Town of Queen Creek
City of El Mirage
Administrative Assistant II
Regional Economic Development Program Manager
The Executive Committee consists of at least three Regional Council members who are elected at the annual meeting to serve for one year (until the next annual meeting). The Executive Committee is required to include the Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Regional Council as ex-officio members. In June 2002, the Executive Committee was expanded to seven members to allow for additional participation by the member agencies. The MAG By-Laws indicate that the business that arises between meetings of the Regional Council can be conducted by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee also serves as the Finance Committee.
Mayor Greg Stanton
City of Phoenix
Mayor Mark Mitchell
City of Tempe
Mayor Jackie Meck
City of Buckeye
Mayor Lana Mook
City of El Mirage
Mayor Gail Barney
Town of Queen Creek
Mayor Jerry Weiers
City of Glendale
Mayor W. J. "Jim" Lane
City of Scottsdale
Gail Barney, Chair
Mayor, Town of Queen Creek
Lana Mook, Vice Chair
Mayor, City of El Mirage
Mark Mitchell, Treasurer
Mayor, City of Tempe
Jackie Meck, Past Chair
Mayor, City of Buckeye
Mayor, City of Glendale
Mayor, City of Mesa
Mayor, City of Phoenix
Gail Barney was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Town Council in January 2002 and was elected Mayor in June 2010. He served on the Planning and Zoning Commission from 1998 to 2002. As Mayor, Barney represents Queen Creek on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, on MAG’s Executive Committee and Economic Development Committee, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors, as Chair of the Maricopa/Northern Pinal Gateway Alliance and represents the Town Council on the Queen Creek Public Safety Retirement Board.
Barney earned an associate degree from Mesa Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University. He is an Eagle Scout. A lifelong Queen Creek resident, he operates his family farm in the community.
Mayor Lana Mook has called Arizona home for more than 30 years. After retiring from approximately three decades in management, training and patient relations in the health care industry, Mook devoted much of her time to volunteering in El Mirage, pursuing her commitment to do everything she could to improve her community. With a number of other community volunteers, she co-founded the People of El Mirage (POEM), a civic-based community organization focused on helping those in need, as well as informing the public on local issues. Under her leadership, the organization promoted local support for Luke Air Force Base, raised funds for local Cub Scouts, and participated in numerous food and clothing drives for the area’s residents in need. In addition, POEM members partnered with local public safety officials to increase safety and awareness in El Mirage neighborhoods.
In 2010, Mook was elected Mayor of the City of El Mirage. She currently serves on the Boards of both Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and Western Maricopa Coalition (Westmarc). She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns and on the Executive Committee of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).
Mayor Mook has provided many years of service to a number of organizations including the Phoenix Suns Charities, the Girl Scouts of America, the U.S. Forest Service (Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Fire Prevention Programs), and is a past Vice-President of the Greater Phoenix American Bowling Association.
Some of Mayor Mook's accomplishments include: developing a partnership with Luke Air Force Base and supporting the F-35A mission. Mayor Mook advocated for passage of an $8 million bond measure to provide El Mirage residents with a community recreational facility with swimming pool and a new police facility. She was appointed to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee consisting of 25 mayors and council members from across the state. The League provides an important link among the 91 incorporated cities and towns in Arizona representing collective interests at the State Legislature, and providing timely information on important municipal issues. She worked to protect basic services such as public safety by successfully advocating for the rehire of four first responders for the Fire Department after they were laid off in 2010. In addition, she encouraged the Police Department to address speeding throughout the community with the assistance of RedFlex photo radar. She has worked to develop El Mirage’s future economic base by approving projects to design quality transportation corridors throughout the city. Reconfiguration of the Thompson Ranch/Grand Avenue/Thunderbird Road intersection and major improvements to El Mirage Road and Thunderbird Road are both scheduled to be completed in early 2017. The design of El Mirage’s portion of the Northern Parkway project is underway. Mayor Mook aso worked to Improve the appearance and quality of life of El Mirage through enhancements to Gentry Park and Grand Avenue.
Mark Mitchell is a third-generation Arizonan with deep roots in the Tempe community. Before being elected Mayor in May, 2012, Mitchell was elected to the City Council in March of 2000 and served three four-year terms.
Mayor Mitchell is a native of Tempe, attending elementary and middle school in the community before graduating from McClintock High School. He also earned a Political Science degree from Arizona State University. Mayor Mitchell is currently an Account Manager for DataBank, a Kyocera Group Company, that focuses on Business Process Improvement and Management.
During his time as Mayor, Mitchell has focused on strengthening Tempe’s local economy and the economic recovery by working to attract new businesses and retain current business partners. Since his election in May, 2012, the City of Tempe has added thousands of jobs, and with the addition of such companies like State Farm, Silicon Bank and Union Bank, Tempe is looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of jobs over the next decade. Mayor Mitchell is also committed to maintaining and improving Tempe’s world-class assets like the Tempe Center for the Arts and Tempe Town Lake, working with law enforcement to ensure that Tempe is made up of safe neighborhoods, and to providing a transparent city government.
As a community member, Mayor Mitchell has served on numerous boards and charitable organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Tempe Diablos, Tempe Leadership Class XV, Tempe Sister Cities, Tempe Impact Education Foundation, Rio Salado Foundation, and Tempe YMCA. Mitchell is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and serves as the City of Tempe’s representative on the Maricopa Association of Government’s Regional Council, Regional Council Executive Committee, and Transportation Policy Committee and also serves on Valley Metro RPTA and Valley Metro Rail Boards of Directors. Mayor Mitchell also currently serves on the Executive Committee for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and is involved with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities.
Mayor Mitchell is continuing his family’s legacy in Arizona politics. His father, Harry Mitchell, was Mayor of Tempe from 1978 to 1994 and served on the City Council for more than 24 years. Harry Mitchell also elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served Congressional District 5 including the City of Tempe from 2007 to 2011. Mayor Mitchell’s great-grandfather, W.W. Mitchell, moved to Tempe in 1945 and served as an Arizona State legislator in the 1940s. He has two daughters that he is raising in his hometown.
Jackie Meck was re-elected in 2012 to a second four-year term as the Mayor of Buckeye. A Buckeye native, Mayor Meck has served previously as town mayor from 1973 to 1975 and as a member of the town council from 1968 to 1975 and from 2002 to 2006.
Mayor Meck is the retired general manager of the Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District. Mayor Meck currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), as a member of the MAG Regional Council Executive Committee, as a member of the MAG Economic Development Committee, as Treasurer for the CAN-DO Coalition (Connecting Arizona and Nevada-Delivering Opportunities) Interstate-11 Coalition, and is on the Board of Trustees for the West Valley Hospital. Mayor Meck has also served as Chair on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Transportation Policy Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, WESTMARC, and Valley Metro RPTA, is a past president of the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Gila River’s El Rio Restoration Project Executive Committee.
Mayor Meck is a past chairman of the city’s Pioneer Days Celebration, and is a member of the Buckeye Elks and Lions Clubs, the Buckeye Valley Museum, the West Valley Fine Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum.
Mayor Meck and his wife of over 50 years, Verlyne, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers is a husband, father, grandfather and devoted public servant who has spent his adult life owning and operating successful businesses, volunteering with non-profit organizations, and serving his community through public service. He and his wife Sandy have been married for 33 years and have lived in Arizona since 1966. Together, they have one daughter and two grandsons. A battle with cancer as a young man gave Mayor Weiers an outlook on life, focused on service, creative problem solving, and enjoying life to the fullest. It is with these values that he diligently serves as Mayor of Glendale every day.
Since taking office in January 2013, Mayor Weiers has actively worked to bring new economic and community activity to Glendale. In just his first year, Mayor Weiers helped the city obtain more than a million dollars in grants for public safety and local non-profit groups, established an annual event to help military veterans, and welcomed many new businesses to Glendale as the City strives to be the most business friendly community in Arizona.
Prior to taking office in Glendale, Mayor Weiers served four terms in the Arizona State Legislature. During that time, he chaired the Natural Resources, Military Affairs and Public Safety, and Rules Committees. Mayor Weiers also served Arizona on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Military Sustainability Task Force.
Throughout his life, Mayor Weiers has been devoted to serving his community. His long and impressive record has earned him recognition for his work on behalf of sportsmen, motorcyclists, and military veterans groups, to name a few.
Mayor Weiers is also an accomplished pilot as well as a member of the Civil Air Patrol with over two decades of flying experience. He owns a hangar and flies out of his home base at the Glendale Airport.
John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014. Giles earned degrees from Brigham Young University in Political Science and Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for more than 20 years.
In 1996, Giles was elected to the Mesa City Council and from 1998 to 2000, he served as Vice Mayor. After his service on the City Council, he remained active in the community and served on 25 boards and committees. Giles has been very involved in interfaith relations throughout the Phoenix-metro area, including serving on the Board of the Arizona Interfaith Movement. As Mayor, he serves on numerous local and regional boards and committees.
Born and raised in Mesa, he graduated from Westwood High School in 1978. Giles is an active marathoner and triathlete who has completed two full Ironman competitions, 20 marathons and four Boston Marathons. In 2013, he was named “Mesa Man of the Year.” Giles and his wife Dawn have been married for more than thirty years. They have five children and five grandchildren.
Thelda Williams is currently mayor pro tempore and Councilwoman for District 1. She was re-elected in 2015 for a third four-year term as District 1 Councilwoman. She has served on the Phoenix City Council since 2008. Previously, she served on the Council from 1989 to 1996 and as interim mayor in 1994.
Before joining the council, she was the Division Commander of the Custody Support/Inmate Programs Division at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from 1996 to 2007, where she supervised the Sheriff's MASH Unit for abused and neglected animals, Hard Knocks High School for incarcerated juveniles, the Alpha Program for drug and/or alcohol-addicted inmates, and all religious and adult programs.
Mayor Williams has been active in community affairs for a number of years, having served on numerous boards and commissions including the city of Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, the city of Phoenix Transit Commission, the Block Watch Oversight Committee, the Deer Valley Planning Committee, the Phoenix Planning and Zoning Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments Board, Women in Local Government Association, Governor's Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women, and the Maricopa County Adult Probation Advisory Board.
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