Seven apply for D3 seat; Council interviews on Sept. 5

The Surprise City Council will meet to interview the seven applicants seeking the vacant District 3 council seat in a Special Meeting, September 5, at 3 p.m., in City Hall- Council Chambers.

The names of those who filed their applicants by the 5 p.m., August 30th deadline are:  Paul Daly; Patrick Duffy; James Hodge; Randal Kidd Jr.; Kevin Loken; Gisele Norberg; and Gary “Doc” Sullivan.

Paul Daly (withdraw application) has lived in D3 for two years, after living in Scottsdale for 25 years. He is retired from the residential mortgage industry. He served on an informal committee for Greer Ranch North to explore traffic concerns in the neighborhood near the Sonoran Heights Elementary School.  He served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Franklin Park, IL Chamber of Commerce 1976 – 1980. He has an Associate Degree in Marketing Mid-Management from Triton College.

Patrick Duffy is a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch and for the past 9 years has worked part-time as a City of Surprise Recreation Leader 3. He has lived in Surprise for eight years, two of them in D3. Duffy was a member of the Surprise Municipal Property Corporation Board and through his city service has been part of numerous Community and Recreation Services events including Spring Training support, Relay for Life events and Cal Ripken All-Star games. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University.

James Hodge has lived in D3 for seven years and is an Assistant Manager at Discount Tire Direct. He has served as a youth baseball coach, youth flag football coach and volunteered as a score keeper for numerous city rec tournaments. He founded and operated the Sandra Lynn Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit that assisted families with funeral expenses through fundraising events.

Randal Kidd a Transition Specialist with the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind- Phoenix Campus. He has lived in Surprise for eight years. He is Vice President of the Deaf Community of Surprise and participated in the Surprise City Academy this spring. Kidd holds an Associate of Applied Science in Information & Computing Studies from Rochester Institute of Technology and is working towards obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from Arizona State University (May 2018).

Kevin Loken is a District Supervisor at XPO Logistics and had lived in D3 for less than a year. He has a Master of Arts in Management from National University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Cal-State Fullerton. His grandfather, Carlo Leone has served on the Peoria City Council for nearly 20 years.

Gisele Norberg is a member of the Surprise Planning & Zoning Commission and has lived in D3 for nearly two years. Norberg is the owner and independent distributor of AdvoCare International. Her family’s construction business provided her with experience in commercial and residential development. Norberg ran unsuccessfully for the D3 Council seat in 2016. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington State University- Vancouver with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Psychology.

Gary “Doc” Sullivan is a former Surprise City Councilmember (2003 – 2007), serving one of those years as Vice Mayor. He was a member of the former Surprise Economic Development Advisory Board. He has lived in Surprise for 17 years. Sullivan is retired and previously worked in sales for Cox Communications.

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This meeting is an interview-only meeting, council will not take action. Public comments will be received at the public hearing and may also be submitted to the City Clerk through the close of the business day on Tuesday, September 12. Comments received in these ways will be sent to the Council and posted online by the end of the next business day.

Per city code, a district candidate must be selected by the Council no later than the second regularly scheduled council meeting following the public hearing, which is scheduled for 6 p.m., September 19.

The term expiration for the appointment will be December 31, 2018; and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled Council election in August 2018.

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District 3’s Williams resigns from Council

District 3 Councilmember John Williams on Tuesday, submitted a letter of resignation from the City Council effectively immediately.

Williams was first elected to the City Council in November 2007. He was re-elected last fall to begin a new four-year team January 1, 2017.  Williams was elected Vice Mayor by the City Council in 2012 and again in 2015.

Williams noted his decision for resigning in his letter sent to the City Council and City Manager this morning:

“My intention a year ago was to fulfill my obligations as an elected official with four more years of service. Life tends to pivot and shift quickly, often unpredictable, unavoidable, and inconvenient. So while this decision comes very early in my third term, and as a surprise to some, it is founded on what is best for my family, my ability to support my family, and how to best serve Surprise and District 3. In stepping down my goal is to refocus all my energy on being the best I can be, as a father, husband and throughout my professional career, never sacrificing the joy in the journey. My hope, I open the door for someone else, someone that reflects the ideals of the working family in District 3 and Surprise, a visionary who will look ahead and serve the greater good for our District and City. Service will never leave me, it’s what drove me to seek re-election, and is critical for growing a vibrant and engaged community. So while I will no longer serve in this leadership role, I remain as committed as ever to our community.”

“John’s sacrifice to service is commendable,” says Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “I had the pleasure to serve with him over the past eight years through good times and challenging times for our city and he was a very compassionate leader for Surprise. I recognize the challenges of balancing family, work and service and while I will miss him on the dais, I respect his needing to take more time to devote to family.”

Per city code, City Council must formally accept Williams’ resignation at a public meeting. As it is not listed on tonight’s council agenda, Council will have to take that action at a future meeting.

Because Williams has more than two years remaining on his term, state law requires the city to put the remainder of his term on the next Council election ballot that would be August 2018.

Once Council takes formal action, the City Clerk shall begin the process to advertise for those wishing to apply for the District 3 seat and serve up until the August 2018 election.

The Council interviews each applicant at a public hearing held no later than 10 days following the close of the application acceptance period, followed by a seven-day period during which public comment may be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office.

Additional details will be provided by the city once the application process is open.