Elected: May 2012
Current term: expires in 2016
LGBT Liaison to Mayor's Office: Elizabeth Higgins, 480-350-8965
The City of Tempe prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive community. The Mayor's office has designated an LGBT liaison to serve as a resource for both the Mayor and the public with the purpose of elevating LGBT concerns and program opportunities.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5002
Tempe, Arizona 85280
Assistant: Elizabeth Higgins
Formal City Council Meeting Agenda, Action Summary and Minutes
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Executive Session Agenda
Issue Review Session Agenda, Action Summary and Minutes
Board & Commission Meetings
City Council Strategy Session, Member
Meeting Dates and time:
Meets as needed prior to the 1st Council meeting of each month, 4:00 p.m., Location to be determined
Agenda, Minutes and Workplan
State of the City
2012 State of the City
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One of my top priorities as Mayor is to ensure that Tempe has aggressive economic development goals to move our city forward. We have so much to offer, from an educated population to excellent public transportation and a diverse economic base. Come and see our community for yourself, and you’ll see it’s clear that Tempe is open for business.
About Mayor Mitchell
Mark Mitchell is a third-generation Arizonan with deep roots in the Tempe community. Before being elected Mayor in May, 2012, Mitchell was elected to the City Council in March of 2000 and served three four-year terms. Mayor Mitchell also currently serves as the Vice President of the Executive Committee for the Arizona League of Cities and Towns.
Mayor Mitchell is a native of Tempe, attending elementary and middle school in the community before graduating from McClintock High School. He also earned a Political Science degree from Arizona State University and has spent a number of years dedicated to a small business here in Tempe. Mitchell is currently the Vice President of this local business, Arizona Flooring and Interiors.
During his time as Mayor, Mitchell has focused on strengthening Tempe’s local economy and the economic recovery by working to attract new businesses and retain current business partners. Since his election in May, 2012, the City of Tempe has added thousands of jobs, and with the addition of such companies like State Farm, Silicon Bank and Union Bank, Tempe is looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of jobs over the next decade. Mayor Mitchell is also committed to maintaining and improving Tempe’s world-class assets like the Tempe Center for the Arts and Tempe Town Lake, working with law enforcement to ensure that Tempe is made up of safe neighborhoods, and to providing a transparent city government.
As a community member, Mayor Mitchell has served on numerous boards and charitable organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Tempe Diablos, Tempe Leadership Class XV, Tempe Sister Cities, Tempe Impact Education Foundation, and the Tempe YMCA. Mitchell is currently on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and serves as the City of Tempe’s representative on the Maricopa Association of Government’s Regional Council, Transportation Policy and Economic Development Committees.
Mayor Mitchell is continuing his family’s legacy in Arizona politics. His father, Harry Mitchell, was Mayor of Tempe from 1978 to 1994 and served on the City Council for more than 24 years. Harry Mitchell also elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served Congressional District 5 including the City of Tempe from 2007 to 2011. Mayor Mitchell’s great-grandfather, W.W. Mitchell, moved to Tempe in 1945 and served as an Arizona State legislator in the 1940s.
Mitchell is married to his college sweetheart, Debra Mitchell and has two daughters, Allyson and Sophia.
Kiwanis Club of Tempe; Tempe Sister Cities; Tempe Diablos; Tempe Leadership Class 15; Tempe Impact Education Foundation; Tempe YMCA; Arizona League of Cities and Towns, Executive Committee Member; NLC Board Member; NLC City Futures Community & Regional Development Panel, Chair; NLC University Communities Council; Board of Directors, Greater Phoenix Economic Council; Regional Council, Maricopa Association of Government; Rio Salado Foundation, Vice President