Chris Kuknyo is a longtime Prescott resident. He relocated from Chicago with his family in 1978 and immediately fell in love with the area’s forests, lakes, and trails.
Kuknyo graduated from Prescott High School in 1984 and began pursuing a career in broadcasting. After marrying his wife May in 1990, Kuknyo set his radio-television aspirations aside in order to earn a living that would allow the newlyweds to raise a family. Over the next decade, he held a series of jobs, working as an underground miner, asphalt mover, and factory machine operator.
In the summer of 2000, Kuknyo’s fortunes changed when a longtime friend asked him to partner in a start-up trash hauling venture. By 2011, “the little company that started with one truck and a dream” had over 30 employees providing service to homes from Chino Valley to Sedona.
Kuknyo spends his free time keeping up with the activities of his two teenaged children. He also participates in various community programs having served on the boards of the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation. Kuknyo says he is also a passionate supporter of the Yavapai Food Bank.
As Chairman of the Governmental Affairs committee, Kuknyo has traveled to Washington, D.C. to testify before the congressional committee on small business. He believes that targeted regional economic development and cooperation will attract the base jobs needed to sustain essential services and infrastructure.
Kuknyo’s primary goal as a Prescott City Councilman is to work towards increasing governmental transparency and responsiveness to all citizens.