Executive Committee Member Spotlight

Name, title & city/town:
Jerry Weiers, Mayor, City of Glendale
Years on Executive Committee: Joined February 2013

City of Glendale
Incorporated: 1910
Population: 226,721 (2010 census)
Elevation: 1,154 ft.
County: Maricopa
Area within Limits: 58.5 sq. mi.

Why did you decide to serve in local government?
I like a challenge. No really, I like a challenge.

What are the biggest challenges facing your city today?
The biggest challenge is helping everyone understand that we have an awful lot of needs and a very, very small wallet. Working with the Council, we have to prioritize our needs, starting first and foremost with public safety. There are many, many "wants" but we have to focus on our needs.

What opportunities do you see for your community?
Glendale has a lot of great things going for it. We're home to two of the best universities in the nation, Midwestern University and Thunderbird School of Global Management. We have the world's best military training installation with Luke Air Force Base. Looking to the future, we have many opportunities to attract businesses with our educated workforce and tourism with our unique features including our sporting facilities and the Westgate area.

What are you most proud of during your time in office?
One of my first goals was to make City Hall more transparent and open to the citizens of Glendale, which we have done. My major responsibility at this time is to work with the Council to get our finances in order and to set our city on a sustainable financial foundation. Other initiatives that I am proud of include; raising money for our Hope for Hunger Food Bank and the Shriners Children Hospitals, getting a bill passed at the Legislature to recognize our first responders, forming a Mayor's Advisory Council on Business Development, and developing a veteran's assistance event.

Why is the League important to cities and towns in Arizona?
The League provides a unified voice for local governments. It is the collective strength of 91 cities and towns, speaking as one, which helps to protect our cities, our neighborhoods and our critical services. The League combined with the dedicated local elected officials from across the state have a tremendous leadership role to play in this critical time for our state.

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