Meet the Managers

County Manager

Steve Peru

County Manager
Phone: (928) 679-7140

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Steve Peru was appointed the role of County Manager and began his tenure on April 5, 2021. Originally from Morenci, Arizona, Steve moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University. Upon graduation with a degree in Sociology/Social Work, he was hired at Coconino County in 1979 where he worked for 32 years. This long and storied career at the County including roles such as Community Services Coordinator, Finance Director, Elections Director, and Deputy County Manager, eventually leading him to become the County Manager in 2006. He held this role until 2011 and went on to enjoy leadership positions at local nonprofit, for-profit, and educational institutions, including as the CEO of the United Way of Northern Arizona and the Chief External Affairs Officer/Executive Director for the Coconino Community College Foundation. Steve also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from NAU, and has completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University – Kennedy School of Government.


A headshot photo of Steve Peru

Lucinda AndreaniLucinda Andreani
Deputy County Manager & Flood Control Administrator
Phone: (928) 679-7166
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Lucinda serves as Deputy County Manager and Flood Control District Administrator serving roles since 2018 and 2022, respectively. She also served as Special Initiatives Director from 2008 to 2011 and as Public Works Director from 2017 to 2022. She has been with Coconino County since 2005. 

In addition to her role as Deputy County Manager, Andreani leads the Flood Control District as it addresses post-wildfire flooding from three recent wildfires as well as supporting the District’s Forest Restoration Initiative, which is intended to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires and severe and repetitive post-wildfire flooding. Andreani’s approach to leadership focuses on honoring and enabling her team, which is fundamental to high quality public service. She also emphasizes diversity, inclusion and equity.

Prior to joining the County, she was a leader in the energy industry working with a major utility and an energy corporation and, with her own consulting business, served large energy users across the country. 

Previous Experience

Prior to joining the County, she was a leader in the energy industry working with a major utility company and an energy corporation and, and then forming her own successful consulting business, which served large energy users across the country. 

Education

Andreani has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management with an Emphasis in Environmental Policy from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

 

Susan BrownSusan Brown
Deputy County Manager
Phone: (928) 679-7127
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Susan (Sue) Brown began service with Coconino County in 1998. She will focus on operations. She oversees Facilities Management, Information Technology, Human Resources and some of the Constitutional Offices. Brown is actively involved in the community, having served on the US Green Building Council Board of Directors (AZ Chapter) and serving on the Arizona Forward Northern Region Council, and the Flagstaff Arts Council/Creative Flagstaff Board of Directors and is a 2015 graduate of the Flagstaff Leadership Program.

Previous Experience

Sue joined Coconino County in 1998 in the Facilities Management Department as Property Manager during the County’s capital facilities construction program from 1996-2004. Her role evolved into strategic planning for the organization, and in 2009, she stepped into the role of Facilities Management Director, where she served for 12 years.

Brown’s experience working with each department in the County has allowed her to develop a depth of knowledge of the services the County provides to the public, as well as build strong relationships within the County and its partners. She has worked extensively with the Coconino County Board of Supervisors, County Constitutional Officers, and municipalities across the County. Her focus has long been to provide a strong support framework for the services that are delivered to the public each day. She has been dedicated to achieving the County’s mission through integrity, professionalism, accountability, and the responsibility to honor the vast land and diverse cultures and people of Coconino County. 

Education

Brown has a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Wayne State College in Nebraska and has been in the Master of Public Administration program at Northern Arizona University. She achieved a Certified Public Manager designation from the Bob Ramsey School of Government at Arizona State University in 2008. 

ANDY BERTELSEN 10923Andy Bertelsen
Deputy County Manager
Phone: (928) 679-7140
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Andy Bertelsen joined Coconino County as a Deputy County Manager in 2022.  

Previous Experience

Bertelsen previously served Coconino County as the Public Works Director and was instrumental in creating the response to some extremely challenging events, including the 2010 Shultz Fire and subsequent flooding. During his time with Coconino County, Bertelsen also served as Interim Assistant County Manager and as its Planning and Budget Manager. During his local government service in Northern Arizona, Andy also served as a Community Planner and as Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Sedona.  Prior to rejoining our Coconino County organization, Andy served as the City of Flagstaff Public Works Director, delivering construction of the Core Services Facility and structuring the City’s Public Works and Parks Recreation and Open Space organizations for delivery of current and future service demands. Andy also served a stint as the City’s Water Services Director during a time of leadership transition. 

Education

Bertelsen received his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration & Political Science from Augustana College and his master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. Additionally, Andy is a graduate of the Harvard Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program while attending the John F Kennedy School of Government, and earned a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from Northern Arizona University. Bertelsen also demonstrates a commitment to the community through service and volunteerism. Along with his other efforts in this regard, he is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way of Northern Arizona.

Andy enjoys traveling and recreating with his family and friends, and walking in the endless beauty of Northern Arizona.