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City Council membersSandy Moriarty, mayor
Sandy was reared in Seattle, Washington, and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Economics. She also lived in Oregon, Florida & Alaska. She moved to Sedona in January, 1972, when Sedona was a town of about 4,000, unincorporated, and split between two counties. Sandy worked for the local branch of the Phoenix CPA firm Walker & Armstrong for 31 years, and is now a self-employed accountant.
Soon after coming to Sedona, Sandy became involved in getting Sedona incorporated. The community was already growing, and she agreed with others that we needed to make our own decisions rather than have Flagstaff or Prescott control our future. Incorporating Sedona was not an easy task, as state legislation had to be passed to allow the city to incorporate across county lines. After serving on three committees over a 15 year period, voters approved incorporation in December 1987, and in January 1988, the city of Sedona became a reality.
Sandy has volunteered for a variety of organizations and activities across the state, in the Verde Valley, and in Sedona, including AYSO youth soccer, Good Morning Sedona, Southwest Public Recycling Association and Verde Valley Wine Consortium. She is a founder of Sedona Recycles and served on the board for nearly 20 years, and is also a founder of Sedona Winefest. She served on the city’s Wastewater and Effluent Disposal & Land Use Task Force for two years, Housing Commission for six years, and also on the Service Contract Review Work Group.
John Martinez, vice mayor
Key lessons the children learned were discipline—homework before playing outside with friends—and frugality in a family of 10 where everyone learned to understand the value of a dollar and to spend carefully and wisely.
John graduated from California State University Long Beach with a degree in Finance. He worked during the day and went to school at night. He worked as a janitor for Snappy Taco and forklift driver at Mattel Toys. His career in finance included financial analyst with Beckman Instruments, plant controller at Hunt-Wesson Foods, director of manufacturing accounting for ConAgra Foods and Sarbanes-Oxley auditor for Boeing. He moved to the Sedona area in 2005 and was hired as director of finance for Nutri-Health Supplements in Cottonwood, Ariz.
John met Carol, the love of his life, have family all around California. His hobbies include traveling, playing sports (softball and soccer), reading and attending Phoenix Coyotes hockey games.John provides consulting expertise for small companies that require budgeting and forecasting assistance. As a member of the city Budget Oversight Commission John provided input to the city budget submission for fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
Bill Chisholm, councilor
John attended Cornell University on a Navy ROTC scholarship, and received a bachelor-of-science degree in electrical engineering. He also holds masters degrees in electrical engineering and aeronautical systems. He served as a Navy jet pilot and was a flight instructor in the Navy’s Advanced Jet Training Command. The Navy sent John to Cornell Law School, where he graduated summa cum laude. He then served in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a prosecutor, as the senior attorney aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, and as a judge.
After completing his military service with the rank of vommander, John spent 28 years as a tax lawyer at Jones Day, a global law firm, with a focus on tax planning for small businesses. In his spare time he was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve Law School in Cleveland, Ohio, and served as Treasurer and Finance Chair of a large condominium association.
John and wife Pat were married in 1996 at Red Rock Crossing. They fell in love with Sedona and bought property in the city in 2003, and bought their current home in 2009. When John retired in 2012, he and Pat were able to fulfill their dream of living in Sedona full-time.
John served three years on Sedona’s Planning and Zoning Commission, participated in the Programs Working Team that helped present the Community Plan to the public, and served on the Design Review Work Group. John and Pat love hiking, Jeeping, and horseback riding in Red Rock Country.
Janice Hudson, councilor
Janice Hudson first visited Sedona from her native Canada, over 15 years ago and knew it would eventually be her home. Janice and husband Curt were married in Sedona in 2012. Together they have four children, seven grandchildren and 2two great-grandchildren. Janice had an senior management career in government and the private health care sector with over 20 years of experience providing oversight on operational and capital programs, and balancing billion-dollar budgets, as well as developing and implementing policy, legislation and regulations. Janice holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration as well as certifications in mediation and negotiation and clinical counseling. Janice strongly believes in the value of volunteerism and giving back to the community. She has served on the city’s Personnel Board and Citizen Budget Work Group for the last four years. Janice is a member of the League of Women Voters and Sedona Women. She has also served our community by volunteering with the Arizona Crisis Team.
Scott Jablow, councilor
Scott holds a degree in criminal justice and worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for over 30 years, first as a police officer and later Senior Police Accident investigator receiving specialized training through Northwestern University and the U.S Department of Transportation. Scott also received specialized training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and served in the Police Emergency Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Unit. As a community leader on Long Island, Scott received three prestigious awards for his work: a Legislative Resolution by the New York State Assembly, New York State Proclamation from the state Senate Majority Leader, and a Town Citation by the Town of Hempstead Supervisor. Prior to his election to the Sedona City Council, Scott served on the board of the Sedona Fire District, city Planning and Zoning Commission and Personnel Board.
Jessica Williamson, councilor
Jessica was born in Los Angeles and reared in Santa Barbara. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Sociology. She moved to New York City with her husband so he could attend Columbia University. They lived in New York City for 30 years, where Jessica worked for the city, her last position as director of Departmental Affairs at the Department of Design and Construction, the agency in charge of cleaning up the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. Jessica spent some time stationed at the site as part of the cleanup team.
The Williamsons moved to West Sedona in 2003. Jessica says Sedona's beauty still takes her breath away. You may see her at the Sedona Dog Park where she often thinks that dogs exist to make her laugh. Jessica gardens, with mixed success; she likes to read and belongs to a political book club. She tries to work out at least three times a week, but also likes to cook and makes a very tasty cheesecake.