Cochise County employee is first to join prestigious leadership academy


Cochise County employee Jacob Jones Martinez has been selected to participate in a prestigious statewide program designed to cultivate the future leaders of Arizona.


Jones Martinez, who works in the Health & Social Services Department, is the first County staff member to be chosen as a Flinn-Brown Fellow, a nonpartisan initiative run by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, and supported by the Flinn Foundation.


The goal of the program, which involves a 12-part seminar series, is to help experienced leaders from all perspectives and walks of life to succeed in Arizona state government as policymakers, staff experts, decision makers, and advisors.


“I want to be able to advocate on behalf of Cochise County more effectively, as well as to learn how to better serve our citizens. Working for the health department, I get to travel all over the county working with communities to help them address their health needs, and we often reach out to our partners and statewide organizations to help find solutions. This program will help me do that more effectively,” Jones Martinez said.


Topics covered throughout the series include K-12 and higher education, healthcare, transportation, water resources, arts and culture, military affairs, and leading by example. More than 300 people are now members of the Flinn-Brown Network.


“The 2018 Fellows will further enhance the Flinn-Brown Network, which provides long-term support for Fellows to help advance Arizona,” said Nancy Welch, director of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.


Jones Martinez added, “I am grateful and honored to have been chosen for this program. I’m looking forward to sharing the Cochise County perspective on topics relating to us and learning how others are addressing similar issues.”


County Administrator Ed Gilligan said, “This is wonderful news not only for Jacob, but for Cochise County. As an organization the County actively encourages its employees to participate in civic and leadership programs which help to advance their own careers, as well as helping provide quality services to our citizens. We are delighted Jacob has been selected for this program.”