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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
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 Association for Retarded Citizens Advisory Board; Child Crisis Center Advisory Board; and Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ex-Officio Board member. His current regional assignments include President of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors (GPEC), Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Ex-Officio Board member, 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: Economic Development, Trade and Cultural Affairs (2003-2004); Labor and Economic Development (2005-2006); Transportation (2007-2008); and Redistricting and Elections (2009-2010). 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

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Councilmember Kevin Hartke Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke

Vice Mayor 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 Co-chair of the Continuum of Care Regional Committee to End Homelessness for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). Kevin serves as a board member on three other regional boards as well: MAG’s Economic Development Committee, the Valley’s Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) and the Valley Metro Light rail. 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.

In Chandler, Kevin volunteers with several organizations. He 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 with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). He is a literacy advocate that reads weekly to 6th graders at Galveston Elementary School with BookPALS. Kevin has volunteered at Galveston for the past 11 years. 

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 is currently active with Chandler's two Sister Cities, Tullamore, Ireland; and Tainan, Taiwan.
He also has served on the executive board 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. Regionally, Kevin’s past service has included a Governor’s commission on Faith and Communities and a Congressional Committee on Faith and Neighborhoods.

Kevin has been married to Lynne for more than 35 years. They have four children: Nathan, Aleah, Katelyn and Zachary and three grandchildren, Micah, Madelynn and Benjamin.

Current term expires January 2019

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Councilmember Nora Ellen 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 associate broker at Revelation Real Estate in Chandler.

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 also served as the ex officio member of the Chandler Airport Commission and on the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She currently serves on the Maricopa Association of Governments Transportation Policy Committee, the Chandler Chamber Education Forum Committee, and the Chamber's Public Policy Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler to help women and families in crisis.

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 2021
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Councilmember Sam Huang
Councilmember Sam Huang

Councilmember Sam Huang was born and raised in Taiwan. He and his family have lived in Chandler since 2007. Sam began his first term on City Council in January 2017.

While in Taiwan, Sam received his teaching certificate from Taiwan Norma University and became a school teacher.  He was also active in local politics and entrepreneurship.

He and his wife moved to the United States in 1993 and became United States citizens in 2006.  Sam continued his doctoral studies, while supporting his wife’s educational aspirations in dentistry and raising their children.

Sam is passionate about education and earned his Ph.D. in the field of Comparative Education at the State University of New York-Buffalo.  He has experience teaching in Chinese schools and the Buffalo Public Schools District.

Since moving to Arizona, Sam developed an interest in real estate on a part-time basis, and later served as the principal at Career Success High School in Mesa.

Councilmember Huang is an Ex-Officio member of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. Sam is also involved with the Chandler Kiwanis, Phoenix Asian Lions clubs, and the Arizona Asian American Association.  Prior to taking office, he served on Chandler’s Museum Advisory Board. 

Sam has been married for 23 years and has two sons.

Current term expires January 2021

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Councilmember René Lopez
Councilmember René Lopez

Councilmember René Lopez has lived and worked in Chandler for more than 10 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 15 years of experience working in Telecommunications, Energy, and currently in Information Technology.
He currently serves as an advisor on Congressman Matt Salmon’s Hispanic Community Affairs Advisory Council.
He previously served two years as a board member on the City’s Parks and Recreation Board.

René has been married to Jessica for 20 years. They have two children: Brianna and Andrew.
Current term expires January 2019

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Councilmember Terry Roe Councilmember Terry Roe

Councilmember Terry Roe became a resident of the Southeast Valley in 1965 and moved his family to Chandler in 1988. He began his first term on the City Council in January 2015.

In the late 1970s, Terry was the managing photographer of the Williams Air Force Base photography lab and eventually took a position with Grand Canyon Color Labs as a lab supervisor and a wholesale accounts manager. Over the past 20-years he has stayed active in wedding photography and commercial video production through a small business he owned and operated at the time. 

In 1987, Terry completed the Phoenix Regional Police Academy and began a 20-year career with the Mesa Police Department. While serving as a police sergeant Terry worked in the DARE unit, Robbery Detail, The Center Against Family Violence and the Auto Theft and Burglary Unit.

Terry has an extended history of volunteer and leadership service in the community. In 1999, Terry was appointed by Governor Jane Hull to the Arizona Parent’s Commission on Drug Education and Prevention, serving two terms. He also was a Scout Leader and a two-term board member on the Mesa Police Benevolent Fund.  

Today, Terry is a Chandler Kiwanis Club member and serves on the Salvation Army Chandler Corps Advisory Board. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the Chandler Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse and serves on the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and Maricopa Association of Gove