Gilbert, Arizona

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Gilbert, Arizona
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General information
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Mayor:John Lewis
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:August 26, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:7
2014-2015 FY Budget:$554 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:229,972
Gender:50.8% Female
Race:White 81.8%
Hispanic or Latino 14.9
African American 3.4%
Asian 5.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.8%
Two or More 3.5%
Unemployment:4.3%
Median household income:$80,121
High school graduation rate:95.9%
College graduation rate:38.6%
Related Gilbert offices
Arizona Congressional Delegation
Arizona State Legislature
Arizona state executive offices
Gilbert is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. As of 2013, its population was 229,972.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Gilbert 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 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. This is a non-elected position. 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.John Lewis is the current Mayor of Gilbert.[3]

City council

The Gilbert 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.[3]

Membership

The city council consists of seven members including the mayor. All are elected at-large.[3]

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 Gilbert 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.[4]

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

Elections

See also: Gilbert, Arizona municipal elections, 2014.

Elections for the city council of Gilbert, Arizona were scheduled to take place on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The candidate filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 28, 2014. Four seats were up for election.[5] Because four candidates received a majority of the votes in the primary election, the general election was called off. Eddie Cook, Victor Petersen, Jordan Ray and Brigette Peterson defeated Jason Cvancara, Tim Rinesmith and TJ Tillman.[6]

Budget

Gilbert's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $554 million.[7]

Ballot measures

See also: Maricopa County, Arizona ballot measures

The city of Gilbert 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: 211,951.[1] Gilbert is a general law city.

The City of Gilbert bases the state mandated required signature percentages on the total number of registered voters qualified to vote at the last municipal election, whether primary, general or special, immediately preceding the date upon which the relevant petition is filed. (Gilbert Code, Sec. 26-10) This initiative petitions must be filed at least 120 days prior to the date of the election at which the proposed measures are to be voted upon. (Gilbert Code, Sec. 26-10) (See above for state prescribed initiative process)

Gilbert City Code

Lobbying

As of October 2014, information on Gilbert's federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.

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Transparency grading process

This website was reviewed on March 12, 2012.

The good

  • Elected officials are listed with contact information.[8]
  • Meeting schedules, agendas,[9] and minutes[10] are posted.
  • Budgets and audits are posted.[11]
  • Local tax information is available.[12]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information on department pages.
  • Information on bid opportunities is available.
  • Zoning information and building permits are available.[13]
  • Instructions, forms, and contacts are provided for making public records requests.[14]

The bad

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