Meet Harry Oberg
Harry Oberg is a longtime resident of Prescott whose father, Nils, arrived here in 1929 working as a ranch hand. Harry came to Prescott when he was 2 years old after both his parents completed their service in the U.S. Army during WWII. He attended Prescott schools and graduated from Prescott High in 1965.
After receiving Army helicopter flight training, Harry served two tours in Vietnam—first as an Army “aerial scout” pilot, and later as a heavy-lift pilot, which included duty in Laos. His combat decorations include 2-Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2-Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, 34-Air Medals (one with Valor Device), and numerous Vietnam campaign and service awards. His non-combat awards include the Legion of Merit, 5-Meritorius Service medals, and other service achievement awards. In addition, he was awarded the Saint George Silver Medallion for Armor excellence. Harry pursued his military career until April 2000 retiring at the rank of Colonel in the Army and as a Brigadier General in the Army National Guard.
Harry received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting/Business from Northern Arizona University, a master’s in International Relations from Salva Regina University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. Prior to retirement, Harry was a Pentagon budget director managing a $1.5 Billion logistics budget that provided equipment and supplies for Army National Guard units deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2007, he and his wife, Jeanna, both retired and returned to Prescott, Arizona.
In 2015, Harry was elected mayor of Prescott. His major accomplishments during his term in office include:
- Instituted a Prescott City Ordinance which reduced the number of unlicensed Sober Living homes, increased the level of care in licensed facilities, and eliminated patient abuse by untrained sober living house managers. Unlicensed Sober Living homes in the city plummeted from 183 to 34.
- Conducted studies which validated the need for a new passenger carrier and terminal at the Prescott Airport. This resulted in a new Essential Air Service with SkyWest, doing business as United Airlines, and an FAA grant to pay for the new $15M airport terminal.
- Developed the Prescott Airport 20-year master plan which will lay the foundation for vastly improved airport infrastructure and will dramatically impact future economic development at the airport. Projections include as much as a $160 million yearly boost to the local economy once the new terminal is completed in 2021.
- Initiated plans with the State Forestry office to develop a viable biomass program to reduce forest overgrowth and the chance of catastrophic forest fires in the Prescott region.
- Established and chaired a mayors’ group representing cities across the state of AZ to petition the State Legislature to address the insolvency of the PSPRS program.
After his mayoral term Harry continued to serve his community on boards and committees including Vice President of the Western Heritage Center/Foundation, Sunup Rotary Club, VFW POST 541, Prescott Rodeo Advisory Board, and the Friends of the Airport. He is currently the 1st Vice Chairman of the Yavapai County GOP Executive Committee.
On February 10, 2020, Harry announced his candidacy for Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, District 1.