New member profile: Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott

Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott

Rex Scott

Pima County Supervisor

Served in this capacity since:

January 2021

Professional background:

In 1991, Supervisor Scott moved to Pima County to take a position teaching social studies at Flowing Wells Junior High School, one of three schools in District One that he served during his career as a public-school educator. In 2000, Supervisor Scott began his 19-year career as an administrator working in both middle and high schools. During that time, he was an assistant principal at Ironwood Ridge High School and the principal at Tortolita Middle School, both District One schools.

Civic/community involvement:

In 1987, at the age of 24, he became the first Ohio University student elected to serve on the Athens City Council. He was re-elected in 1989, chaired the Finance Committee in his second term and joined with two of his colleagues to start the city’s curbside recycling program. Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors last year, Supervisor Scott was a member of the board of Big Brothers/Sisters of Tucson and the executive board of the Metropolitan Education Commission.

Region’s most pressing issue in your opinion:

All jurisdictional members of Pima Association of Governments need to commit to working together in the best interests of the entire region.

Region’s best opportunity for economic success:

Local governments can best influence economic development by staying focused on the development of talent through our P-20 education system and by ensuring that our local infrastructure is modernized and well-maintained.

What do you like best about what is currently happening at the regional level?

We are engaged in important dialogue about challenging issues that can be difficult to be discussed, but that must be confronted and resolved in order for our region to move forward.

Why is regional collaboration important to you:

We can accomplish much more working together than any of us can accomplish alone.

What is your No. 1 priority in your current role?

All jurisdictions represented on the PAG Regional Council are part of Pima County. As the county’s representative to this body, I need to honor and hear the voices of all my colleagues so that each jurisdiction feels that they are a valued part of both the Regional Council and the region itself.

Personal trivia:

In his free time, Supervisor Scott enjoys hiking in our beautiful deserts and mountains, running, working out at the Northwest YMCA and reading. He is a longtime fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Dolphins, which helps him to practice patience. The book that has influenced his values and beliefs more than any other is Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.