Jerry Stabley and his family have resided in Casa Grande since 2003. He became interested in Elementary School education by serving as a reading tutor in the AARP Foundation Experience Corps Program. He tutored in the Phoenix Elementary School District from 2015 until 2018. Through that program, he learned first-hand the challenges that teachers face, especially in School Districts where students are learning English while they are attending school.
Jerry was instrumental in bringing the AARP Foundation reading program to Casa Grande. It is the 23rd program nationwide and only the third in Arizona, after Tempe and Phoenix. This program allows trained volunteers, 50+, to work with first, second, and third graders to help them learn how to read. The Casa Grande program is starting in Fall 2020.
Jerry is the Board Vice-Chair for Opportunity Tree, an organization that provides services to intellectually and developmentally challenged adults in Phoenix, Maricopa, and Casa Grande. He is also a Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In 2016, he served as one of two facilitators for a Capital Planning Committee of the Casa Grande Elementary School District. The Committee was composed of 40 civic and business leaders. The Committee recommended a $44.66 million bond election, and the bond was passed by the voters that year.
In 2014, Jerry retired as Community Development Director of Pinal County. This position capped off a 30- year career that included 11 years in Pinal and 19 years with the City of Scottsdale. He continues to work for the City of Eloy on a part time basis. Jerry holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State in Environmental Science and a Master’s from Arizona State in Geography and Land Use Studies.