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Board of Supervisors Announces Next County Manager

June 28, 2023

Navajo County Board of Supervisors Select New County Manager

NAVAJO COUNTY – Navajo County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the selection of Bryan Layton as its next County Manager, effective July 19, 2023. The Board of Supervisors made the appointment following an extensive recruitment process conducted by Strategic Government Resources (SGR), recruiting services for a nationwide search that brought a total of 19 applicants for the position. Bryan Layton will replace Glenn Kephart, who announced his retirement effective July 18th, 2023. Kephart has spent 35 years in public service, the last seven in Navajo County as County Manager.

The Board of Supervisors held final interviews with the candidates on June 13, 2023, at the County offices in Holbrook, Arizona.

“Congratulations Bryan on being selected as the new Navajo County Manager,” stated Chairman Peshlakai. “You’ve worked hard and have shown that you’re capable of taking on this role. I am excited to see what new ideas and plans that you have in store for our team. You have always been a great assistant county manager and have shown that you have the skills and experience to take on this new challenge. I know you will do an amazing job and I am looking forward to seeing you thrive in this new position.”

Bryan Layton is the current Assistant County Manager and Human Resources Director for Navajo County. Bryan has over 17 years of governmental experience and holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration. Bryan Layton has worked for Navajo County for over 7 years.

“I am deeply humbled by the Board’s support to take on this new role,” said Bryan Layton. “Glenn Kephart has been an incredible leader and personal friend, and he has driven a tremendous amount of positive change here. This really is an exciting time to work for Navajo County and continue building something special with regional projects such as the new Broadband Middle Mile Network, the Winslow Levy, and the Regional Public Safety Communications project. It truly is a tremendous organization with a great work culture and supported by wonderful people.”

The Navajo County Board of Supervisors looks forward to continuing their collaborative working relationship with Bryan Layton in his new role as County Manager to serve the residents of Navajo County.


For more information:
Contact Alicia Deets
Navajo County Communications Specialist