The Yuma City Council has appointed Jackie Follmuth as the newest member of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Follmuth was born and raised in Yuma and left for a few years while getting her bachelor’s degree in public management and policy at the University of Arizona. She then went on to get a master’s in public administration with a focus in environmental policy.
“I’ve always known I wanted to serve the public, so while in graduate school I was a congressional intern for Congressman Roger Williams in Washington, D.C.,” she told the Yuma Sun. “I learned so much about government and serving a constituency while I was there, and that experience on Capitol Hill only confirmed my passion further.”
When she returned to Yuma after graduate school, she participated in the city’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy where she learned more about city operations and roles over several weeks.
“This is my first time serving on a government commission,” Follmuth explained. “I hope to run for an elected office in my lifetime so serving on a commission seemed like the next step for me to continue my learning in that direction.”
During her time on the commission, her goal is to “balance keeping Yuma a great place to live and work while also allowing property owners to use their land within reason,” she said.