“Gilbert has brought important leadership and expertise to our administration, while furthering our work to reduce bureaucracy and improve services for Arizonans”
PHOENIX — The Office of Governor Doug Ducey today announced that after more than two years of dedicated service as Chief Operating Officer (COO), Gilbert Davidson will be leaving the administration at the end of the month.
As COO, Davidson has served as a member of Governor Ducey’s senior staff and oversaw operations of all state agencies. During his tenure, Davidson was tasked with further implementing the Arizona Management System across state government, a system that focuses on setting goals, tracking progress and producing measurable results that provide real benefits to Arizonans. Davidson also oversaw the appointments of new directors at various state agencies including the Department of Administration, Department of Corrections, Department of Economic Security, Arizona State Parks and Trails and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
“As a valued member of our team, Gilbert has brought important leadership and expertise to our administration, while furthering our work to reduce bureaucracy and improve services for Arizonans,” said Governor Ducey. “His passion for creating an engaging working environment for state employees, as well as instilling a culture focused on customer service, has brought benefits not only for Arizonans, but for the hardworking employees who serve them. I’m grateful for Gilbert’s commitment to our state and his leadership these past few years. He’s carried the weight of state government, and he’s done an outstanding job.”
“Serving as Arizona’s Chief Operating Officer has been the honor of a lifetime,” said Davidson. “Working in operations provides the opportunity to make a difference for real people, and I couldn’t be prouder of our accomplishments to produce more efficient and effective results for Arizonans through a streamlined and customer-focused state government. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Arizona and to all the smart, dedicated professionals I’ve had the privilege of working with these past two years.”
Davidson’s work focused on bringing strategic management principles to state agencies, including building on the governor’s record of efficiencies within state government, and improving customer service.
Prior to his time in state government, Davidson served as the Manager of the Town of Marana — a position he was appointed to in 2008. There, he oversaw a period of rapid growth that also saw the revitalization of Marana’s downtown. He began his tenure at Marana as deputy town manager in June 2005.
Davidson is a 1998 graduate of the University of Arizona with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and public administration. He earned a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the UA in 2004. He grew up in Willcox, Arizona.