From the President

As the newly elected president of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, I look forward to the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for our state and its 91 municipalities.

As both a mayor and as a former state senator, I have long been very appreciative of the work that the League staff, led by Executive Director Ken Strobeck, performs on behalf of Arizona's cities and towns and I am truly honored to be in a position to move the organization forward.

We will continue our best efforts to collaborate with state lawmakers on areas of mutual concern and to educate them on the impact of their actions on our local communities. We have a vast amount of data available that can help guide policymaking. An excellent example of this was the information we developed on our public safety personnel retirement system and the contribution this information made on successful public pension reform during the last session. We need to continue to bring these types of resources to the table when dealing with the legislature and the governor to ensure well informed decisions are made.

An additional aim is to further open the lines of communication between the legislature and the League to share goals and work through areas of policy before they are introduced into bills. I truly believe there are many opportunities to find common ground through non-legislative solutions.

I will also work to see that our cities and towns continue to partner with state agencies like the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona Department of Revenue to maintain and enhance our safety and fiscal records, infrastructure and quality of life. And I will continue to inform our lawmakers on all of the things cities and towns do to create a positive environment for job creation and economic development.

Arizona is an incredible place. It is a land of visionaries, entrepreneurs and remarkable leaders, many of whom are serving in local government. I want to thank all of you for your truly compassionate service and the key role you play in our continued progress, growth and success. Working together, we can improve the lives of all those who call Arizona home.

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny began his unprecedented 7th term as Chandler's mayor in January 2015, after returning to the Mayor's Office in January 2011, and serving eight years in the Arizona State Senate from 2003-2011.


League of Arizona Cities and Towns
1820 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ  85007
Phone: 602-258-5786
Fax: 602-253-3874

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