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Chalk up another award for Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck: The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association named him the 2020 Distinguished Public Official.

According to the city of Buckeye, “Meck was nominated for his long list of accomplishments in planning for the future of Buckeye, the West Valley and throughout Arizona, while balancing natural resources and environmental habitats.”

A Buckeye native, Meck was reelected to his third consecutive term in 2016, and previously served as Buckeye mayor from 1973 to 1975 and as a Buckeye council member from 1968 to 1975. 

He did not run for reelection, choosing to retire from public service in November.

Some of the highlights of his career include:

• Leading efforts to restore the Gila River by removing invasive salt cedars and replacing them with native plants.

• Advocating the preservation of the White Tank Mountains as a founding member and current board member of the White Tank Mountains Conservancy Group.

• Advocating for open space and natural resource conservation within the city of Buckeye with the establishment of Skyline Regional Park.

Mayor Meck also serves on many boards, including the Maricopa Association of Governments, the El Rio Restoration Project, Interstate-11 Coalition and Abrazo West Campus.