Maricopa County board names replacement supervisor

Jack Sellers takes the oath of office Feb. 13 for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Jack Sellers takes the oath of office Feb. 13 for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has chosen a state board chairman and former Chandler City Council member to be the supervisor for District 1, which includes Gilbert.

Jack Sellers, chairman of the Arizona State Transportation Board, was unanimously appointed Feb. 13 to fill Gilbert resident Denny Barney’s term, which ends in 2020.

Barney resigned effective Feb. 1 to concentrate on his duties as president and chief executive officer of the East Valley Partnership. That group is a coalition of community, business, education and government leaders whose goal is to provide leadership and support for the East Valley region.

The board chose Sellers from among 13 applicants for the position.

“I feel like we are at a point right now where the next several years is going to be critical for us in defining our transportation infrastructure for the future, and I felt some concern going into my last year on the state transportation board about how I was going to be able to play a key role in that,” Sellers said. “Now I feel serving on this board gives me the opportunity to do that.”

Regional transportation is among the varied topics for which the supervisors have input and oversight on the county’s behalf.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.