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Council appoints Nancy Hayden to serve District 2

The Surprise City Council appointed Nancy Hayden to serve as the councilmember for District 2 (D2), at their Tuesday Regular Meeting.

Hayden immediately took the Oath of Office and joined the council for the remainder of the meeting.

The seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden December 20, 2017.

In all, six applicants were interviewed by the council in a January 23rd Special Meeting. You can watch the applicant interviews here.

Nancy Hayden has lived in Sun City Grand for 15 years and is the wife of the late Councilmember Jim Hayden. She cited wanting to develop a strong relationship between the city and residents and be part of the community’s development among her reasons for wanting to serve.

You can read the complete candidate applications here, listed in order in which they were received by the City Clerk.

Hayden’s appointment term will end December 31, 2018. The candidate that wins the August 28 Primary Election will then serve out the remaining two years of the four-year term, beginning January 1, 2019.

D2 includes the following neighborhoods: Sun City Grand, Bell West Ranch and portions of Arizona Traditions.

For more information about the August election visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2018election.

D2 Councilmember signing

Public input online for D2 applicants; Council votes February 6

All comments submitted to the City Clerk during the public input period, January 23 – January 30, have been posted to www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk.

The applicants (read complete applications) listed below were interviewed by the City Council at the January 23rd Special Council Meeting. You can watch the interviews here).

Nancy Hayden

Alyson Cline

Robert Estep

Susan deJong

Wendell V. Fountain

Glenn L. Stark

The District 2 seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the appointment at their Regular Meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, at City Hall.

Public input opens for D2 applicants; Council votes February 6

The public input period for the applicants seeking the District 2 Council appointment is open through Tuesday, January 30 at 5 p.m.

The District 2 seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

Public comments can be received by:

  • E-mail (clerk@surpriseaz.gov)
  • Hand-delivered written responses to the City Clerk
  • By mail (ATTN: City Clerk, Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374)

The following applicants (read complete applications) were interviewed in the order in which applications were received by the City Clerk:

Nancy Hayden

Alyson Cline

Robert Estep

Susan deJong

Wendell V. Fountain

Glenn L. Stark

You can watch the applicant interviews here: https://surpriseaz.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=31&clip_id=4869

Note: Brian Eichelberger had applied, but withdrew his application before the interviews.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the appointment at their Regular Meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, at City Hall.

To view the candidates applications visit www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk.

D2 applicant names released; interviews on January 23

 Six residents of District 2 have applied to fill the vacancy on City Council, following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

The application filing period closed at 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 17.

The following applicants (read complete applications) are listed by the order in which applications were received by the City Clerk:

Nancy Hayden – SC Grand: Hayden has lived in Surprise for 15 years and is the wife of the late Councilmember Jim Hayden. She cited wanting to develop a strong relationship between the city and residents and be part of the community’s development among her reasons for wanting to serve.

Alyson Cline – SC Grand: Cline has lived in Surprise for 15 years and is the President of Friends of the Surprise Libraries and Chair for Read on Greater Surprise. She’s a former member of the Surprise Disability Advisory Commission and cited her enjoyment for bringing people together to meet the needs of Surprise among her reasons for seeking office.

Robert Estep – Bell West Ranch: Estep has lived in Surprise for 13 years and is a Realtor with Home Smart Realty; and prior service with Ken Meade Realty. He has previous service with Eve’s Place, Chance Shelter and other non-profits. He states among his reasons for wanting to serve is to give back to the community and help it grow in the right direction.

Susan deJong – SC Grand: DeJong has lived in Surprise for more than three years and although mostly retired, serves as a substitute teacher with the Dysart Unified School District. She also chairs the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission. Having served on that commission since 2011, she states her desire to better serve the community in a greater way on council.

Wendell V. Fountain – SC Grand: Fountain has lived in Surprise for five months. He is President and CEO of Fountain Associates Business and Management Consults and in an Adjunct Professor at Grand Canyon University’s Jerry Colangelo College of Business. He stated that his interest to serve was to improve quality of life and economic progress in Surprise.

Glenn L. Stark – Bell West Ranch: Stark has lived in Surprise for nine years and is self-employed through Cruise Planners- Carla and Glen Stark Travel Agency. He is a member of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Surprise Citizens Corps Council and a United States Army Veteran. He stated as a reason for wanting to serve is to maintain a safe community and manage responsible growth.

Brian Eichelberger (withdrawn from process) – Arizona Traditions: Eichelberger has lived in Surprise for three years and is currently retired. His most recent employment background was with the California Department of Corrections. He cited his care and support of the community among his reasons for wanting to serve on Council.

The City Council will interview the applicants in a Special City Council Meeting, Tuesday, January 23, beginning at 4 p.m.

Per city code the public comment period regarding the applicants will close Tuesday, January 30 at 5 p.m. and be shared with City Council. The Council will vote on appointment selection at their February 6th Regular Meeting, 6 p.m., at City Hall.

To view the candidates applications visit www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk.

Hayden appointed to District 2 council seat

Jim Hayden was appointed by the Surprise City Council, Tuesday night, to serve out the remainder of the term for the District 2 (D2) council seat.

That seat was vacated by the incumbent in September 2016.

For 22 years, Jim served on the Glendale Fire Department as a fire fighter and EMT.

He is a Vietnam War veteran and served 20 years in the United States Air Force, where he trained pilots with critical skills needed to survive wartime conditions.

He also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Glendale Community College, teaching Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technicians.

Prior to joining council, he served as Chairman of the Surprise Public Safety Retirement Board.

Jim will serve out the remainder of the current District 2 term which ends December 31, 2016.  Having won the District 2 seat in the August 2016 Primary Election, Jim’s four-year term will begin on January 1, 2017.

Jim and his wife Nancy have lived in Sun City Grand for 12 years.

D2 includes the following neighborhoods: Sun City Grand, Bell West Ranch and portions of Arizona Traditions.