Glendale, Arizona

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Glendale, Arizona
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General information
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Mayor:Jerry Weiers
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2012
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:November 4, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:7
2013-2014 FY Budget:$576 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:234,632
Gender:50.9% Female
Race:White 67.8%
Hispanic or Latino 35.5
African American 6.0%
Asian 3.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1.7%
Two or More 4.0%
Unemployment:5.2%
Median household income:$50,567
High school graduation rate:83.5%
College graduation rate:21.5%
Related Glendale offices
Arizona Congressional Delegation
Arizona State Legislature
Arizona state executive offices
Glendale is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona. The population in Glendale was estimated to be 234,632 in 2013.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Glendale 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]

Mayor

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. Jerry Weiers is the current Mayor of Glendale.[4]

City council

The Glendale City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[5]

Membership

The city council consists of seven members including the mayor. While the mayor is elected at-large, the other six city council members are elected by Glendale's six districts.[6]

A full list of city council members can be found here

Advisory boards

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 Glendale 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.[7]

For a full list of Glendale's commissions, boards and committees, see here

Elections

2014

See also: Glendale, Arizona municipal elections, 2014

The city of Glendale, Arizona held nonpartisan elections for city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election was held on August 26, 2014. Three council seats were up election.[8]

Budget

Glendale's adopted budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 was $576 million.[9]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
City of Glendale
5850 W. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301

To contact individual council members, see here.

Lobbying

Glendale is a member of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, a government sector lobbying association.[10] In 2013, Glendale's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $60,000.[11] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[12][13] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Glendale filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
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Ballot measures

See also: Maricopa County, Arizona ballot measures

The city of Glendale 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: 230,482.[1] Glendale is a charter city.

Glendale follows the procedures for initiative and referendum that exist in state law and adds nothing further in its own charter.

Glendale City Charter

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Arizona city websites

This website was reviewed on January 4, 2012.

The good

  • Contact information and bios are available for individual city council members and the mayor.[14]
  • Public meeting information including agendas and minutes is available on the website.[15]
  • Budget information is available, including guides for the public to understand and read the budget.[16]
  • Audits and comprehensive financial reports are available on the website.[17]
  • Contact information is available for the city clerk and city manager as well as other major administrative officials.[18]
  • Current permits are available.[19]
  • Zoning information is available, including information for how to apply for certain zoning permits.[20]
  • A link is provided to full information on the Arizona Open Meetings Law.[21] Resources for making a public records request are also available.[22]
  • Comprehensive tax and filing information is available on the website.[23]
  • Purchasing information is available.[24]

The bad

  • City contracts are not available on the website.
  • Information about membership in a government sector lobbying association is not made explicit, though can be found in meeting minutes and press releases from the mayor's office.

See Also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 18, 2014
  2. City Charter of Glendale, AZ, Sec. 1.2, accessed on August 26, 2014
  3. City of Glendale, "City Manager," accessed on October 30, 2014
  4. City of Glendale, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on August 26, 2014
  5. City of Glendale "City Council," accessed on August 18, 2014
  6. City of Glendale "City Council," accessed on August 18, 2014
  7. City of Glendale, "Boards," accessed on August 26, 2014
  8. Maricopa County, "2014 Election Calendar," accessed May 14, 2014
  9. Glendale Budget Office, "Executive Summary: FY 2013-2014," accessed on August 18, 2014
  10. Arizona League, "Members of League of Arizona Cities and Towns," accessed on August 18, 2014 (dead link)
  11. Open Secrets, "City of Glendale, AZ," accessed August 18, 2014
  12. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  13. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  14. City of Glendale, "City Council," accessed on August 18, 2014
  15. City of Glendale, "Public Meeting Dates, Notices, Minutes & Agendas," accessed on August 18, 2014
  16. City of Glendale, "Budget," accessed on August 18, 2014
  17. City of Glendale, "Finance," accessed on August 18, 2014
  18. City of Glendale, "City Officials," accessed on August 18, 2014
  19. City of Glendale, "Building Safety - Online Permits," accessed on August 18, 2014
  20. City of Glendale, "Planning - Zoning," accessed on August 18, 2014
  21. City of Glendale, "Open Meetings Law, accessed on August 18, 2014
  22. City of Glendale, "Online Services," accessed on August 18, 2014
  23. City of Glendale, "Reporting and Filing Questions," accessed on August 18, 2014
  24. City of Glendale, "Purchasing," accessed on August 18, 2014