Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the State of Arizona
Gilbert Davidson serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the State of Arizona. Davidson, a dedicated and effective public administrator, currently serves as the Town Manager of the Town of Marana — a position he was appointed to in 2008. 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.
In 2009, Davidson completed a certificate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. In addition, he is a credentialed city manager recognized by the International City/County Management Association.
Davidson is also actively engaged in community and civic organizations. He served on the executive board for Arizona Town Hall, as past president of the Arizona City/County Management Association, the advisory board for the Joan & David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona Public Administration Advisory Board, and is currently the Vice Chair for the University of Arizona Alumni Association.