Susan (Su) Connell has been a mother, a wife for forty-four and widow for six years, and recently a new bride. Su was born in Superior, Wisconsin, raised in Milwaukie, attended the University of Milwaukee. She has resided in Payson, Arizona since 2001.

Su retired from Procter & Gamble after 18 years in multiple careers- personnel, sales and marketing, purchasing, and material logistics. Those years were spent in Phoenix manufacturing a drug product called Metamucil and they involved team management tasks and a budget responsibility of 25 million dollars.

Prior to relocating to Arizona in the early 80s Su was employed for almost 18 years by a Book Printing Company in Menasha, Wisconsin, gathering skills in technology, manufacturing, and cost analysis.

Su’s family has been active in politics for over 100 years. A great uncle was a United States Senator, a great aunt was the first head of the Children’s Bureau in Washington DC, and her father served as a Wisconsin state legislator and senator. Su has been carrying on this noble tradition for the past eight years and was recently re-elected to an additional four year Payson City Council term.

While on the city council, Su’s focus has been open communication, economic stimulation, and linkages of government, education, and business (private and public) toward a common goal of success for all, tomorrow and into the future.

One of Su’s core beliefs centers around civic involvement and volunteerism — “Giving back to the community which has given me so much.” To further this belief, Su has been an active member and/or board leader for many community service organizations. This past involvement and current affiliations enable Su to identify with the needs of the people of Payson, from the young to the elderly.

A desire to improving health care and education for residents of Payson and surrounding areas led Su to become a member of the Mogollon Health Alliance Board. Since 2003 Su has been a supporter of the project to bring a four year university to Payson. This initiative will help retain youth in Payson, provide jobs, education, and employment throughout the entire Rim Country area.

Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, honesty, and community involvement, Susan Connell has been voted the “Best Town Councilor of Payson” for the last six years.