Council slated to choose planning commissioners<br>Two incumbents, four other applicants, are candidates

The Cottonwood City Council has a bevy of applicants from which to choose for two Planning and Zoning Commission seats when the council conducts its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers Building, 826 N. Main St.

The terms of commissioners Sam Rodriguez and Cecil Bergeron expired Dec. 31.

According to a memorandum from Community Development Director Jerry Owen, both Rodriguez and Bergeron "expressed their desire to continue to serve on the commission."

Owen said Rodriguez was first appointed to the commission in September 1993 and was elected commission chairman in July 2001. Bergeron was appointed in February 1996, he said.

"Sam Rodriguez and Cecil Bergeron were our most experienced commission members," said the community development director.

Owen also said two people who applied previously – Alan J. Waldman and Ara O. Call – asked that their applications be resubmitted. Two new applications were received from Robert W. (Bob) Rothrock and Edmund E. (Ed) Kiyler, he said.

Call, a one-year resident but three-year homeowner in the city, lives in the 2200 block of West Roper Lane.

Working for the Bechtel Power Group and subsidiaries, he has been a project engineer and project manager – as well as a manager of ownership, operations and maintenance – of electric generating stations.

Call is a registered professional mechanical engineer, having a current California license, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Mining Engineers. He studied chemistry at Brigham Young University and chemical engineering at San Jose State University.

According to his application, Call has done general labor for Habitat For Humanity in Cottonwood; has been a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America in Santa Clara, Calif.; and has been involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in various communities, serving as a bishop, high councilman, Sunday school teacher, and youth leader.

Kiyler, a two-year city resident, lives in the 1900 block of West Trail Blazer Drive. He now serves as president of the city's Personnel Board.

Having 42 years of law-enforcement experience, Kiyler worked for the Arizona Lottery from December 1981 until retiring in September 2000. While there, he was an investigations supervisor and then directors of security and operations from 1991 until retirement.

According to his application, Kiyler's work experience includes investigating white-collar crime and 10 years' experience in preparing policies, procedures and budgets. He also studied criminal justice and police administration in ongoing classes at Phoenix College, 1959-1966.

Kiyler served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from May 1953 to May 1955. He was a 1951 graduate of Phoenix Union High School.

Rothrock, a 22-year city resident, lives in the 1000 block of East Ash Drive. He has 20 years' experience as a public school teacher, mostly teaching social studies in middle school, and 16 years in rental-property management.

According to his application, Rothrock served on the city's Public Library Board from 1980 until the new library was completed, and as a member of the Cottonwood Education Association. He is a member of the Arizona Education Association.

A state-certified teacher and principal, he has a bachelor's degree in education from Indiana University and a master's degree in education administration from Northern Arizona University.

In summer 2000, Rothrock participated in a Verde Valley-wide planning symposium.

Waldman, almost a two-year city resident, lives in the 200 block of South Desparado Drive. A licensed, registered pharmacist and a businessman since 1957, he works at Fry's Pharmacy in Cottonwood and recently became a part-owner of Parcel Service Plus.

According to his application, Waldman has worked for all major pharmacy chains during his career and previously owned a chain of stores in Louisville, Ky. He received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy, with a minor in business, from Butler Univeristy.

Waldman is a board member and acting treasurer for Old Town Association. He previously served as treasurer for different homeowner associations. He also was a prior candidate for the city council but withdrew due to residency requirements not being met, he said.

Reporter Guinda Reeves may be contacted at


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