Town Manager History
Clarkdale's 1st Town Manager
Sept. 1983 - Jan. 1996
C. Pat Spence
Clarence "Pat" Spence, who was born in Charleston, IL, was appointed as Clarkdale's first Town Manager on September 27, 1983 when the Clarkdale Town Council adopted the Council-Manager form of government for Clarkdale.
Mr. Spence had worked for the Town of Clarkdale since 1972, starting as a volunteer reserve Police Officer and moving up through the ranks to eventually serve as Police Chief. He continued to serve as both the Police Chief and Town Manager after his appointment to the Manager's position in 1983.
Mr. Spence passed away on February 9, 2011.
Clarkdale's 2nd Town Manager
Feb. 1996 - Jan. 1998
Jay Trewern served the Town of Clarkdale from June, 1983 through January, 1998. During his 15 year tenure with Clarkdale, he served in various capacities, including as the Town Clerk, Finance Director, Assistant Town Manager, and as Clarkdale's second Town Manager from February 1996 - January 1998.
March 1998 - June 2019
Gayle Mabery served as the Clarkdale Town Manager for 21 years, from March, 1998 until her retirement in June, 2019. A Clarkdale native, Ms. Mabery attended Northern Arizona University where she earned her B.S. in Business Administration in 1992.
Town Manager Mabery is a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association and a member of the Arizona City/County Management Association, having served as President in 2007. In 2006, Ms. Mabery completed Harvard University's Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Southwest Leadership Program and one of the founders of Verde Valley Leadership, Inc.
In 2016, Ms. Mabery received the John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award from the Arizona City/County Management Association, which is the highest award given by the organization to honor excellence in the city management profession.
Ms. Mabery was also selected through the Center for the Future of Arizona as an honoree for The Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards. Ms. Mabery received the 2018 Community Builder Award (for Small Cities/Towns under 100,000 population) given in recognition of her efforts to advance community pride and connectedness through such areas as job creation and training, healthy communities, environmental and historical preservation, volunteer and philanthropic efforts, and educational advancement.