Executive Administrative Assistant III
The MAG Management Committee provides a key role in the policymaking decisions at MAG. The Committee is responsible for receiving input from technical committees, analyzing the technical and policy implications, and providing recommendations to the MAG Regional Council. The Management Committee consists of the chief administrators from each member agency, such as the jurisdiction's city or town manager, the county manager from Maricopa County, and the chief administrative officer of each Native American Indian Community. The director of the Arizona Department of Transportation and the executive director of the Regional Public Transportation Authority represent their respective agencies on transportation issues that are brought before the Management Committee.
Roger Klingler, Chair
City Manager, Buckeye
John Kross, Vice Chair
Town Manager, Queen Creek
Patrick Banger, Past Chair
Town Manager, Gilbert
City Manager, Apache Junction
Director, Arizona Department of Transportation
Interim City Manager, Avondale
Town Administrator, Carefree
Town Manager, Cave Creek
City Manager, Chandler
Interim City Manager, El Mirage
Town Manager, Florence
Community Manager, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Town Manager, Fountain Hills
Interim Town Manager, Gila Bend
Community Manager, Gila River Indian Community
City Manager, Glendale
City Manager, Goodyear
Town Manager, Guadalupe
City Manager, Litchfield Park
Interim City Manager, Maricopa
County Manager, Maricopa County
City Manager, Mesa
Town Manager, Paradise Valley
City Manager, Peoria
City Manager, Phoenix
County Manager, Pinal County
Chief Executive Officer, Regional Public Transportation Authority
Community Manager, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
City Manager, Scottsdale
City Manager, Surprise
City Manager, Tempe
City Manager, Tolleson
Interim Town Manager, Wickenburg
Town Manager, Youngtown
The Buckeye City Council selected Roger Klingler as its City Manager on March 7, 2017. Mr. Klingler started his career in Buckeye in 2014 as the assistant city manager, and became the interim city manager in August of 2016. He has three decades of municipal government management and service delivery experience. He previously served as assistant city manager in Scottsdale for 10 years, as well as general manager of Water Resources and Intergovernmental Relations there.
“Roger has served the city of Buckeye well during his time as both the assistant city manager and interim city manager,” said Mayor Jackie Meck. “He’s a skilled and respected professional city administrator, and his strong leadership these past few years makes him the logical choice to continue leading our city into the future.”
Klingler earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Michigan State University and holds a Law Degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
John Kross has been in planning and community development in both Wisconsin and Arizona since 1989. In Wisconsin, he worked for a private downtown redevelopment firm, and in Arizona he has worked for the Town of Gilbert, the cities of Phoenix and Wickenburg, and Queen Creek, where he has been since 1996. Mr. Kross spent his first eight years in Queen Creek as the Community Development Director, two years as Assistant Town Manager and nine months as Interim Town Manager. On March 26, 2007, the Queen Creek Town Council voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Kross to fill the position of Town Manager.
Mr. Kross has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Leadership Studies/Public Policy from Ripon College in Wisconsin and a Masters of Public Administration from Arizona State University. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, American Society of Public Administration and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Kross serves on the Chandler Gilbert Community College President’s Community Advisory Council, the Arizona City/County Management Association Board and is Chair of the TOPAZ Regional Wireless Cooperative (the Board that oversees the implementation and management of the East Valley’s emergency radio response system and is an association of the municipalities of Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Apache Junction and the Apache Junction Fire District).
Patrick Banger is Gilbert’s Town Manager, a position he has held since August 14, 2011. Banger served as city administrator of O’Fallon, MO, for six years prior to working in the private sector, in a role that emphasized smart planning during a period of tremendous growth, and increasing efficiency and the value of government while decreasing employee turnover and cost of services.
Banger has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Missouri State University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Management from Webster University.
Banger has also taken part in several executive education programs: Strategic Thinking & Executive Team Dynamics, at The Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania; Strategy & Organization as well as Negotiation Tactics at Stanford University Graduate School of Business; Corporate Financial Analysis at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business; and Sr. Executives in State & Local Government at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Banger lives in Gilbert with his wife, Belinda, and her daughter Sydney. He has two other daughters Brittany and Erin.
During their June 16, 2015 meeting the Apache Junction City Council formally appointed Bryant Powell as the new city manager starting July 1, 2015.
Bryant has been with the city of Apache Junction for over 14 years starting as the Assistant to the City Manager. He was promoted to Assistant City Manager in 2003. Bryant holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Brigham Young University, as well as an undergraduate degree in Spanish, with a minor in Political Science from Southern Utah University. In 2014, Bryant received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). He is the first ICMA-Credentialed Manager to work for the City of Apache Junction. Bryant also received the Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award from the Arizona City/County Management Association.
Bryant has been a member of the Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain since 2010 serving as their president from July, 2014 to June, 2015. He also serves on the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce’s Board as an Ex-Officio member.
Bryant and his wife Jenny have three daughters and have lived in Apache Junction for 14 years. Bryant is a native of Arizona, having been raised in Safford.
John S. Halikowski was appointed director of the Arizona Department of Transportation in February 2009 to lead the agency responsible for planning, building and maintaining the state’s multimodal transportation system, managing transportation revenue, and providing motor vehicle title, registration and driver license services.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Halikowski cultivated his transportation policy expertise during 12 years as the director of research at the Arizona House of Representatives, where he made his mark researching, presenting and drafting major transportation-related legislation in collaboration with constituencies most affected by policy changes. Mr. Halikowski put this experience to work for the state through an additional six years of leadership with the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division, driving executive team decision-making as deputy director and operations chief to achieve top-notch customer service.
As a co-chair of the Arizona Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance, Mr. Halikowski is currently working with Arizona’s business community to fully utilize the state’s transportation system to connect Arizona’s thriving export economy with regional and global markets. He directs a similar passion toward the development of a sustainable national transportation plan as the chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Research, and a member of the TRB Executive Committee and the advisory board of the Eno Center for Transportation. Mr. Halikowski is a respected leader among his state transportation department CEO peers, having served as the president of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
A resident of Arizona for more than 32 years, Mr. Halikowski received his communications degree summa cum laude from Arizona State University, and advanced his leadership abilities by engagement in the Wharton Transportation Executive Program and the AASHTO National Transportation Leadership Institute.
Mr. Nilles was hired as Finance Director for the City of El Mirage in 2009 before being promoted to Deputy City Manager. Mr. Nilles holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Management and has over 20 years of executive level municipal finance, technology, and risk management experience.
Brent D. Billingsley is a seasoned technical professional with over nineteen years of experience across a broad range of public works, transportation, community planning, transit, air quality, economic development, and environmental responsibilities and projects. As Town Manager of Florence, Mr. Billingsley oversees eight diverse departments within the Town organizational structure, including Administration, Finance, Public Works, Engineering, Fire, Police, Community Development, Library, and Parks and Recreation. Since starting with the Town of Florence in December 2015, he has focused on modernizing and enhancing the Town’s policies, practices, and partnerships.
Mr. Billingsley’s professional repertoire includes project management, public works administration, transportation planning, community planning, transit, air quality, Section 208 area-wide water quality, economic development, floodplain administration, construction management, fleet management, and environmental clearance documentation. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of rural transit, access management, transportation planning, financial assurances, rural infrastructure finance, municipal management, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University (NAU), a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and an ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). Mr. Billingsley is husband to Maria and the proud father of Cecilia and Sophia.
Phil Dorchester, a Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation tribal member, has progressively worked toward the tribal council’s vision for the betterment of the community by ensuring efficiency of tribal government operations.
Prior to taking up his current position, Phil regularly involved himself in various committees. These committees are subordinate advisory to the Council and serve as consultative interests in performing departmental functions.
Phil’s experience with the Nation’s enterprises and tribal government began in 1992. Starting as a Gaming Inspector, Phil learned the regulation of the gaming enterprise. He took the position of Casino Manager in 1996, before becoming Assistant General Manager and then Acting General Manager. Phil has held his present position since 2007; as General Manager he oversees the nation’s tribal operations.
Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps is the top executive for the city of Glendale, which is part of a growing area of Maricopa County and the sixth largest city in AZ. His responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations and policy implementation for all city departments and divisions and ensuring prudent fiscal stewardship for the city.
Mr. Phelps was appointed in November 2015 and considers it his priority to bring effective and transparent government practices to the community he serves with an emphasis on leveraging technology and innovation.
Recognizing that it is in Glendale’s interest to have a robust business sector, his desire is that Glendale become both a major job center, and the most business-friendly city in the Valley. His focus is on encouraging initiatives that will grow the city’s economy, increase employment and encourage growth for businesses’ large and small. Glendale is a full-service community offering public safety, water, public works, library and recreation services for residents as well as offering business development services to support a strong economic base.
Mr. Phelps began a comprehensive strategic planning process using the City Council’s newly created mission, vision and value statements. The intent is that Glendale will demonstrate measurable results toward being the community of choice for residents, businesses and employees. To accomplish this work, he has introduced the Balanced Scorecard approach to lead organizational development and set priorities for city staff.
Under his leadership, the city has continued to stabilize financially and operationally after experiencing a serious fiscal crisis that occurred several years prior to his hiring. The turnaround has resulted in credit rating upgrades and a growing fund balance that has been achieved through policy reforms, growth of new revenue streams and a long-term financial plan.
Kevin Phelps is a board member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, a member of International City/County Management Association (ICMA)and a member of the Arizona City/County Management Association ACMA.
Mr. Phelps’ government leadership includes serving as the highest ranking appointed official in Pierce County, Washington, an area that includes greater Tacoma and is the states second largest county. Prior to that, he was a deputy auditor for the Washington State Auditor’s office, and was a councilmember for the city of Tacoma, Washington.
Before his tenure in government, he was the founder and managing partner of the Landmark Convention Center in Tacoma.
Julie Arendall was appointed City Manager in February 2018. Arendall has more than 18 years local government experience and is a Credentialed City Manager (ICMA-CM) through the International City Management Association. Prior to joining the City, Arendall served as a deputy city manager for the city of Peoria, Arizona. She joined that organization in 2012 as the human resources director after 12 years with Yavapai County, first as human resources director, and in 2007, as county administrator. Arendall was an executive-level human resources professional in the private sector before transitioning to local government. Arendall earned a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Arizona State University. She was honored to attend the Senior Executives in Local Government Program at JFK School of Government at Harvard University, is a Certified Public Manager through Arizona State University and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Society for Human Resources Management.
William “Bill” Stephens became the City of Litchfield Park's City Manager in March 2018. Prior to his appointment by the Mayor and City Council as City Manager, Mr. Stephens served for four years as City Manager for Benson, Arizona.
Mr. Stephens acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University.
He served in the military as well. Mr. Stephens was a Colonel of the United States Air Force and Base Commander at several locations including Grissom Air Force Base, Charleston Air Force Base, Youngtown Air Force Base and Dover Air Force Base.
Ms. Rich serves as County Manager for Maricopa County. Prior to her appointment as County Manager, she held various positions in the organization including Deputy County Manager, Assistant County Manager, and Planning & Development Director. Before joining the County, she worked for both the cities of Phoenix and Glendale as a planner and neighborhood programs administrator. Ms. Rich holds Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography and Master of Public Administration degrees from Arizona State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, Arizona Planning Association, Arizona City/County Management Association, Valley of the Sun United Way Board of Directors, and Arizona State University School of Public Affairs Academic Advisory Council.
Chris Brady became City Manager of Mesa, Arizona in January 2006. With more than 25 years of public sector management experience, he is the Chief Administrative Officer of a municipality with approximately 3,500 employees, an annual operating and capital budget of $1.2 billion and a population of 450,000 residents. Mesa, Arizona is the nation's 39th largest city.
He was hired by the Mayor and City Council in 2005 to bring new leadership and direction to City government. During his tenure, Brady has reorganized City departments, streamlined business operations, improved customer service and professionalism of City staff, and steered the City through some of the most difficult economic times in recent history.
Working with the Mayor, City Council, business and community leaders and residents, he has been instrumental in improving the City's financial and budgeting models earning the respect of his peers, and more importantly, Mesa residents. These efforts included the passage of several capital bond initiatives for streets and public safety, with debt service being tied to a secondary property tax (the first in more than 65 years). The City's general obligation bond rating was upgraded by Standard and Poor's Rating Service to AA and in 2010, the City's Aa2 general obligation bond rating was reaffirmed by major rating agencies.
Brady has also used his experience and expertise in economic development to guide the City's business attraction and retention efforts including the executive role in the City's H.E.A.T. initiative which focuses economic development activity on Mesa's key industries - Healthcare, Educations, Aerospace, Tourism and Technology. Some of these successes are First Solar, Banner Health facilities expansions, Able Engineering, Crescent Crown Distributing, Embraer, Cessna, Waxie, Air Force Research Lab and the Chicago Cubs Western U.S. Headquarters and Spring Training Facility.
Prior to joining the City of Mesa, Brady served as Assistant City Manager of the City of San Antonio for ten years. He also served in various executive management and administrative positions for Bellaire, TX, Houston, TX, and Provo, UT.
Appointed on June 27, 2017, Jeff Tyne has been serving the citizens of Peoria since 1997 in various roles. Most recently, he served as deputy city manager for four years. Prior to his position as deputy city manager, Tyne was the budget director, where he took charge of budget development, strategic initiatives, policy analysis, performance management, and grants management. Tyne also served as the community services director where he managed parks, libraries, recreation programs, sports stadium, and arts activities for the City of Peoria.
Tyne has served in a number of external roles, including as the chair of the
GFOA national standing committee on economic development and capital planning. He was also a Board Trustee for the Arizona State Retirement System, and is a past president for the Arizona chapter of GFOA. Tyne is a Credentialed Manager with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and was active with the ICMA Emerging Leaders Development Program.
Tyne earned his Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University. He attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and has been a training instructor for GFOA in the areas of capital planning, budget and performance management.
Ed Zuercher was appointed Phoenix City Manager in October 2013. In this role, Zuercher is the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Phoenix and oversees the largest council-manager form of government in the United States, with 14,500 city employees, including seven employee unions and associations. He encourages city employees to focus on working smart, saving money, and being kind to customers in order to provide outstanding, innovative, and effective services at an affordable cost. In 2017, Phoenix was recognized by Governing Magazine and Living Cities as the top city in their inaugural Equipt to Innovate survey, which recognizes Phoenix's capacity and compliance in high performing governance.
Working with the Mayor and City Council, he is responsible for a city budget of $4 billion, including airport, water/wastewater, solid waste, convention center, transit system and general city services. Zuercher’s 25-year career with the city started as a Management Intern and included Assistant to the City Manager, Public Transit Director, Deputy City Manager, Mayor’s Chief of Staff, and Assistant City Manager??. He serves on the boards of directors for Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and the Valley of the Sun United Way. He received his Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and his B.A. in English/secondary education from Goshen College in Indiana. Prior to his time at the city of Phoenix, Ed taught high school English and American History.
He enjoys life in central Phoenix with his wife and two daughters.
Greg Stanley was appointed County Engineer in August of 2004, Director of Public Works in February 2005, Assistant County Manager in February 2012, and County Manager in January 2014.
He is a native of Arizona, growing up in Phoenix. After high school he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1976. His military career spanned over 26 years as a U.S. Army Officer in various command and staff positions, retiring as a Colonel. His assignments included Forts Wainwright and Richardson, Alaska; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Portland, Oregon Engineer District; Facilities Engineer in the Demilitarized Zone in Korea; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Facilities Engineer for West Point; and culminated as the Director of Public Works for Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.
He came to the County after serving as the Public Works Director in Casa Grande, and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Virginia and Arizona. He and his wife Patti have 3 children, Tim, Erin and Brad.
Scott W. Smith is widely recognized as a distinguished leader in both private business and government. In a career that spans over thirty-five years, Smith has been a professional, consultant, private sector CEO, and government leader. He is the former Mayor of Mesa, Arizona (2008-2014) who currently serves as the Interim CEO of Valley Metro, the Regional Transportation Authority for Metro Phoenix. Known for his ability to collaborate and bring parties together to solve complex problems, Smith is for his innovative leadership in building better government that is more efficient and effective.
Smith graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in accounting and started his career at the international accounting firm Price Waterhouse. He earned both MBA and Juris Doctor degrees from Arizona State University and owned a management consulting and advisory firm. Seeking a new challenge, Smith became the CEO of a real estate investment and development company that was burdened with serious legal and organizational issues. He soon transformed the company into a thriving and well respected regional home building and development company in Arizona. Smith eventually bought the company from its European owners. After building the business, Smith sold it to a NYSE company and pursued another passion: public service.
In 2008, Smith ran for, and won his first elective office: Mayor of Mesa, Arizona, the 38th largest city is America with over 450,000 residents. He was reelected without opposition in 2012 and served until resigning to run for Governor of Arizona in 2014. From the time he first took office, Smith championed innovative efforts that made Mesa government more efficient, responsive and accountable to its citizens. He led the largest reorganization of city government in Mesa’s history. Faced with a crippling recession and large deficit, he worked with the City Council and City Staff to reduce the number of city employees, reduce expenditures, and balance the city’s operating budget. But he just didn’t cut costs. Following a pledge to “Build a Better Mesa,” he also made government more effective and business friendly. He eliminated red tape and burdensome regulations, and changed the culture in government by telling bureaucrats to “facilitate, don’t regulate.”
Smith also championed iMesa, a visionary citizen outreach project. Leveraging technology for civic engagement, iMesa was a grassroots improvement effort where residents submit, vote, comment on, and process ideas that helped to transform the community and led to a successful quality of life initiative in the depths of the Great Recession.
During his tenure, Smith also invested strategically in community assets. He rallied residents and leaders and kept the Chicago Cubs from moving their Spring Training to Florida, brought five new colleges to the City, enticed Apple Computers to invest billions in a new facility and led the planning and construction of an extension of Valley Metro’s light rail through Mesa’s downtown district. His leadership helped foster the most successful job creation and economic development efforts in the city’s history. By the time he left office in 2014, Mesa had won many accolades, including being named the Most Innovative City in Arizona and one of Money Magazine’s Five Best Cities to Live in America.
Smith’s fellow leaders have also recognized his leadership skills. He was elected President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (2013-14), the only mayor from Arizona to ever be so honored. He also served on the President’s Export Council. In Metro Phoenix, he served as Chairman of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council and also headed its Transportation Policy Committee.
In the Fall of 2015, Harvard University selected Smith to serve as a Resident Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics. Smith taught seminars on City Government and mentored students.
While Smith was away at Harvard, Valley Metro was hit by scandal and controversy, and Regional Leaders looked to a respected leader who could both stabilize the embattled agency and restore public trust in it. They asked Scott Smith to be Valley Metro’s Interim CEO, where he has served since early 2016.
Most recently, Smith the Brookings Institution appointed Smith to be a distinguished nonresident senior fellow in its Metropolitan Policy Program.
Scott Smith is a native of Tucson, Arizona. He and his wife Kim have been married 38 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Smith speaks fluent Spanish and is also a licensed pilot who volunteers his time and plane flying needed blood products to hospitals around Arizona.
For the past seven years, Bryan D. Meyers has served as the Community Manager on behalf of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRP-MIC). In his role as Community Manager, Meyers oversees 25 departments of which he has direct oversight of 11. The Community employs more than 2,000 employees and provides valuable services to more than 8,700 tribal members.
Meyers is responsible for leading and managing all of the personnel, operations and logistics of the Community government.
"My duties are similar to the duties of a City Manager for a municipality, although the Community cannot be only compared to a City," Meyers says. "The SRP-MIC has duties and responsibilities similar to that of the federal, state and county governments as well as private industry all rolled up into one tribal government."
As a full-service government, SRP-MIC operates the daily government operations of the Community which includes Administration, Council, the Office of General Council, Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Budgets and Records, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Treasury, Internal Audit, Purchasing, Cultural Resources and the Community Regulatory Agency.
Other Community operations include: Public Safety, Education and Community Enrichment, Health and Welfare, Public Works-Transportation, Community and Economic Development and Criminal Justice, which all operate numerous programs and offices within their respective departments.
Meyers also serves as a liaison between the Community Council and the Community Government. He carries out administrative requests by the Community Council, assures the day-to-day operations of the departments and programs to ensure that the needs of the Community are met.
Since 1993, the Community has significantly increased services to Community members, said Meyers, who first started with SRP-MIC in 1993. They include the Memorial Hall, the Lehi Community Center, two fire and police substations, housing projects, new school facilities and construction of the new 150,000 square-foot Two Waters Tribal Complex, which includes the 12,800 square-foot Council Chambers and the 12,000 square-foot Community Cafeteria, which are scheduled to open in 2009
The Surprise City Manager is Bob Wingenroth, who began June 11, 2014. Prior to his appointment as manager by the city council, Wingenroth was the Surprise Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Assistant City Manager overseeing Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology, posts he assumed when he started with the city in June, 2013.
Wingenroth is the former City Manager of Anaheim, California and spent 28 years with the City of Phoenix, departing as the Phoenix Finance Director in 2009 to become Chief Financial Officer in Huntington Beach, CA. He was the CFO in Anaheim in 2010 before accepting the city manager position in 2012.
Mr. Andrew Ching began serving the City as City Manager in April 2013, following his appointment as Interim City Manager in January 2013. He served as the City Attorney from August 2006 to January 2013. Mr. Ching started his career in the Tempe City Attorney’s Office as a volunteer in 1992, became a law clerk in 1993 and served as a contract attorney from 1995 to 1996. He left briefly from 1996 to 1998 to work in the Mesa City Prosecutor’s Office, where he was named Prosecutor of the Year in 1997.
Returning to the City, Mr. Ching worked as Assistant City Attorney from 1998 to 2005, and was named Senior Assistant City Attorney in 2004. He left the City in 2005 to work as an associate at Phoenix firm Moyes Storey in the areas of civil litigation, land use litigation, zoning law and local government law.
Mr. Ching was born in Tucson and raised in Tempe, and has been a Tempe resident for over 30 years. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1991 and earned a law degree from Arizona State University in 1994.
As the City Manager of Tolleson, Reyes Medrano, Jr. is charged with ensuring the delivery of municipal services to the community, economic development initiatives, budget creation and administration, strategic planning for the city, fiscal accountability, and employee relations. As a Tolleson native, Reyes has seen the growth of the city from a small farming community to a strong commercial and industrial base that allows for the delivery of many amenities and cultural activities to Tolleson’s citizens.
Reyes began his involvement with the City of Tolleson as a dispatcher and administrative assistant to the Chief of Police for the Tolleson Police Department where he served for five years while completing his Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts in Management from the University of Phoenix. After completing his graduate education, he served as the management assistant in the City Manager’s office. Two years later, he was promoted to the post of Assistant City Manager. He was appointed City Manager in October 2005. In addition to his roles with the city, he has held an Adjunct Faculty position with Estrella Mountain Community College for five years, teaching courses in business and psychology.
As a proponent of smart economic development, Reyes was instrumental in the attraction of CarMax to Tolleson. His current focus is to ensure that Tolleson is seen as a viable and attractive option for retail developers through economic development strategies and the downtown redevelopment initiative.
His passion for empowering and soliciting greatness in all people has led to the implementation of a Total Quality paradigm shift, which ensures educational opportunities for all city employees. He has been a powerful mentor for the city’s youth and government employees alike, imparting the knowledge he has gained throughout his years of community service.
Professionally, Reyes has been a keynote speaker on a variety of topics for numerous organizations, including the Arizona Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, the Maricopa Community College District, and the Gas Light Sustainable Design Expo. He has also been selected to serve the Housing and Urban Development Agency as a member of the Federal National Review Committee and moderated a panel on Diversity in Arizona Municipalities for the Arizona City Manager’s Association. In addition, he was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” for Leadership West Class IV, was selected as a member of the Business Journal’s Inaugural Forty under 40 Class of 2001, which recognizes the top executives under the age of 40 throughout the State of Arizona. He was honored by West Valley Magazine as their first “Mover” of their Movers and Shakers program for 2007.
Community involvement has been a cornerstone for Reyes throughout his lifetime. He has served as a Little League coach for more than 20 years, was the former PTA president for P. H. Gonzales Elementary School, and assisted with the introduction of the civic involvement process and heightened awareness of careers in public affairs through the Tolleson Teen Council. Further, he has worked with teen parents in the parenting program at Tolleson Union High School.
Reyes has been married for 17 years to his wife, Elisa, and is the proud father of six children who are actively involved in the Tolleson community.
Mr. Lorefice began his service as Town Manager on April 24, 2017. Vince has served as the Town’s Public Works Director since 2013. Since joining the Wickenburg team, Mr. Lorefice has compiled a long list of accomplishments that have enhanced the professionalism and level of services in the departments under his purview. Among them include his successful efforts to bring in over $2 million in competitive grants and negotiation regarding the management and transfer of new water and wastewater facilities at Wickenburg Ranch.
In 2016, Mr. Lorefice received the Excellence in Management award from the Town of Wickenburg. He currently serves as the National President for FleetPros and is an active member in the Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association. He will complete his Certified Public Manager designation through Arizona State University this June.
Prior to his service in Wickenburg, Mr. Lorefice worked as the Facilities and Fleet Manager for the Town of Marana, Arizona, supervising fleet services, facilities management, streets and infrastructure maintenance, strategic planning and budgeting. He was involved in several large scale projects, including a facilities master plan, development of a fleet replacement fund, renovating the Town’s police substation, and reorganization of the streets division. Mr. Lorefice attended Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.
Jeanne Blackman was appointed Town Manager on July 2, 2013 by the Mayor and Town Council and is responsible for all operations of the Town in accordance with policies and directives set forth by them.
The Town Manager oversees all Town employee operations and serves as a liaison between our elected officials, residents and local businesses in our community. The Town Manager also serves on a number of Metro Phoenix and West Valley committees and organizations representing our community on a number of important regional issues.
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