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city managers

City managers—who are generally full-time workers—are expected to be nonpartisan and politically neutral as they carry out the decisions of the council or mayor. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), External link  a professional organization for city and county managers, states in its ICMA Code of Ethics External link  that city managers should avoid political activity (other than voting). City managers following this code of ethics should refrain from campaigning on behalf of candidates, donating to political campaigns, and displaying political allegiances with bumper stickers or yard signs. If city managers violate the code, they can lose their ICMA membership. City managers are generally less public-facing, but it is becoming more commonplace for city managers to participate in community events and serve on community boards.

rusty bradshaw

Did you run out of books with raunchy pictures or are you now spending more time looking for news in Surprise & else-where ? ……….. If you could only subscribe to one magazine or book. Which would you pick ? …………. Rusty, if you were in a stuck elevator would you rather be with a stranger or a newspaper ?

council meetings

CITY OF SURPRISE Special City Council Meeting 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374 Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 3:00 PM COUNCIL CHAMBERS .
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The agenda for the January 19, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting has been posted at:


S‌urprise, A‌Z (January 14, 2021) The city of Surprise is excited to host the Fifth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service virtually on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

The program will premiere at 9 a.m. on the city of Surprise Facebook and Surprise TV cable channel and website. The program will include multiple performances, as well as an interview with former U.S. Ambassador Andrew J. Young, who was a key strategist during civil rights campaigns that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Our emcee is Susan Casper, host of Sonoran Living on ABC15, and founding member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter.

city of surprise

The city will not tell me if our council members belong to the:
The Arizona State Retirement System and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System or not

Learn About Food Stamps and Other Benefit Programs Available to You!

Any organized public event within the City of Surprise of more than 50 people that does not receive prior approval through the Public Event Registration Process and/or the City’s Temporary Use Special Event Permit process will be in violation of the Executive Order. 

Get more information and the applications for both the Public Event Registration and Temporary Use Special Event Permit at press release…

Surprise, AZ (January 11, 2021) The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Sports Division has been awarded the “Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider” designation by the National Alliance for Youth Sports.

Where is the transparency , when questions are never answered ?

D5 Meet and Greet

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Date:January 9, 2021Time:9:00 AM - 11:00 AMLocation:Chef Peter’s BistroAddress:17300 N. Sun Village Pkwy
Surprise, AZ 85374Contact:623.222.1325Email:Councilmember Jack HastingsLink:District 5 Website

Join Councilmember Hastings to get your questions answered, share ideas and learn more about your city!

Sat, Jan 9

CANCELED – D6 Meet & Greet


Congresswoman Debbie Lesko ,

As we kick off this new Congress, I want to know what issues will be most important to you in the year ahead. Please take a few moments to complete the survey below to let me know what issues matter to you.

If you have any other questions or comments, you can always call my office at 202-225-4576 or send me an email.

Arizona Capitol Times
Morning Edition
TOP NEWS – December 21Brnovich: County’s political contributions ban violates 1st AmendmentLocal governments cannot stop their employees… from donating to candidates for local offices……………………………… Attorney General Mark Brnovich concluded.
Maricopa County challenges Senate subpoenas for voting equipment……Maricopa County supervisors decided to challenge the Senate subpoenas for election materials, describing them as “out of bounds” and potentially unconstitutional.

city of surprise

Surprise, AZ (December 28, 2020) Fore! Come join us on Saturday, January 16, 2021 for the Itty Bitty Open, a great way for parents to introduce their children to the game of golf.

This FREE event has four clinic times starting at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 North Bullard Ave., Surprise. Juniors and their parents will learn the basic skills of golf taught by qualified PGA and LPGA professionals. After the clinics, the kids will then participate in fun-filled, non-competitive golf games and tournaments.

Due to COVID-19 City Hall is closedLearn more…ABOUT SURPRISE





Surprise, A‌Z (December 17, 2020) The Surprise City Council voted December 15 to fund more than $8 million in park-related projects that advance the goals of the city’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

Surprise, AZ (December 15, 2020) Daytime work to install flashing yellow arrows and upgrade the vehicle detection equipment on the traffic signals at the Bell and Citrus roads intersection is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, December 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The traffic signals in the intersection will be disabled during the majority of the work. Surprise Police will be on scene to control traffic however drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Surprise COVID cases keep rising sharply

By Independent NewsmediaPosted 12/11/20

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the overall number of Surprise COVID-19 cases at 4,832 on Dec. 11.

Regular City Council Work Session & Meeting

Agendas for the December 15, 2020 Regular City Council Work Session and Regular City Council Meeting have been posted at:

Questions concerning the City of Surprise Council Agenda? Contact the City Clerk’s office at: 623.222.1200 or via email: