s administrator since 1993. For a deeper understanding of the influence the position can amass, we turned to former Tucson Mayor and University of Arizona political science professor Tom Volgy.