About City Administration

2019 city admin group photo
Back From Left to Right: Interim City Administrator, Jay Simonton, Jeff Burt, Rick Power, Brandee Remeika, Dave Nash, Justin Lewis, and Chris Wood.
Front From Left to Right: Laura Cuen, Carrie Ring, Susan Cowey, Madeleine Coil, Joanne Fiser, and Kathy Moon.
Not pictured: Lucy Valencia and Laurie Neinast.

John “Jay” Simonton leads the City of Yuma as the City Council-appointed Interim City Administrator. Simonton is an engineering graduate of Northern Arizona University, who continued pursuing higher education by completing a master’s degree in public administration. He joined the City in 2003 as the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Project Manager. After several years collaborating with leaders across various department to manage and strategically plan capital projects and equipment purchases, he was promoted to Director of the Utilities Department in May 2010.  Simonton served as the Director of Utilities for nearly nine years, leading both the systems division (comprised of the water transmission and distribution section, the wastewater collection section and the customer services section) as well as the treatment division. Simonton is known amongst the Executive Directors within the City of Yuma for his can-do attitude and strive to provide the best customer service to internal and external customers. As Yuma continued to grow, Simonton’s focus was on ensuring Yuma’s water was always safe, potable and accessible to residents and commercial businesses, including our agriculture partners in the region. In January 2019, City leadership promoted Simonton to Deputy City Administrator, the second highest ranking position in the municipality where he took on new management responsibilities and roles. 

On April 26, the Yuma City Council made the decision to appoint Simonton to serve as the Interim City Administrator as they accepted the retirement of former the City Administrator. Simonton looks forward to continuing to lead Yuma with positive momentum, and using his expertise to build upon the “United for Yuma” campaign to boost civic pride. Simonton and his wife Deborah have been married for 26 years. They have three children. When he isn’t working, Simonton enjoys woodworking, building furniture and riding UTV’s in the desert.

The City Administrator is the chief administrative officer of the city organization and is appointed by the Mayor and Council to serve in that capacity. The City Administrator oversees the operations of the city organization and its 800-plus full time staff.

As chief administrative officer, he is charged with everything the City does for the citizens of this community. All employees serve under the direction of the City Administrator and he implements the policies and directions adopted by the City Council.

City Administration encompasses several divisions:

  • The City Clerk's Office manages and stores all official records of the City of Yuma. The City Clerk conducts all elections of the City.
  • Media and Public Affairs exists to provide information to citizens of Yuma and the various regional/national media outlets about City and community initiatives, projects and events.
  • The City of Yuma's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is the City's financial plan for the improvement and/or construction of municipal infrastructure. The purpose of the City's CIP is to identify and address infrastructure needs while adopting the goals and policies set forth by City Council and the City of Yuma General Plan.
  • The City of Yuma’s Office of Economic Development is taking a proactive approach to better address the increased demands and challenges facing our local businesses by shifting resources and time in order to enhance outreach and ombudsman services.
  • The focus of Heritage Festivals is to organize and host festivals in collaboration with our Downtown Merchants working to meet our community needs and enhance our shared quality of life in Yuma’s Historic Downtown District.
  • The Facilities Maintenance Division is responsible for the 150,000 square foot City Hall building and the maintenance of Public Works, Yuma Police Department and Municipal Court House.