|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|
|2013-2014 FY Budget:||$1.3 billion|
|Population in 2013:||457,587|
Hispanic or Latino 26.4
African American 3.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 2.4%
Two or More 3.4%
|Median household income:||$49,233|
|High school graduation rate:||87.0%|
|College graduation rate:||24.2%|
|Related Mesa offices|
|Arizona Congressional Delegation|
Arizona State Legislature
Arizona state executive offices
- See also: Council-manager government
The city of Mesa 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 an executive called a city manager to oversee the city's day-to-day operations.
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.
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. John Giles is the current Mayor of Mesa.
The Mesa 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.
The city council consists of seven members including the mayor. All are elected at-large.
A full list of city council members can be found here
Commissions, boards and committees
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 Mesa 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.
For a full list of Mesa's commissions, boards and committees, see here
- See also: Mesa, Arizona municipal elections, 2014.
Elections for the mayor and city council of Mesa, Arizona were scheduled to take place on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014.The deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. In addition to the office of the mayor, three council seats were up for election.
In the primary election for mayor, John Giles defeated Danny Ray. In the District 5 primary, David Luna defeated Robert Cluff. In the District 6 primary, Kevin Thompson defeated Trevor Hansen. Because each of these primary winners won a majority of the vote, the general election for mayor and city council scheduled for November 4, 2014, was called off.
Mesa's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $1.3 billion.
- See also: Maricopa County, Arizona ballot measures
Mesa computes the signature requirement percentages based on the total vote for Mayor in the preceding election (Mesa Charter, Sec. 801, 903).
In 2013, Mesa's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $160,000. 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. 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 Mesa filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|4||Aviation, Airlines, and Airports|
|4||Federal Budget and Appropriations|
|4||Economics & Econ Development|
|2||Clean Air and Water|
|1||Law Enforcement and Crime|
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Arizona city websites
This website was reviewed on Feb. 26, 2012.
- Current budget is published.
- Budgets are archived to 2003.
- Elected Officials
- Elected officials are listed with contact information.
- Administrative officials are listed with contact information under respective department.
- Zoning and Permits
- Information on purchasing and contracts is provided.
- Awarded bids and current bids are posted.
- Public Records
- Information on taxpayer funded lobbying is not posted.
- U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Organizational Chart," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "City Manager," accessed on October 30, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Mayor and City Council," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Citizen Participation Guide," accessed on August 21, 2014
- Maricopa County, "2014 Election Calendar," accessed May 14, 2014
- Maricopa County Recorder, "2014 Election Results," accessed on October 30, 2014
- City of Mesa, "City of Mesa FY 2013-14 Executive Budget Plan," accessed on August 21, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Mesa, AZ," accessed on August 21, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Budget," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Meetings," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Meeting Archives" accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Mayor and Council," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Administration," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Planning and development" accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Permits," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Fees," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Audits," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Audit Archives," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Purchasing & Contracts," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Public Records Request," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Financial Reports," accessed on August 21, 2014
- City of Mesa, "Taxes," accessed on August 21, 2014