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December 2016 – Introduction

Hello neighbors!

It has been an honor to live in Sun City Grand for the past 12 years and now it is my privilege and honor to serve you as District 2 City Councilmember.

For those of you who may have been out of town the past few months, I was appointed by the Surprise City Council to serve the remainder of the term for the District 2 council seat in October. I will be sworn into my new four-year term in January.

I have had the great pleasure of meeting so many new people in my new role, but for those I haven’t personally met, I’d like to introduce myself.

I served on the Glendale Fire Department as a firefighter and EMT for 22 years. Prior to that I respectfully served our country for 20 years in the United States Air Force where I trained pilots with critical skills needed to survive warlike conditions.  Like many of the courageous veterans I have met, I am also a Vietnam War veteran.

I currently serve as Adjunct Faculty at Glendale Community College, teaching Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technicians and serve on the city’s Public Safety Retirement Board.

I have been a public servant my entire life, to me, it is my vocation. I’ll be writing to you each month to share the latest news and information about this great city we call home.

I am available to you at any time. Please feel free to reach out to me at jim.hayden@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1322. You can also sign up to receive my newsletter via email by clicking the Notify Me button on my website http://d2.surpriseaz.gov .

Another great way to find out what’s happening in Surprise is to attend one of my two monthly meetings in which I plan to share city news with you and hear what’s on your mind. On the first Tuesday of each month I host a meeting at 10 a.m. – Noon, in Sun City Grand’s Palm Center, in the Mediterranean Room, 19726 N. Remington Drive. On the second Tuesday of the month my meeting is at 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., in Arizona Traditions, Neighborhood Center, 18265 N. Traditions Loop.

We are well into the holiday season and I know you join me in celebrating the opening of the Bell Road Bridge over Grand Avenue! Thank you to the local businesses in that area for your patience and to those of you that continued to shop and support them. Shopping your hometown businesses helps to create jobs and generates sales taxes to pay for police, fire-medical and street maintenance!

Although the bridge is open, construction on the overall Bell-Grand project runs through February 2017, so please continue to shop this area.

I want to close by wishing all of you a very Happy Holiday Season! This is great time of year when we connect with friends, neighbors and family. I look forward to sharing more great things with you in the New Year!

Happy Holidays,

Jim Hayden, District 2 Councilmember

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