Bridges Leaving CYMPO for Position in Gilbert

Chris Bridges, who led the Central Yavapai Municipal Planning Organization (CYMPO) as executive director for 10 years, has taken a job as the transportation planning manager with the Town of Gilbert.

CYMPO board member and Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Chair Craig Brown praised Bridges. He congratulated him on the new position, saying, “We’re glad to see you moving onto something that is going to make you happy.”

Bridges, who attended Northern Arizona University and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Capella University,  has for more than 22 years dedicated his career to working with statewide elected officials and the Arizona Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and  Federal Transit Authority. He was directly involved in local and regional government planning for land use and transportation planning as well as project management and administration.

Bridges has served as president of the executive board for the Arizona Transit Association, which provide support for systems and providers in Arizona.

Last March, Bridges’ wife, Wendy, who had been a longtime employee in economic development for the City of Prescott, accepted a position with the City of Avondale as its business development manager.

As this goes to press, the CYMPO board hopes to fill the position sometime in February.

Photo by Ray Newton