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Mayor and Councilmembers in Districts 2, 3 & 4 sworn in

The first Regular City Council Meeting of the New Year included the swearing-in ceremonies for mayor and three councilmembers. 

Skip Hall was sworn in as Mayor after winning the seat in the August Primary Election. He previously served as Mayor by appointment, following a mayoral resignation in November 2018. 

Newly elected Councilmember Aly Cline was sworn in as District 2 Councilmember.

Re-elected Councilmember Patrick Duffy was sworn into office to serve District 3.  

Re-elected Councilmember Ken Remley took the oath of office to serve District 4.

Each elected official was sworn in to a four-year term. 

District 5 Councilmember Jack Hastings was sworn into office in November, per state law, after defeating an appointed councilmember for that district in the August Primary Election. He will serve a two-year term.

For more information about each of the councilmembers, please visit their websites: 


Council will select a Vice Mayor at the next regular Council meeting, scheduled for January 19 at 6 p.m. City Council meetings are televised on Surprise TV and streamed live on the internet at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv.

City unveils Nick Bacon Memorial

Visitors to the Surprise Civic Center Campus can now enjoy a new memorial in honor of Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sergeant Nick D. Bacon, who served as Surprise Town Manager in the late 1980’s.

Hundreds gathered, including members of the Surprise City Council, Congressman Trent Franks, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Representative Debbie Lesko, Representative Rick Gray and others, at a Veterans Day event in the City Hall South Courtyard as the memorial was unveiled by Mayor Sharon Wolcott and Vice Mayor Skip Hall.

“What a perfect place to honor a patriot,” says Mayor Wolcott. “Nick’s memorial is located in a serene location, next to a fountain and surrounded by natural vegetation, where one can reflect and remember.”

Earlier this year, City Council approved commissioning a monument in memoriam of Bacon, who served as the Surprise Town Manager from 1986 – 1990.  Bacon received his Medal of Honor from President Richard Nixon in 1969 for his heroic efforts in Vietnam and served for several years as president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He passed away in July 2010.

“I want to thank everyone who helped put this event together in honor of Nick,” says Vice Mayor Hall. “His service to country is outstanding and I know his family took comfort by the support shown by the City of Surprise.”

The event was hosted by the City of Surprise, local members of the VFW Nick D. Bacon Post 285 and the Marine Corps League White Tank Mountain Detachment #1246 of Surprise, along with live music performed by the West Valley Pops Band.

AZ TechCelerator business showcases new e-product to Council

The AZ TechCelerator success story continues, as one of its affiliate companies showcased a new green technology to the Surprise City Council that was developed at the business incubator.

Torque Trends, Inc. presented to Council before Tuesday’s Work Session a 1999 Mazda Miata that their ev-Torque Box technology helped convert the gasoline-powered car into an electronic- powered vehicle.

“It is beyond exciting to see this type of clean technology developed and implemented so successfully right here in Surprise,” says Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “The AZ TechCelerator continues to produce innovative companies that we all can be proud of.”

“We must be kind to our planet and converting existing gas-powered vehicles into e-vehicles results in a much lower carbon footprint than building new e-cars from the start,” says Mitchell Yow, Torque Trends, Inc Co-Founder.

Torque Trends will showcase the e-Miata Roadster at next month’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

To learn more about the conversion process visit e-Miata Roadster Project Build.

For more information about the AZ TechCelerator, the city’s business incubator, visit www.aztechcelerator.com or call Manager Julie Neal at 623.222.TECH.