Mehta Bringing Vision, Experience ; Incoming Marana Deputy Town Manager Will Help Ready City for Population He Projects at 200,000 in Coming Decades

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Mehta Bringing Vision, Experience ; Incoming Marana Deputy Town Manager Will Help Ready City for Population He Projects at 200,000 in Coming Decades


Villarreal, Phil, AZ Daily Star


Marana has tabbed Jamsheed Mehta to serve as its next deputy town manager.

Mehta, a native of Pakistan who currently works as Glendale's executive director for transportation services, starts March 17.

He replaces Del Post, who took the position in 2011 and resigned in September.

Mehta, 54, earned a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Kansas and a bachelor's in civil engineering from NED University of Engineering in Karachi, Pakistan. He's worked in Glendale for eight and a half years.

Along with his wife, Zarin, Mehta is looking for a home in the area.

We spoke with Mehta about his background, goals and first impressions of Marana.

Q: Why did the position interest you?

A: My motivation is to be involved in local city government, especially in a high-growth area such as Marana.

It's something I have experienced here in Glendale in the past, and it's just the kind of environment I'm prepared to work in.

Q: What are your first impressions of Marana?

A: It's obviously limited to what I could garner from material I've read and things that I've noticed while I was there for a few days.

Obviously, in the general area of the Tucson metropolitan area, the quadrant of the northwest is where it's anticipated that most of the growth will occur.

Marana is strategically located, and a lot of growth will happen, which comes with challenges associated with it. Is the infrastructure there? Is it all sustainable? That's the kind of work that generates my desire to be there.

Q: How often do you make it back to Pakistan?

A: I haven't been there in several years. I have been in the United States since 1984.

Q: Do you think you'll live in Marana?

A: I'm going to discover a whole lot when I'm there. It might take a while to figure it out, but if that's convenient, yes.

Q: What qualifies you for this job?

A: I have worn many hats. I'm an engineer, and am a long-range urban planner by training. I have been involved with everything associated with planning a development and infrastructure programming. …

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