Skip Hall was elected to serve as Mayor in August 2020. His four-year term began on January 1, 2021 and ends on December 31, 2024.
He was first elected to the City Council in an April 2008 special election in District 6 (Palo Verde) and re-elected to office in 2009 to a full term. Redistricting placed him in the newly-configured District 5, and on August 27, 2013, he was elected to the District 5 seat. He was re-elected to that seat in the August 2018 Primary Election and resigned that seat to fulfill the remaining two-year mayoral term. He also served as Vice Mayor in 2011 and 2014. Hall was selected to serve as Mayor by the City Council in November 2018 to serve as Mayor of Surprise to fill a vacancy.
Prior to serving in politics and serving three years on the City of Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission, Hall spent several decades working in various capacities in the Hospitality and Real Estate industries. For three years, he was the Vice President of a new home builder and prior to that, he served 10 years as the Senior Vice President of a hospitality company based in Japan. Most of his professional career was spent opening and operating several restaurants and hotels along the west coast.
He has been part of the united Council effort that helped pull Surprise back to fiscal health over the last several years, generating a budget surplus and placing the City’s fiscal house in order. Mayor Hall also played a proactive supporting role with initiating a Surprise youth initiative and initiated the annual Surprise Literacy Challenge with former Councilman John Williams.
His goals for the city include a 100-year water plan, maintaining our strong public safety with our continued growth, working with transportation partners to expand east-west connections, developing a local circulator, expanding our parks and recreational spaces for our families, increasing youth involvement in the community, increasing local veteran outreach and services and attracting new businesses to Surprise. Supporting and promoting Economic Development initiatives has been a top priority for Mayor Hall.
He has served on a number of City Council Sub-Committees during his time on Council, as well as WESTMARC’s Water & Energy Committee and the Valley Metro RPTA Board. Presently, Hall’s regional service includes a position on the MAG Regional Council, MAG Transportation Policy Committee and involvement with the Kyl Water Center. Hall is active with the AZ TechCelerator to promote business growth. In addition, Mayor Hall has been a member of the STEM Community of Practice with representatives of the Dysart Unified School District. He grew up in Idaho and received a business degree from Seattle University. Skip is a Vietnam War Veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star for his outstanding service 1969-1970.