Councilmember David N. Smith

City of Scottsdale

Mayor W.J. “Jim” LaneDavid N. Smith began his first term on the Scottsdale City Council in January 2015.

Councilman Smith has more than 40 years of senior financial management experience, mostly in the public service and not-for-profit sectors.

He served as Scottsdale’s city treasurer and chief financial officer from October 2009 until he retired in July 2013. Prior to that, he served as vice chair of Scottsdale's citizen budget review commission.

Before his service with the city of Scottsdale, Councilman Smith was the chief financial officer (CFO) for Amtrak from 2004 to 2007 and served as the CFO for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest electric utility, from 1995 to 2003.

Previously, he was vice president of finance at LTV Corporation, a diversified company with interests in steel, aircraft component manufacturing and energy and defense products. Earlier corporate positions include assistant treasurer, director of corporate finance and vice president of corporate planning.

He and his wife Diana owned and published the Scottsdale Airpark News from 1986 to 1997.

Councilman Smith earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from Northwestern University and a master's degree in finance from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.