Office of the Mayor - About Mayor Weiers
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers is a husband, father, grandfather and devoted public servant who has spent his adult life owning and operating successful businesses, volunteering with non-profit organizations, and advocating for his community.
He has lived in Arizona since 1966, and he and his wife, Sandy, were married in 1982. Together, they have one daughter and two grandsons. A battle with cancer as a young man gave Mayor Weiers an outlook on life that is focused on service, creative problem solving, and enjoying life to the fullest. It is with these values that he sought to help his community by serving as Mayor of Glendale.
Mayor Weiers has always been a strong advocate of fiscal responsibility. As a businessman, he experienced the day-to-day duty of keeping a fiscal house in order. And he maintains this same philosophy as a servant of the people and a steward of taxpayer dollars. He has led the City of Glendale through turbulent fiscal times, inheriting a budget in crisis essentially from the moment he took office in 2013.
Yet, in three years, working with City Council and staff to implement sound fiscal management policies, the City of Glendale’s bond rating was officially upgraded in January 2016. This resulted from positive actions taken by the city—making prudent financial decisions while strengthening the tax base through economic development.
These actions led to the bond rating upgrade from A3 to A2 with a “positive outlook”—a sure indicator that the City of Glendale is headed in the right direction. Though there is still work to be done, Mayor Weiers is proud that the city is experiencing true signs of economic recovery and growth for its citizens.
INITIATIVES AND PRIORITIES
Mayor Weiers has been a longtime supporter of public safety and our military, and he has personally volunteered for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. As Mayor he served as a member of the National League of Cities’ Public Safety Crime Prevention Policy and Advocacy Committee.
In just his first year as Mayor, he helped the city obtain more than one million dollars in grants for public safety. In 2015, the city was awarded the prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, which is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
However, no other success can rival the landing of the new F-35 mission at Luke Air Force Base with its six accompanying squadrons of planes. The base, located in Glendale, is a leading economic generator and source of great pride for the entire community.
Since taking office in January 2013, Mayor Weiers has actively worked to bring new economic activity to Glendale. The city has built a reputation for speed-to-market, which has paid dividends with millions of square feet of commercial development taking place. Mayor Weiers is an active member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He encourages networking and input from local businesses, makes welcoming new businesses to the community a priority and remains actively engaged in city and Chamber business retention efforts.
Many companies have recently selected Glendale to locate and expand their business, bringing thousands of new jobs to the city. Some of those include American Furniture Warehouse, the Aspera project, 101 West Healthcare, Rendina Healthcare, Canyon State Bus Sales, Home2 Suites by Hilton at Westgate and MobileLogix. Conair has broken ground on a new one-million square foot facility in Glendale, adjacent to their existing space in the Glen Harbor Business Park. At completion, Conair’s 2.3 million square-foot complex will make it the second largest corporate campus in the Metro Phoenix area, with 750 employees in Glendale.
He initiated “Business of the Week” in 2014 to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit in Glendale. Mayor Weiers presents a certificate from the Office of the Mayor to a local business as a token of appreciation for doing business in Glendale and contributing to our local economy.
As a businessman and U.S. Patent holder himself, he understands both the joys and trials of living the American dream of owning your own business. This perspective has served the citizens well, as he continues to foster a culture of positive public-private partnerships which help the city grow.
QUALITY OF LIFE & COMMUNITY
Mayor Weiers has worked diligently on improving the quality of life for Glendale residents. One of his points-of-pride for the city is the creation of a 15-lane archery range in Heroes Regional Park, which opened in Oct. 2016 and was paid for largely by grants, partnerships and private donations.
He established a major annual event to help military veterans called Stand Up for Veterans at Glendale Community College, and started a successful annual Hometown Christmas Parade in downtown Glendale. These large events have improved the quality of life for Glendale residents, increased economic activity in the city, raised tens of thousands of dollars for Glendale non-profit organizations, and, most importantly, did not use taxpayer money.
He has received numerous awards for his dedication to wildlife conservation in the state of Arizona. In 2007 he was inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to Arizona’s Wildlife Resources.
REGIONAL AND STATE LEADER
Mayor Weiers actively serves on numerous regional, state, and national committees representing the interests of Glendale.
He currently serves as a Vice Chair of the National League of Cities’ Military Community Council, member of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns’ Executive Committee, member of the Executive Committee of Maricopa Association of Governments’ (MAG) Regional Council, member of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee, member of the Luke West Valley Council, and as a board member and/or life member of several non-profit organizations.
Prior to taking office in Glendale, Mayor Weiers served four terms in the Arizona House of Representatives. During that time, he chaired the Natural Resources, Military Affairs and Public Safety, and Rules Committees. Mayor Weiers also served Arizona on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Military Sustainability Task Force. In these roles, Mayor Weiers led successful efforts to improve public safety, conserve natural resources, and protect military installations in Arizona.
Throughout his life, Mayor Weiers has been devoted to serving his community. His long and impressive record has won him recognition for his work on behalf of sportsmen, motorcyclists, and military veterans groups, to name a few. He has held two “Mayor’s Big Dog Run” motorcycle rallies, which raised thousands of dollars for veteran scholarships.
No cause is dearer to his heart than his work with the Shriners. In fact, 2016 marked his tenth year of hosting a Bowling Pallooza, which raised more than $50,000 to transport children and their parents to Shriners Hospitals for treatment.
Mayor Weiers is also an accomplished pilot as well as a member of the Civil Air Patrol with more than two decades of flying experience. He owns his own plane and flies out of his home base at the Glendale Airport.