STEPHEN J. PAUKEN
21 Williamson Avenue
Winslow, AZ 86047
The City of Winslow operates under the council-manager form of local government. Council-manager government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed manager or administrator. All power and authority to set policy rests with an elected governing body which includes a mayor or chairperson and members of the council, commission or board. The governing body in turn hires a nonpartisan manager who has very broad authority to run the organization Born out of the U.S. progressive reform movement at the turn of the 20th century, the council-manager system was designed to combat corruption and unethical activity in local government by promoting effective management within a transparent, responsive, and accountable structure. Since its establishment, the council-manager form has become the most popular structure of local government in the United States.
Stephen is a native of Maumee, Ohio. He served as a Member of the Maumee City Council from 1984-1993 and then as Mayor from 1993-1999.
In 1999, Stephen became the Town Administrator of Berthoud, Colorado, and served in the same capacity in the Town of Frederick, Colorado.
In 2006, Stephen went to work as the City Manager of Bisbee, Arizona, and in 2014 he started his current job as the City Manager of Winslow, Arizona.
A product of Maumee parochial and public schools, he received an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Heidelberg College of Tiffin, Ohio.
Stephen has served on a multitude of boards and commissions during his career in local government in the areas of water, solid waste and recycling, establishment of a National Historic Site and economic development. He is a Chair Emeritus of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments and the Southeast Arizona Governments Organization Administrative Council.
When he is not working, Stephen enjoys photgraphing Arizona's many wonderful landscapes. More recently, he has taken up astrophotography, taking advantage of the clear night skies. His other obession is his muscle car which he enjoys taking to car shows around Arizona.