Jean Wilcox has lived in Arizona for over 21 years, relocating to Prescott from Flagstaff in 2012. She was raised in a military family and has lived in two foreign countries and nine states, finding a sense of “community” in each place she lived. She makes Prescott her home for life, along with her husband Jeffrey Zucker, an architect and 28-year resident of Prescott. Together, they have six adult children and two grandchildren.
Jean has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado, a Master’s Degree in Geography (with an emphasis in Geomorphology) from the University of Montana, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana. She began her professional career as a land use planner but soon found the constitutional property rights issues so interesting that she enrolled in law school. Throughout her legal career she has worked on land use, local government, education, elder care and adoption issues. Her interest in Prescott City government began when she was appointed interim City Attorney in late 2011.
The City Council has a key role in designing and building the future of Prescott. Development, if not carefully planned, can consume more resources than Prescott has, deprive future generations of the opportunity to thrive here, cut off wildlife corridors, decrease opportunities for hunting and outdoor recreation, foreclose hiking and biking paths, and destroy the beautiful landscapes which surround our community. All land-based decisions (including roads, water and waste water infrastructures, annexations, development approvals, and acquisition of recreation and open space) should be consistent with the community-approved General Plan and related city ordinances. Her goal is to cultivate a more livable, walkable city that is friendly to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. Providing adequate funding and staffing for public safety is a top priority. A livable Prescott also means promoting business and employment opportunities that pay more than minimum wage. Being a full partner in a regional economic development effort will ensure that Prescott is a leader in attracting and retaining employers.
People should be able to trust their city government, to know that their participation on committees and at public meetings is valued, and have confidence that council decisions are made thoughtfully and openly. Transparency in government and strong citizen participation are critical to our survival as a community and to enhancing all the amenities which make Prescott among the best small cities in the U.S.