Chandler, Arizona

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Chandler, Arizona
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General information
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Mayor:Jay Tibshraeny
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:November 4, 2014
Next mayoral election:2018
Last city council election:November 4, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:7
2014-2015 FY Budget:$783 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:249,146
Gender:50.9% Female
Race:White 73.3%
African American 4.8%
Asian 8.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1.5%
Two or More 3.7%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 21.9%
Median household income:$71,171
High school graduation rate:92.0%
College graduation rate:39.7%
Related Chandler offices
Arizona Congressional Delegation
Arizona State Legislature
Arizona state executive offices
Chandler is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona, and is a prominent suburb of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is bordered to the north and west by Tempe, to the north by Mesa, to the west by Phoenix, to the south by the Gila River Indian Community and to the east by Gilbert. As of 2013, its population was 249,146.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Chandler utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[3]


The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Jay Tibshraeny is the current Mayor of Chandler.[4]

City council

The Chandler City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[4]


The Chandler City Council is made up of seven members, including the mayor. All are elected at-large.[5]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Chandler City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[6]

For a full list of Chandler city boards and commissions, see here.


See also: Chandler, Arizona municipal elections, 2014


Elections for the city council of Chandler, Arizona were scheduled for November 4, 2014. A primary took place on August 26, 2014. Three at-large council seats were up for election.[7]

Only two incumbents ran in the August 26 primary. These included Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, who ran unopposed, and council incumbent Kevin Hartke.

In the primary election for city council, Hartke and candidates Rene Lopez and Terry Roe won election to city council outright. As a result, the general election scheduled for November 4, 2014, was called off.[8]


Chandler's adopted annual budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $783 million.[9]

Contact Information

City of Chandler
P.O. Box 4008
Chandler, AZ 85244-4008

To contact individual city council members, see here


Chandler is a member of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns.[10]

As of November 2014, information on Chandler's federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.

Ballot measures

See also: Maricopa County, Arizona ballot measures

The city of Chandler is in Maricopa County. A list of ballot measures in Maricopa County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Arizona

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 240,101.[1] Chandler is a charter city.

According to the Chandler City Charter, any five qualified voters may commence initiative or referendum proceedings by filing with the city clerk an affidavit stating they will be the petitioners' committee and be responsible for circulating the petition. These five voters must file the petition in the proper form, stating their names and addresses and specifying the address to which all notices to the committee are to be sent, and setting out in full the proposed initiative ordinance or citing the ordinance sought to be reconsidered. (Chandler Charter, Sec. 8.02). Promptly after the affidavit of the petitioners' committee is filed, the city clerk shall issue the appropriate petition blanks to the petitioners' committee. (Chandler Charter, Sec. 8.02) (See above for state prescribed initiative process)

Chandler City Charter

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Public Records
Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process

In 2010, Chandler received its first Sunny Award. In 2011, Chandler earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score. The City received their second consecutive A+ rating in 2012.

This website was reviewed on an unknown date.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 5 years.[11]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[12]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[13]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 6 years.[14]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 6 years.[15]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[16]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.[17]
    • Audits are available since 2007-2008.[18]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[19]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the City Clerk. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[20]
    • A public records form is provided by the City Clerk.[21]
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.[22]
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[23]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[24]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[26]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[27]

See also

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts, accessed on August 18, 2014
  2. City Charter of Chander, AZ, Sec. 2.03-05 and 3.01-04
  3. City of Chandler, "City Manager," accessed on October 30, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 City of Chandler, "Mayor and City Council," accessed on August 29, 2014
  5. City of Chandler, "Mayor and City Council," accessed on August 18, 2014
  6. City of Chandler, "Committees," accessed on August 18, 2014
  7. Maricopa County, "2014 Election Calendar," accessed May 14, 2014
  8. Maricopa County Recorder, "Election Results," accessed on October 3, 2014
  9. City of Chandler, "Executive Summary, FY 2014-15," June 12, 2014
  10. Arizona League of Cities, "Directory," accessed on November 11, 2014
  11. City of Chandler, "Budget," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  12. City of Chandler, "Staff Directory," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  13. City of Chandler, "Elected Officials," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  14. City of Chandler, "Meeting Minutes," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  15. City of Chandler, "Meeting Agendas," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  16. City of Chandler, "Meetings," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  17. City of Chandler, "2011-2012 Audit," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  18. City of Chandler, "Archived Audits," Accessed: January 11, 2013
  19. City of Chandler, "Bids and Contracts," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  20. City of Chandler, "Public Records," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  21. City of Chandler, "Public Records Request Form," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  22. City of Chandler, "Budget," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  23. City of Chandler, "Tax and License," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  24. City of Chandler, "Pay Taxes Online," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  25. City of Chandler, "Lobbying," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  26. City of Chandler, "Zoning," Accessed: January 8, 2013
  27. City of Chandler, "Building Permits," Accessed: January 8, 2013