Marlin Kuykendall, Mayor
The Mayor serves as the chair of the City Council and presides over Council meetings. He or she is recognized as the head of the City government for all ceremonial purposes and is responsible for governing the City during times of crisis, such as natural disasters. To reach the Mayor's office, call 777-1270.
Marlin likes to say, "There's an old proverb about work that goes, 'A man grows most tired while standing still.' So I guess you could say it's natural that I don't tire easily. I've always been energized by work and service."
As a teenager, Marlin worked for Blakely Oil Company in Phoenix, then enlisted in the Arizona Army National Guard in 1953. He was on active duty with the U.S. Army by 1956, serving 3 years before returning to the National Guard where he was made the Prescott Unit's Commanding Officer in 1959. He served as Tactical Officer of the Arizona Military Academy as an Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of the Arizona Army National Guard. As Northern Arizona Chair of the Defense Department's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), he escorted civilian VIPS on fact-finding tours across several continents.
Marlin has lived in Prescott for over 50 years, opening the town's first Toyota dealership in 1966, and a year later acquired the Buick, Pontiac and GMC franchises. In 1981 he built the Antelope Hills Inn out near the airport, and with his family operated it until 2007.
Community service has always been an important part of Marlin's life. He was President of the Mile-Hi Kiwanis Club and Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis International Southwest District. He served on the City of Prescott's Planning and Zoning Commission, the Airport Advisory Committee, and the North Prescott Sewer Advisory Committee.
Marlin has been a Prescott City Councilman twice - elected in 1971, and later was appointed to fill a vacancy in 1991. He was elected Mayor in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Marlin raised his three sons right here in Prescott, all graduating from Prescott High School. He and his wife Tana have been married for more than 10 years.