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Mayor Elaine Scruggs

Mayor Elaine Scruggs Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Mayor Elaine Scruggs is the recipient of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for regional planning in Maricopa County.

Scruggs received the award from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) during its recently held 2012 Desert Peaks Awards ceremony in recognition for her 22 years of service exemplifying regional cooperation.

“It has been my joy and honor to serve on the MAG Regional Council and various MAG committees as we collaborated to create a Valleywide freeway system, plan for the expansion of airports and airport amenities, develop air quality measures and address human services needs,” said Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs. “Working with elected officials from every city in Maricopa County and the county itself has been one of the best parts of my public service. Supporting our efforts to address current and long-range concerns that affect all Valley cities have been the talented and dedicated MAG staff members under the leadership of Executive Director Dennis Smith. I am overwhelmed by this award and want to thank all I have worked alongside during these remarkable 22 years of progress and regional partnership.”

Since becoming mayor in 1993, Scruggs has held leadership positions on numerous regional organizations and committees. She has been a member of the MAG Regional Council since 1993 and served as chair of MAG from 1997-1998. Mayor Elaine Scruggs is a charter member and current member of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee, which she chaired from 2004-2006.

She also served on the MAG Executive Committee, Transportation Subcommittee and Regional Aviation System Plan Policy Committee. In addition, she is a current member of the MAG Economic Development Committee.

In his remarks while presenting the award to Scruggs, MAG Chair and Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman said she was “instrumental in accelerating the regional freeway system completion by seven years” and that she “continues to work closely with citizens and is noted for being visible, accessible and approachable.”

Earlier this year, Scruggs was honored as one of Arizona’s 48 most intriguing women throughout the state’s 100-year history as part the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project.

Find out more about Mayor Elaine Scruggs at glendaleaz.com/mayor.

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Desert Peaks Awards Honor Regional Efforts

During a ceremony attended by nearly 300 people, the Maricopa Association of Governments honored nine partnerships and individuals in six categories who were selected to receive the 2012 Desert Peaks Awards. The awards are presented to those agencies and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting, recognizing, and attaining the ideals of regionalism. In addition, the first-ever “Lifetime Achievement Award for Regional Planning” was bestowed upon Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, in recognition for her 22 years of service exemplifying regional cooperation.

“Even before she took office, Mayor Scruggs was involved in the ‘get out the vote’ campaign for proposition 300, which implemented the half-cent sales tax that built the regional freeway system we are driving on today,” stated MAG Chair and Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman in conferring the award. “She was a charter member and driving force in creating the Transportation Policy Committee and a primary champion of Proposition 400 to extend the tax another 20 years. She was instrumental in accelerating the regional freeway system completion by seven years. Mayor Scruggs continues to work closely with citizens, and is noted for being visible, accessible and approachable,” he said.

Desert Peaks Awards were distributed in six categories: Public Partnership, Public-Private Partnership, Professional Service (two recipients were selected for this honor), Regional Partnership (two recipients were selected for this honor), Regional Excellence (two recipients were selected for this honor), and a new category added this year, Outstanding Economic Development Champion. See the list of projects below, as well as the partners in the project in the attached page. (Photos available on request.)

This year, two individuals were selected to receive the program’s highest honor for Regional Excellence, Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers and Tempe Councilmember Shana Ellis. Mayor Rogers was nominated “for her regional leadership in guiding the transformation of not only Avondale but the entire region through her direct engagement to ensure its economic, social and cultural vitality.” Councilmember Shana Ellis was cited for being instrumental in having the Regional Public Transportation Authority (Valley Metro) and METRO light rail work in tandem to realize significant efficiencies through a combined, streamlined regional agency.

2012 DESERT PEAKS AWARDS RECIPIENTS
Public Partnership:

  • Regional Emergency Transportation Service

Public-Private Partnership:

  • Gangplank Avondale

Professional Service:

  • Mr. Ed Beasley, former City Manager, City of Glendale
  • Mr. David Smith, former County Manager, Maricopa County

Regional Partnership:

  • Domestic Violence Protocol Evaluation Project
  • Regional Wireless Cooperative/Topaz Regional Wireless Cooperative

Regional Excellence:

  • Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, City of Avondale
  • Councilmember Shana Ellis, City of Tempe

Outstanding Economic Development Champion

  • The Flinn Foundation

Regional Emergency Transportation Service

  • Apache Junction Fire District
  • Town of Gilbert
  • City of Mesa
  • Town of Queen Creek

Public-Private Partnership: Gangplank Avondale

  • City of Avondale
  • Gangplank Collective

Professional Service: Ed Beasley, former Glendale City Manager

Professional Service: David Smith, former Maricopa County Manager

Regional Partnership: Domestic Violence Protocol Evaluation Project

  • City of Apache Junction Police Department
  • City of Avondale Police Department
  • Town of Buckeye Police Department
  • City of El Mirage Police Department
  • Town of Gilbert Police Department
  • City of Glendale
  • City of Goodyear Police Department
  • Maricopa Association of Governments
  • Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
  • City of Mesa Prosecutor’s Office
  • City of Peoria Police Department
  • City of Phoenix Family Advocacy Center
  • City of Phoenix Police Department
  • City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office
  • City of Scottsdale Prosecutor’s Office
  • City of Tolleson Police Department

Regional Partnership: Regional Wireless Cooperative/Topaz Regional Wireless Cooperative

  • Apache Junction Fire District
  • City of Apache Junction
  • City of Avondale
  • Town of Buckeye
  • City of Chandler
  • City of El Mirage
  • Town of Gilbert
  • City of Glendale
  • City of Goodyear
  • Town of Guadalupe
  • City of Mesa
  • City of Peoria
  • City of Phoenix
  • Town of Queen Creek
  •  City of Scottsdale
  • City of Surprise
  • City of Tempe
  • City of Tolleson

Regional Excellence: Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, City of Avondale

Regional Excellence: Councilmember Shana Ellis, City of Tempe

Outstanding Economic Development Champion: Flinn Foundation

Lifetime Achievement Award for Regional Planning: Mayor Elaine M. Scruggs, City of Glendale

For more information on the Desert Peaks Awards, visit azmag.gov.