|Mayor and Council
Meet Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the members of the Chandler City Council. The Mayor and City Council members are elected "at large" to represent the entire City. They are not elected to represent districts or wards.
City Council meetings are usually held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Study Sessions are usually held on the Monday prior to a Council meeting. Check the City Meetings Calendar or the Meeting Agendas pages for the official schedule.
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||Mayor Jay Tibshraeny
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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. He originally served as a member of the City Council from 1986 to 2002 as Councilmember, Vice Mayor and as Mayor. He was first elected Chandler Mayor in 1994, and served in that capacity for four consecutive terms through 2002.
A native of Chandler, he has a lifetime of public service in the East Valley. He serves on the following Professional & Civic Organizations: Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley Emeritus Board; Chandler/Gilbert Arc Advisory Board; Child Crisis Center Advisory Board; and Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ex-Officio Board member. His current regional assignments include Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors (GPEC), president of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee; and East Valley Partnership (EVP) Ex-Officio Board member.
Since returning to the Mayor’s Office in 2011, Mayor Tibshraeny has received a number of awards for his work at the local and regional level. In 2015, he received the Teal and Silver Community Leader Award from Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and the Outstanding Public Official Award from the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association. In 2014, he received the Maricopa Association of Governments Desert Peak Regional Excellence Award and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Community Cup award. In 2013 Mayor Tibshraeny received the prestigious American City and County Magazine Municipal Leader of the Year Award as well as the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Outstanding Regional Contribution Award. In 2012 he received the Dwight Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award from the EVP.
Locally, some of his past professional & civic organizations include: Chandler Historical Society; Chandler Museum Advisory Board (2007-2011), Board Chairman (2008-2011); ICAN Site Advisory Committee; Chairman of the Chandler Citizen's Oversight Committee, General Plan Update (2007 - 2008); Chairman of the Chandler Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Boards & Commissions Appointments (2005); Chandler Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board (1994 - 2002); and Chandler Volunteer Fireman Pension Board (1994 - 2002).
During his tenure in the State Senate he served on a number of committees as a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures: Labor and Economic Development (2005-2006); Transportation (2007-2008); Redistricting and Elections (2009-2010); and Legislative Effectiveness. As a member of the America Legislative Exchange Council he served on: Civil Justice Task Force (2003-2004); and Tax and Fiscal Police Task Force (2005-2010).
On the Regional and National level he has served on: Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors (2002); Greater Phoenix Economic Council Executive Committee (2002); MAG Secretary/Treasurer (2000 - 2002); MAG Executive Committee (1997 - 2002); Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Committee (2000 - 2002); National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure & Services Policy Committee (1986 - 2002); Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce Advisory Council (1999 - 2002); Williams Air Force Base Redevelopment Partnership (1994 - 2002); Regional Public Transportation Authority (Past Chairman) (1994 - 2002); and Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (Past Chairman) (1994 - 2002).
Mayor Tibshraeny is a small businessman and home builder. He completed 12 years in the Chandler Public School System and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He and his wife Karen have one daughter, Lauren.
Current term expires January 2019
||Vice Mayor Jack Sellers
Vice Mayor Jack Sellers has lived in Chandler since 1994. He began his tenure on the City Council in January 2009.
He is the former facilities manager for the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Mesa. In February 2014, Jack was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to a six-year term on the Arizona State Transportation Board.
During his time here in Chandler, Jack has been active in the community and in the region with a strong interest in economic development and transportation issues. He served as a member and chair of the Chandler Transportation Commission and chaired the Chandler Transportation Bond Committee. He also served on the Airport Noise Compatibility Study Advisory Committee, represents Chandler on the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee, chairs the MAG Transportation Policy Committee and is a member of the MAG Regional Council.
He has also been very active with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council serving on the International Leadership Committee and as a board member and executive committee member. With the East Valley Partnership, he is a member of the board, serves on the Economic Development and Government Relations Committees and chairs the Transportation Committee. Jack is a member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and participates on the Public Policy Committee. He also served as a board member and chair of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce — having been named Business Leader of the Year in 2004.
Vice Mayor Sellers is a member of Arizona Town Hall and has served as a board member and participated in four Town Halls, twice as a Delegate and twice as a Panel Leader. He is also a member of the Arizona Mexico Commission where he serves on the Transportation Committee. He has been High School Booster Club President, Elementary School PTO President, Little League coach, Homeowners Association President and a member of the Maricopa Community College Commission on Excellence in Education.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from New Mexico State University. Jack has three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Current term expires January 2017
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||Councilmember Nora Ellen
Councilmember Nora Ellen has been a resident of Chandler since 2002 and has lived in the Southeast Valley since 1990. She began her tenure on the City Council in January 2013.
She is a real estate investor and full-time multi-million dollar producer at Keller Williams Realty East Valley.
Councilmember Ellen initiated the City's Operation Welcome Home program, which recognizes the dedication and service of military members in our community.
Councilmember Ellen has served as a Commissioner on the City’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee and was appointed on Mayor Tibshraeny’s Four Corner Retail Committee. She currently is the ex officio member of the Chandler Airport Commission and serves on the Chandler Chamber Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler to help women in crisis. In addition, she serves on the Realtor Association’s Government Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee for Keller Williams Realty East Valley.
She has a lifetime of volunteer service and leadership positions through children’s clubs, the Kyrene School Curriculum Task Force, PTO, Christian Services Association, women’s sports, homeless counseling, youth mentoring, fundraising and music teams. She has also assisted in elderly care, orphanage support, the Care 7 Crisis Response Team, Hope for Mexico and has served as a Trustee in her local church.
Councilmember Ellen has a son and daughter-in-law, State Representative J.D. Mesnard and Holly Mesnard, and daughter and son-in-law, Juel and Aaron Perry, and one grandchild, Liana.
Current term expires January 2017
||Councilmember Kevin Hartke
Councilmember Kevin Hartke has lived in Chandler since 1985. Although he began his tenure on City Council in January of 2011, he also served for a year as an interim Councilmember in 2008. He continues to serve as Lead Pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler where he has worked since 1985. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from University of Missouri, Columbia; and a master’s degree in Theology with Fuller Theological Seminary.
Kevin is involved extensively in the state and Chandler community. He currently serves regionally as the Chairman of the Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), as the Vice Chair on the MAG Human Services & Community Initiatives Committee, as a Board Member of the Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) and the Congressional District 5 Committee on Faith and Neighborhoods. Kevin is also the statewide director of a nonprofit organization, For Our City. For Our City is a collaborative effort of government, business, nonprofit and faith leaders gathered to find solutions for needs in a community.
Kevin is a Flinn-Brown Fellow.
In Chandler, Kevin volunteers with several organizations. He is the director of For Our City-Chandler. He also serves on the board of the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA), helps with American Cancer Society, serves as a member of the Public Policy Committee at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). He is a literacy advocate and reads weekly to 5th and 6th graders at Galveston Elementary School with BookPALS.
In the City of Chandler, his past service had included being a commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Commission, chairman of Human Relations Commission, chairman of the 2010 Complete Count Committee, member of a previous Charter Revision Committee and an ex official member of Chandler Airport Commission.
He also has served on the executive board member of the Chandler Coalition On Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), coached soccer for the YMCA, organized citywide community volunteer efforts and helped organize and lead Chandler’s first traditional neighborhood association, Arrowhead Meadows.
Kevin has been married to Lynne for more than 30 years. They have four children: Nathan, Aleah, Katelyn and Zachary and two grandchildren, Micah and Madelynn.
Current term expires January 2019
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||Councilmember Rick Heumann
Councilmember Rick Heumann moved to Chandler in 1982. He began his tenure on the City Council in January 2009. For more than two decades, Rick has worked as a sales manager for CMA, a manufacturer’s representative group supporting companies in the gift and home furnishings industry throughout the western United States. Rick serves regionally as the President for the Arizona Municipal Waters Users Association, and as a Board Member of Metro Light Rail.
He has been heavily involved in neighborhood issues throughout Chandler over the past 15 years, and has served as Board President with two different Homeowners Associations. He is a board member with the Desert Cancer Foundation and serves as an ex officio board member of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. He is also a member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, serving on its public policy committee, and is a member of the Chandler Historical Society. Rick also served as Treasurer and Vice Chair for OASIS – a Phoenix-based Trade Organization from 1995-2004.
He also has an extensive history of service to the City of Chandler as member of the Chandler Parks and Recreation Commission and as a member, Vice Chair and Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He co-chaired the 2007 Chandler City Bond Election Committee, and chaired the 1999 Transportation Bond Election Committee. He has been a member of Chandler’s CERT team since 2002 and chairs the Chandler Education Coalition partnership committee – a group he established in 2011 -- to explore educational issues and opportunities from a community-wide perspective. The coalition led the first annual Science and Technology Festival in February 2012.
Rick has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Arizona State University. Rick and Julie have been married 31 years and have a daughter, Kristin, a recent doctoral graduate and assistant professor at Colorado Mesa University.
Councilmember René Lopez
Councilmember René Lopez has lived and worked in Chandler for more than seven years. He began his first term on the Chandler City Council in January of 2015.
He is a third generation Arizona native, born and raised in the East Valley. René graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, with a minor in Direct Energy Conversion.
René is also a third generation U.S. Navy seaman. He served as a Naval Officer aboard submarines, honorably separating from the Navy in 2000 as a Lieutenant, with more than four years of service. After more than a decade of traveling and moving with the U.S. Navy and as a Project Manager, he has finally moved back home.
René has an extensive career in Project Management, with more than 14 years of experience working in Telecommunications, Energy, and currentl