Nov. 8 News of the Day at Grand!
News of the Day at Grand!
SCG Board of Directors Meeting is Today
SCG residents, please join us for the Board of Directors meeting today at 1 p.m. in the Sonoran Plaza Sagebrush room. Unable to attend? Tune in online by watching our LIVE Streaming of the meeting. Access to LIVE Streaming will be located on the homepage of grandinfo.com, and promptly begins at 1:00 p.m. The LIVE Streaming link will remain inactive until this time. You must be logged into grandinfo.com to access LIVE Streaming.
City of Surprise News
City of Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott announced her resignation on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the Council Meeting. Wolcott’s final day as mayor will be Friday, November 16.
Per city code, all remaining members of the council are eligible candidates to fill a mayoral vacancy. The mayoral candidate must be selected no later than the second regularly scheduled council meeting following the creation of the vacancy.
Selection process: Any council member may nominate any eligible candidate, with no second required. All nominations must occur prior to voting. Voting will be by written ballot. The candidate receiving a majority of the votes will fill the vacancy. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of votes, the two candidates receiving the highest votes will be considered in a run-off vote. The first candidate receiving an affirmative majority of the votes cast will fill the vacancy. The meeting may not adjourn until the vacancy has been filled.
No later than the next regularly scheduled council meeting following the mayoral selection, the city clerk must administer the oath of office.
The selection of mayor under this section will trigger a vacancy in the district from which the mayor-select previously served, setting the stage for an appointment process for that district until the next election in which that seat would be on the ballot.
With two years left on Mayor Wolcott’s term, the council’s selection, will serve as mayor until December 31, 2020. The next election for the mayor’s seat would be the Primary Election in 2020, and the winning candidate would then begin a new four-year term on January 1, 2021.
Surprise City Council News
The Surprise City Council unanimously voted to appoint Michael Frazier as the Surprise City Manager at their Regular Meeting on November 6.
Frazier has served as the city's Assistant City Manager since July 2015, with the following departments reporting to him: Police; Fire-Medical; Public Works; Finance; Water Resource Management; and Marketing and Communications. He first joined the city in 2011 as Police Chief.
He will replace Bob Wingenroth as City Manager. Wingenroth, who has served as the Surprise City Manager since 2014, announced earlier this month that he was resigning for personal reasons. His last day with the city is November 16, with Frazier assuming the City Manager position the following day.