Former Florence Town Manager Brent Billingsley is now Pinal County’s Director of Community Development, continuing a career spent mostly in local government across the county.
Billingsley was appointed in January, while his predecessor Lester Chow reverted to the deputy director job when Billingsley came onboard Feb. 7.
County Manager Leo Lew said, “We’re delighted to welcome someone of Brent’s skillset and experience to Pinal County, and I’m really excited about the future advancement of our Community Development Department under Brent and Lester’s leadership.
“Brent knows the county and is very familiar with its potential and its challenges, so he’ll be in a great position to hit the ground running from day one.”
Billingsley began his career with Pinal County as a transportation planner in 1996, going on to spend three years working with Central Arizona Governments, seven more at the City of Maricopa and three as city manager of Globe before taking the top job in the Town of Florence in 2015.
“After almost a decade in municipal management, I am really looking forward to focusing on community development,” Billingsley said. “It is an honor to be able to work for one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States and to be able to share the knowledge I have gained during my professional career. It is even more special to return to where I started, with Pinal County.”
He graduated from Casa Grande Union High School in 1993 before attending Central Arizona College and graduating from Northern Arizona University. He is a licensed with the American Institute of Certified Planners and a certified floodplain manager.
His career trajectory has included project management, public works administration, transportation planning, community development, transit, utility management, economic development, floodplain administration, construction management and environmental clearance documentation.
Billingsley also is a speaker on the topics of rural transit, project management, community development, SMART technologies, rural infrastructure finance, municipal management, leadership and the National Environmental Policy Act.