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Interim Parkside community manager in ‘trial period’ for prospective permanent position


Elizabeth Medora

ANTHEM – Parkside’s community manager is scheduled to be officially chosen in three months. No interviews for the position are being held until after the six-month trial period. Interviews for the position may not be held at all, as the interim community manager position may become permanent.

The Anthem Parkside Community Association Board of Directors has released a statement regarding the interim appointment of Mary Beth Zahn as community manager.

“As has been previously published and discussed, APCA is currently in the midst of a six-month trial period during which Mary Beth Zahn is serving as the interim community manager,” the statement reads. “At the end of that trial period, the APCA Board will make a determination as to whether Mary Beth will officially become APCA’s community manager, or whether the Board would like to interview other candidates."

The statement was sent in response to Foothills Focus interview requests regarding the community manager hiring process. Interim community manager Zahn and the Board spokespeople declined further comment.

The Parkside Community Association Board of Directors statement referenced A.R.S. 33-1804(B)(3) & (4) and A.R.S. 33-1805(B)(4) & (5), noting that under those statutes, “the Board is limited in what it can discuss in open session or disclose to the membership regarding this issue, because this issue involves an individual’s employment with the community.” According to the Arizona legislature, certain information may be withheld under those statutes, including personal, health, and financial records of individual association members and records relating to the job performance of, compensation of, health records of, or specific complaints against an individual employee.

Parkside residents have requested more information on the community manager hiring process after the unexpected departure of former community manager Annette McCarthy, who had worked in Parkside for 12 years. McCarthy is still working for Associated Asset Management, LLC, but no longer oversees Parkside.

After McCarthy’s departure, Zahn assumed the role of Parkside interim community manager. In a March 9 statement from the Anthem Parkside Community Association, Bettye Ruff, Vice President of the Parkside Board of Directors, said, “Resident satisfaction is of the utmost importance to the Parkside Board of Directors and we are confident Mary Beth will strive to exceed our expectations.”

Zahn, an Anthem resident, served as Parkside Community Association Administrative Assistant for over five years prior to her appointment as interim community manager. Her qualifications include an Associate of Arts in Business and a Certified Arizona Association Support Person certification. 

In the most recent statement released, the Parkside Community Association noted that they are “party to a management agreement with AAM, LLC (“AAM”).” The statement further reads that, “Pursuant to the management agreement, the Board selects the roles of community manager, administrative assistant, compliance manager, and other office staff positions from a variety of AAM employees. APCA itself does not have any employees. Rather, all on-site staff members at APCA are employed by AAM, but take direction from the APCA’s Board of Directors.”

The statement concludes that no decisions will be made until the end of the six-month period, at which time the Board will determine whether to officially hire Zahn or interview other candidates.

“At this point, the Board of Directors has not made this decision because it is only in month three of the six month trial period,” the statement reads. “When the Board does make this decision, the Board will notify the community.”