FLORENCE — Louis M. Andersen was chosen by a majority of Pinal County supervisors Wednesday to be the next Pinal County manager, the county announced in a tweet.
Andersen, the county’s public works director for the past six years, will become manager after the retirement of current Manager Greg Stanley in October. Andersen is an Air Force veteran, earned an MBA from City University in Seattle and completed Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Management Program at Harvard University.
The Board of Supervisors previously stated a preference for choosing the next county manager from within the county’s existing ranks. Other top finalists for the job were Christopher Keller, chief civil deputy in the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, and Leo Lew, assistant county manager.
Andersen’s resume says that as public works director, he already works with more than 200 professional colleagues while administering a $130 million annual budget. He further negotiates and administers contracts and intergovernmental agreements and coordinates and collaborates with 11 cities and towns, Pima and Maricopa counties, four tribal communities, two metropolitan planning organizations and one council of governments.
He coordinates the operations and activities of the Public Works Department; manages priorities, identifies critical issues, resolves conflicts and assures the effective completion of public works projects; and successfully coordinates Public Works Department programs and strategies. He also ensures his department’s compliance with county policies and local, state and federal regulations.
Andersen lists among his top contributions and accomplishments several of the county’s recent major road and bridge projects. The first three phases of Hunt Highway expansion were completed on time and under budget, he said. He also reorganized his department and eliminated three mid-level management positions, reducing cost and increasing customer and staff response times. Among other accomplishments, Andersen:
- Created the county’s Real Property Division, establishing an accurate inventory of all Pinal County properties, and a process to vet each one through all departments prior to disposition. To date, 55 county-owned properties have been sold and are back on the tax rolls.
Coordinated the Pinal Regional Transportation Plan, working with Central Arizona Governments and cities and towns to develop a regionally supported plan for transportation infrastructure that was approved by voters.
- Successfully negotiated multiple land purchases and infrastructure improvements to secure the site selection of major developers to obtain more regional jobs.
- Established the Public Works Department’s first five-year Capital Improvement Plan.