The Town of Parker is pleased to announce that Diane Arthur has joined the organization as Assistant Town Manager. Arthur, who previously served as Deputy City Manager for the City of Surprise, Ariz., begins her role on the Town of Parker staff effective Monday, Oct. 31.
“I’m excited to welcome Diane Arthur to the Town of Parker,” said Town Manager Michelle Kivela. “Diane brings great administrative experience to our team and has a proven track record of leadership at the local government level. She helped build a successful and well-regarded communications and marketing operation during her time with the City of Surprise, and we think she will be a great asset in helping us continue to innovate and move forward here in Parker.”
As the Assistant Town Manager, Arthur will work in partnership with the Town Manager to provide key leadership, strategic direction and oversight. She will serve as a liaison and partner on town-wide issues and oversee assigned projects, policy matters and town-wide outreach, including communications, events and employee/citizen engagement.
“I am extremely humbled and grateful to become part of the Parker community,” Arthur said. “The people that I met during the recruitment process made it very clear to me, that Parker People care about People! What a gift to be able to serve in this space that treasures a hometown feel with beautiful nature surrounding all.”
Arthur arrives in Parker following 16 years with the City of Surprise that saw her serve in roles that included Public Information Officer and Marketing and Communications Director prior to being named Deputy City Manager in 2018. In the latter position, she oversaw a variety of areas, including Parks and Recreation, Sports and Tourism, Human Service and Community Vitality, and City Manager Office Staff.
Before joining the City of Surprise team, Arthur had a nearly 15-year career in broadcast journalism, beginning in the state of Kansas and later in the Phoenix, Ariz. market. In Phoenix, she served as the broadcast business reporter for the Phoenix Business Journal, providing business updates on KTAR radio and ABC 15 television.
Arthur is a member of the International City/County Management Association and City-County Communications & Marketing Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University.