Welcome to the Historic Town of Clarkdale
A 2012 Centennial Town
"A Place That Makes Sense"
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 5:30pm
8:00am - 12:00pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday
P.O. Box 308
39 North Ninth Street
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
(928) 639- 2400
Fax: (928) 639-2409
Historical Society & Museum
Mayor and Council
Mayor Doug Von Gausig
Originally Elected 2004
Re-Elected 2008 and 2012
I was born in Safford, Arizona in 1948. When I was a teenager I spent summers with my grandparents in their home in Cottonwood,
where my grandfather built and ran a Western Auto Store that was on the corner across the street from where the Tavern Grill
is now. I grew to love the Verde Valley and its small-town atmosphere and values, and especially the Verde River during those
summers. My deep roots in Arizona and the Verde Valley give me a valuable connection with the state and its issues.
War interceded in my plans for a continued education, as I was diverted by the country's needs to the US Air Force, where I
spent 6 years as a pilot. I was flying C-130s when I left the Air Force as a captain in 1976. I then became an independent biologist
in Arkansas. My two daughters, Krysta and Kara, were born while I was in the Air Force, and they still live in Arizona. Soon the necessities of family life
and a yearning to return to Arizona brought us back to the Verde Valley. I worked briefly with my father in his insurance and real estate agency, and
after a few years I bought the company and converted it to an insurance agency which I sold eight years later. It has since become the Butler-Leavitt
agency on Main Street in Cottonwood. As a commercial specialist in the agency, I handled the insurance for the Towns of Clarkdale and Jerome. My
son, Douglas was born in 1981 and attended Clarkdale elementary from Kindergarten through 8th Grade, then graduated from Mingus Union High School.
consulting company, Riparian Systems Consulting, worked on environmental issues, concentrating on conserving southwest rivers. I have been
a Clarkdale business owner for more than 20 years. For 10 years I operated a manufacturing business which made tourist-oriented items of copper, glass
and steel in lower Clarkdale.
love for the natural environment, especially the Verde River, have helped form my philosophy of sustainability. I was first elected Mayor in 2004 and have
been honored by re-election twice since then.
County Water Advisory Council, and the Northern Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, the Greater Arizona Mayors, and I devote a tremendous
amount of time to working on water issues. I believe passionately that the future of water in the Verde Valley is the future of the Verde Valley’s people
and economy, and I work virtually every day to encourage appropriate planning for a sustainable water future for the Valley. I also serve on the Arizona
Game and Fish Heritage Fund Advisory Board and am proud to be the President of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, where I work to make Arizona’s
cities and towns better places to live and do business.
Vice Mayor Richard Dehnert
Originally Elected 2008
Richard Dehnert was born in Galesburg, Ill and graduated from Shimer College in Mt. Carroll, Illinois with a BA in Humanities. Shortly
after college, he began a career in radio broadcasting as a news director at KSIL in Silver City, New Mexico. After a stint as
operations director at KATO in Safford, Arizona, Richard and his wife, Krysta, purchased KYBC (then KVIO) and moved to Cottonwood
along with their three young sons in 1979. Their daughter, Ellen, was born in Cottonwood in 1980. They built KVRD-FM in 1991,
subsequently selling their broadcast holdings to Yavapai Broadcasting in 1996. After several years of traveling the West, Richard
and Krysta settled in Clarkdale in 2001. They purchased a little brick Clarkdale classic in 2002 and have spent the ensuing years
enjoying the small town lifestyle of upper Clarkdale.
During his years as a broadcaster, Richard engaged in a number of community service activities, serving at various times as President of the Cottonwood
Chamber of Commerce, President of Verde Valley Rotary Club, Chairman of the Yavapai County Foster Care Review Board, and on other committees and
Richard is currently employed as Community Relations Coordinator for the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic. In addition to his Chamber duties, Richard
remains active in Rotary and serves as the Clinic’s representative on the MATForce Executive Committee and The Arizona Council of Human Service
Providers. He has served for several years on the Clarkdale Board of Adjustment.
Richard considers his service on the Clarkdale Town Council to be a continuation of his life-long dedication to community involvement. “I love Clarkdale
and look forward to the opportunity to serve the community as it faces the challenges ahead.” Vice Mayor Dehnert may be reached by email or phone
Councilmember Curtiss Bohall
Originally Elected 2006
I was born and raised in Randolph, NY, a small village about 60 miles south of Buffalo, and graduated from Randolph Central School
I enlisted in the U.S. Navy where I spent the next twenty years. After retirement from the Navy, I moved to Indiana, where I
worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms for 7 years as an Inspector, Regulatory Enforcement. When that office
was closed I left ATF and remained in Terre Haute and worked for International Minerals and Chemical Corporation in their R & D
department as a chemical pilot plant operator/technician.
In 1984, my high school sweetheart, Winnie, and I were married in Cottonwood, where she had been living since the mid 70's. I convinced her that
Indiana was a good place to live and we lived there for about a year and a half. One snowy day, after plowing a 1/4 mile of driveway, we decided
that Arizona was a better place to live. We've been here in the Verde Valley since 1985, and in Clarkdale since 1992.
Now that I have lived here longer than twenty years, which is longer than I have lived anywhere else, Clarkdale is my Home Town. I can be contacted
by leaving a message at Town Hall or by email.
Councilmember Bill Regner
Originally Elected 2010
I was born in LaGrande, Oregon into a military family and spent my childhood on U.S. Army posts all over the United States and
Japan. I graduated high school in Edina, MN and college at the University of Arizona in Tucson where I earned a bachelors degree
in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. I have also done graduate studies in Business Administration and the Education of
Emotionally Handicapped Children.
I met my wife of 33+ years, Janet, when we worked together directing a residential treatment center for adolescents in Mesa. We
have two grown sons, Jonathan and Douglas. My professional life includes time as a congressional aide in Washington, DC, behavioral
health management, small business management, sales, professional staffing recruitment, and human development. I feel strongly
that community is important and have tried to demonstrate that through my professional work and volunteering for committees, boards, and commissions.
We came to Clarkdale in 2001 to visit friends and fell deeply in love with the Verde Valley. We bought our lot that year and spent the next six figuring
out how to move here permanently. We finally moved up here from Tempe in 2007. Our house overlooking the Verde River was finished in 2008. Prior
to election to the Town Council, I served on the Planning Commission for over two years.
I love the small town sense of Clarkdale and look forward to the challenges that come with preserving that identity while enhancing our quality of life
and preparing for the future.
Councilmember Regner can be reached at (928) 639-2434 or by email.
Councilmember Scott Buckley
Councilmember Buckley was elected to office in 2014 and began
serving his first term on the Town Council on November 18, 2014.
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