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Jo Lewis new RVFD Office Administrator

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Jo Lewis new RVFD Office Administrator

The job as office administrator for the Rio Verde Fire District can often be a challenging job. The work can entail working with county, state and federal agencies on a regular basis and understanding the requirements. So when Debra Centrella, administrative manager for the district the past five and a half years, announced earlier this year she would be leaving the area, the challenge became finding a replacement. It appears they have found someone who is up to the task. Jo Lewis, who Rio Verde residents may remember as the membership administrator for Rio Verde Country Club, has taken the job and has been working with Centrella the past couple of weeks in a transitional period. A native of the Midwest, Lewis came to Arizona five years ago when her husband was transferred. They settled in the Rio Verde Foothills area between the Verde Communities and Scottsdale. Lewis has a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. She earned an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management after arriving in Arizona. “I have a long history in marketing, administration and management,” Lewis said. “They all come together in this job.” Although Lewis had studied in a Masters of Public Administration program before leaving Minnesota, she found the work did not transfer and entered the MBA program in Arizona. She said this is her fi rst job in the public sector. “I have come to love working with the people of Rio Verde,” Lewis said. “The Fire District people have been very helpful and friendly this first two weeks. “I look forward to working here; this is a great new experience for me. “I have some big shoes to fill, but Debra has made this a very easy transition for me, it has been great.” While she knows some Rio Verde residents, Lewis said she is looking forward to meeting and working with Tonto Verde residents involved in the Fire Board and other volunteers working with the Fire District.

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