District 4 - Jim Parks


    Jim Parks is a retired cowboy from Flagstaff, Arizona. He is an Arizona native with ancestors arriving in the Tubac area from Spain about 1720. Jim’s ancestors also came from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, England and some were native Papago or Tohono Oodam people in Southern Arizona.

    Jim was born in Phoenix, Arizona on October 11, 1949, the oldest of 3 children of Warren and Bette Parks, and has remained a resident of Arizona since birth. He came to Flagstaff in 1974, after serving 4 years in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam War. Jim spent a couple of years studying at NAU, then became a working cowboy, and later a ranch manager, working on ranches all over Arizona during the next 38 years. Jim retired in 2015, after spending his last working years a Babbitt Ranches in Northern Arizona.

    Jim’s life has always centered around agriculture, the grandson and great-grandson of ranchers, and the son of a farmer, agriculture has always dominated his life. He served as Past-President of the Coconino County Farm Bureau and Cattle Growers Association, former Chairman of Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District, and member of Arizona Farm Bureau board of directors.

    Jim’s wife, Vickie, is retired from Coconino County and he has a family of two daughters, their husbands, four grand-children and 1 great-grand-child.

    As Coconino County Supervisor for District 4, his primary interests are in issues relating to rural people, native people, farming and ranching, agriculture and the environment, and veterans of our Armed Forces.