Mayor and Council

The Mayor and City Councilmembers are elected "at large" to represent the entire City. They are not elected to represent districts or wards. The term of the office of Mayor and Councilmember is four years and is limited to two consecutive terms. Candidate elections are held in the even-numbered years. Each election year, three positions for City Council are up for election. Every four years an election is held for the office of Mayor.

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.

Chandler City Council

2023 Chandler City Council

Front row, from left: Councilmember Jane Poston, Councilmember Angel Encinas, Vice Mayor Matt Orlando, and Councilmember Christine Ellis.
Back row, from left: Councilmember OD Harris, Mayor Kevin Hartke and Councilmember Mark Stewart

 

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Mayor Kevin Hartke

Current Term: January 2023 – January 2027

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Mayor Kevin Hartke

Mayor Kevin Hartke began his second term in January 2023. Before serving as Mayor he previously served on Council for nine years on the City Council. Mayor Hartke served as Vice Mayor twice, in 2015 and 2017.

Mayor Hartke and his wife, Lynne, have been married for 42 years and have lived in Chandler since 1985. He served as Lead Pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler where he worked from 1985-2018. He still serves part-time at the church. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia; and a master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He served nine years as the statewide director of For Our City, which is a collaborative effort of government, business, nonprofit, and faith leaders gathered to find solutions for needs in a community.

Mayor Hartke is involved extensively in the state, Phoenix metropolitan region, and Chandler. As Mayor, he serves on:

  • Arizona League of Cities and Towns Vice President
  • Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Executive Board and Regional Council Vice Chair
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council

In Chandler, he also volunteers with:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Ex-officio Board member with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce
  • Ex-officio Board member with Chandler's Sister Cities
  • Ex-officio Board member with For Our City-Chandler

His past regional service included the following:

  • Board member of the MAG Economic Development Committee
  • Board member of the Regional Public Transportation Authority
  • Board member of Valley Light Rail
  • Board member with Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona
  • Chair of the Continuum of Care Regional Committee to End Homelessness for MAG
  • Governor’s Commission on Faith and Communities and the Congressional Committee on Faith and Neighborhoods

His past service in Chandler and beyond included the following:

  • Chandler City Councilmember
  • Commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Chairman of Human Relations Commission
  • Chairman of the 2010 Complete Count Committee and member of a previous Charter Revision Committee
  • Ex-official member of Chandler Airport Commission
  • For Our City Chandler Director
  • Executive Board of the Chandler Coalition On Youth Substance Abuse
  • YMCA soccer coach
  • Community volunteer activist and organizer of citywide volunteer efforts and Arrowhead Meadows Traditional Neighborhood Organizer
  • Literacy advocate, reading weekly to students at Galveston Elementary since 2007

 

Connect with the Mayor's Initiatives
Mayor Hartke supports several initiatives to connect with community members in areas that are important to the entire City. The Mayor encourages all Chandler residents to get involved.

Councilmember Matt Orlando
Current Term: January 2023 – January 2027

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Vice Mayor Matt Orlando

Vice Mayor Matt Orlando has been a resident of Chandler since 1983 and began his sixth term on the City Council in January 2023. He also served as a City Councilmember from 1990-1998, 2004-2013, and 2019-2023.

In November of 2016, he retired from Honeywell. His final role was Director of Technical Sales and was responsible for business development, sales and marketing of more than $500M worth of satellite, space and missile technology communications products for the military and other government agencies. He led a world-wide sales and business team of 26 people and directed successful business ventures in both the U.S. and international markets.

Councilmember Orlando retired as a Colonel in the US Air Force after serving 30 years on active duty and in the Arizona Air National Guard. His last assignment was serving as the Chief of Staff for the Arizona Air Staff Headquarters.

He is married to Pat and they have three children and two grandchildren. A native of Newark, NJ, he graduated from Rutgers University, New Jersey with a BA in Political Science and received an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA.

Vice Mayor Orlando is:

  • A Lifetime Member of Optimist Club and National Guard Association of Arizona
  • A member of the National League of Cities’ Board of Directors
  • A member of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association Board of Directors
  • Chair of Read On Chandler/ Chandler Education Coalition

He was previously a member of:

  • The National League of Cities’ Transportation, Infrastructure and Services Policy and Advocacy Committee
  • Arizona State Representative to the National League of Cities’ FAIR Committee (during his 1st term)
  • Previous Chairman of the National League of Cities’ Financial, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Federal Advocacy Committee
  • Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Human Services Coordinating Committee chair
  • The MAG Regional Aviation Systems Plan Policy Committee
  • Past President of the Chandler Girls Softball League

He currently serves on the following Chandler City Council subcommittees:

  • Neighborhoods
  • Quality of Life
  • Sustainability and Technology

He is a past president of:

  • Board of Directors of the Chandler YMCA
  • Chandler Optimist Club

He is a active in the following:

  • American Legion member
  • Chandler Youth Baseball and YMCA youth programs coach
  • Junior Achievement teacher to elementary age school children 
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Past President of the Chandler Girls Softball League
  • Umpire for both youth and adult softball
Councilmember Christine Ellis
Current Term: January 2021 - January 2025

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Councilmember Christine Ellis

Councilmember Christine Ellis was born and raised in Haiti and moved to the United States in 1982. She has resided in Chandler since 1987. She has been married to her husband, Benjamin, for 36 years with daughter Taliah, and son Sean, who forever lives in their hearts.

Councilmember Ellis has a Bachelor of Science, in Nursing from Grand Canyon University and currently attends Walden University in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program . She has worked as an RN for many large hospitals and care facilities, while holding many high-level positions such as Director of Nursing in the Metro Phoenix area. Christine has also taught various medical field and certified nursing classes in Arizona’s community colleges.

From 1998 to 2015, she founded and operated Cedar Sanctuary LLC, realizing that families needed an alternative to caring for their loved ones. In addition to caring for the elderly, she has been a part of the foundation of the The Bridge/FCS Ministry for more than 22 years which helps feed the local homeless population and provides to their spiritual needs, partnering with other ministries in Arizona.

As a Councilmember, Christine serves on local and regional committees, including:

  • Chandler City Council subcommittees for Mobility and Quality of Life
  • Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Domestic Violence Council, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Human Services and Community Initiatives Committee, National League of Cities (NLC) Women in Municipal Government and National Black Caucus


Councilmember Ellis also serves on:

  • Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services and Community Initiatives Committee
  • National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government and National Black Caucus
  • Maricopa Association of Governments Domestic Violence Commission
  • Co-founded Oppression Healing Ministry
  • Advisory Board Member of HASCED (Haitian American Center for Social Economic Development)
  • Committee Member - For Our City
  • Chair of Pollack Haitian Hope Center
  • Board Member of Midwest International Food Bank AZ
  • Governor-appointed member of the Arizona Nursing Board
  • Vice President of Mastering the Journey
  • Boardmember of Chandler YMCA
  • Member of the Chandler Exchange Club
  • Member-At-Large of National Haitian Association of Elected Officials


Councilmember Ellis currently serves on the following Chandler City Council Subcommittees:

  • Community Safety
  • Economic Vitality
  • Quality of Life

Her past service in Chandler and beyond included the following 

  • Member, Governor-Appointed Board, Infection Control, State of Arizona, Assisted Living Rep
  • Chandler SDA Church Building Committee Board
  • Co-Founder of nonprofit The Bridge for Community Services
  • Co-Chair HID (Haiti Infrastructure and Development)
  • Co-Founder, Village D’Esperance Orphanage in Haiti
  • Co-Founder, Haitian Disaster Relief, Board President
  • Co-Chair, Haitian American Center for Social Economic Development –HACSED
  • Marianne Dejodiurs Foundation
Councilmember Angel Encinas
Current Term: January 2023 – January 2027

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Councilmember Angel Encinas

Councilmember Angel Encinas is your hometown councilmember. Raised in the heart of downtown, where he still lives to this day. Councilmember Encinas manages an immigration consulting firm and also is a realtor. Both professions give him a reach into the community on several important levels. Councilmember Encinas is a product of our Chandler public schools and holds a degree in Business from Arizona State University with a minor in Sustainability.  

As a Councilmember, he serves on the following City of Chandler Subcommittees:

  • Community Safety
  • Neighborhoods
  • Sustainability and Technology

Councilmember Encinas also serves on the Chandler Commerce Education Workforce Development Coalition

 

 

 

 

 

Councilmember OD Harris
Current Term: January 2021 - January 2025

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Councilmember OD Harris

Councilmember OD Harris began his first term in January 2021. He is a proud U.S. Army Veteran, successful entrepreneur, a best-selling author, and founder of the National Ready Set Go Foundation (RSG).

Councilmember Harris began his entrepreneurial journey by opening one of the largest minority-owned accounting firms and successfully franchised the business.

Councilmember Harris’ passion and commitment is to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Mental Health, and Economic Development. It is through his beliefs and forward-thinking on these issues and others unmentioned that makes Chandler a great place to live, work, and play.

Councilmember Harris is a man of faith, a devoted husband and father. He leads as a servant-leader on local, regional, and national committees and boards. With a master’s degree in accounting and lived experiences, formed through the perseverance and pursuit of education and business opportunities, that he brings a well-rounded and enthusiastic perspective when serving his community.

As a Councilmember, he serves on local and regional committees, including:

  • Board of Directors, Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)

  • Board of Directors, Valley Metro Rail
  • Board Treasurer, Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA)
  • Governing Board of La Frontera Arizona and EMPACT-SPC
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
  • Chandler City Council Subcommittees for Economic Vitality, Innovation and Technology, and Neighborhoods
  • Co-chair of Black Philanthropy Initiative through the Arizona Community Foundation

 

Councilmember Harris currently serves on the following Chandler City Council Subcommittees:

  • Community Safety
  • Connectivity
  • Quality of Life

His past service in Chandler and beyond included the following:

  • City of Chandler Airport Commission (Ex-officio)

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Chairman of Economic and Entrepreneur Development of Maricopa County

  • Board Member – National Black MBA – Phoenix, Chicago and Los Angeles Chapters

  • Advisory Board Member-Clean Home Project

  • 100 Black Men of Phoenix

  • Black Philanthropy Initiative under the Arizona Community Foundation

    Councilmember Jane Poston
    Current Term: January 2023 – January 2027

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    Councilmember Jane Poston

    Councilmember Jane Poston owns J2 Media, a 22-year video production and communications company, in partnership with her husband Jason. Together, they have raised a family and built their business in Chandler, while devoting time to supporting their community through service. As a small business owner who grew up in the East Valley, Councilmember Poston has experienced the enormous growth of Arizona, and managed and grown her successful small business through times of prosperity and times of national crisis.

    As a former city employee, Councilmember Poston has worked with every department and possesses a strong understanding of the workings of municipal government from the inside out, including the budget, economic development, Mayor & Council and community events. In short, she understands how government works, and which questions to ask. She is an advocate for fiscal responsibility, government transparency, communication and responsiveness.

    She plans to apply her business experience to develop a creative and innovative vision of what Chandler can be.

    Councilmember Poston serves on the:

    • MAG Economic Development Committee
    • City of Chandler Connectivity Subcommittee
    • City of Chandler Economic Vitality Subcommittee
    • City of Chandler Neighborhoods Subcommittee

    Councilmember Poston's community experience includes:

    • 2021 Citizens Bond Committee (Airport)
    • ACEE
    • Arizona Center for Blind & Visually Impaired, Board Member
    • AZCEND
    • Chandler Chamber Board Chair (2021)
    • Chandler Education Foundation Board, President
    • Chandler Firefighter Charities, Pro Bono Work
    • CUSD Bond & Override, Marketing Chair
    • East Valley JCC Board
    • Fans Across America
    • Women in Leadership, Chair
    Councilmember Mark Stewart
    Current Term: January 2021 - January 2025

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    Councilmember Mark Stewart

    Councilmember Mark Stewart, a resident of Chandler since 2001, began his first term on the City Council in January 2017. Councilmember Stewart and his family moved from the Midwest expecting to stay for a couple of years before returning home. They fell in love with the community, the people, and the vision of what Chandler would become. His children both graduated high school through the Chandler Unified School District and are proudly attending Arizona State University. The Stewarts can’t imagine calling somewhere else home.

    Councilmember Stewart believes good governance involves helping provide a community that is safe, livable and committed to facilitating an improved quality of life and business opportunity. He works to foster a community that embraces inclusion, innovation and spirit on entrepreneurial development. He knows that a good municipal fiscal policy provides the backbone for the most successful cities.

    Councilmember Stewart has a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University. Within the community, he volunteers and supports local nonprofits and maintains an active faith. Mark is a coach for the YMCA and Little League International.

    Councilmember Stewart serves on the:

    • Maricopa Association of Governments Transportation Policy Committee
    • East Valley Partnership Executive Leadership Team
    • East Valley Partnership Board of Directors
    • National League of Cities Information Technology and Communications Federal Advocacy Committee
    • Arizona Legislative Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Subcommittee
    • Member and Speaker for the Government Blockchain Association
    • Arizona State Ambassador for the Job Creators Network
    • CeCe's Hope Center Board of Directors

    He currently serves on the following Chandler City Council subcommittees:

    • Connectivity
    • Economic Vitality
    • Sustainability and Technology