new officers include local officials

The Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Council elected a new chair, Mesa Mayor John Giles. The Regional Council is MAG’s governing body.

Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise was elected to serve as vice chair. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego will serve as treasurer. Those selected to serve as at-large members include Carefree Mayor Les Peterson, Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and El Mirage Mayor Alexis Hermosillo.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers will move into the position of past chair. The MAG Regional Council is a 32-member board that serves as the governing and policy-making body for MAG.

The newly elected officers for MAG will focus on a new regional transportation plan that will guide transportation investments for decades.

Giles outlined three key priorities for the coming year, including finalizing the regional transportation plan, MOMENTUM; implementing regional strategies to end homelessness; and ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in MAG’s work.

“I am proud of MAG for continuing to be the consummate forum of collaboration, bringing leaders from around the region to a single table,” Giles said as he accepted the gavel at the meeting. 

“As elected officials, there is peace of mind knowing we are not alone when it comes to facing challenges. We rely on each other — for counsel, for collective problem-solving and for creating a competitive, thriving region.”

Other newly elected officers include Tempe City Manager Andrew Ching, who will serve as chair for the MAG Management Committee. Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher will serve as the vice chair. The Management Committee is responsible for receiving input from MAG technical committees, analyzing the technical and policy implications, and providing recommendations to the MAG Regional Council.

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke will serve as chair of the Transportation Policy Committee, with Maricopa County Supervisor Jack Sellers as the vice chair. The TPC is responsible for overseeing the development of the 20-year regional transportation plan and guiding transportation planning in the region.

The MAG Economic Development Committee also will welcome new officers, with El Mirage Mayor Alexis Hermosillo selected as chair and Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis as vice chair. The EDC develops initiatives to advance economic vitality in the region, especially transportation infrastructure.

All newly elected officers will serve a one-year term.

The Maricopa Association of Governments provides a forum for local governments working together on issues that affect the lives of everyone in the greater Phoenix region.