Kell Palguta moved to Prescott Valley in 1996 from a small town in Maine. In 1998, he began his career in public service as a Police Officer for the Town of Prescott Valley.
As a Police Officer, Kell received many awards to include the Police Medal of Valor, Police Star, Rookie of the Year, Officer of the Year, Police Chief Commendation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving Officer of the Year two years in a row.
While working as a police officer, he obtained his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona and Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from New Mexico State University. As a first generation college graduate in his family, Kell understands the importance of good education and recognizes that education is a valuable asset to any community.
After retiring as a Police Officer, Kell continued his service to the community as an Instructor at Yavapai College, teaching Administration of Justice Classes.
Kell was elected Mayor of Prescott Valley in August 2018 and was sworn in on January 10, 2019. He takes great pride in being elected the youngest Mayor in Yavapai County and recognizes that the Town Council and Mayor work for the good citizens of Prescott Valley. He makes it a goal to ensure that every citizen feels their voice can be heard and that they can be a part of the solution to any problem that Prescott Valley may face.
As Mayor, Kell hopes to ensure that Prescott Valley develops and focuses on "Points of Pride" throughout the community. He wants to make certain that Prescott Valley is a place where one can be born, grow up, graduate school, get married, raise a family and retire.
Kell reiterates to its citizens that the Town of Prescott Valley is in the customer service business, with citizens and visitors its customers. It is his goal that Prescott Valley continues to strive to be the best community in Northern Arizona.