Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise and Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar have been selected as at-large members on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).
Developing a transportation plan that will serve the Maricopa region for the next 20 years is a primary goal of the new MAG chairman, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. The other at-large member is Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.
Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney will serve on the executive committee as past chairwoman.
As Mitchell accepted the gavel, he said a major focus will be on development of the next long-range transportation plan.
“I believe we have a great opportunity, as we move toward a new regional transportation plan, to serve as champions for the extension of Prop 400. The economic benefits of these transportation investments are critical to the future of our region,” he said.
Other priorities for the year ahead will be to build upon the work of MAG on issues of homelessness, domestic violence and aging.
Also during the annual meeting, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers was elected to serve as chairman of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee, and Gallego was elected vice chairwoman.
Officers are elected for one-year terms. Mitchell will lead the organization for the next year and will preside over the MAG executive committee. The executive committee serves as MAG’s finance committee and holds many administrative responsibilities, such as amendments to the budget and contract selections.
MAG is a council of governments and metropolitan planning organization that provides a regional forum for discussion, analysis and resolution of regional issues, including transportation, air quality, economic development and human services. MAG prepares the 20-year long-range transportation plan and five-year transportation improvement program for the region. Founded in 1967, MAG celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.