Glendale Councilmembers Sworn In

Glendale Councilmembers Sworn In
Posted on 12/14/2022

Installation ceremony held at Glendale City Hall following the final meeting of 2022

Glendale Vice Mayor Jamie Aldama (Ocotillo District) and councilmembers Bart Turner (Barrel District) and Lauren Tolmachoff (Cholla District) were reinstalled to their seats with the Glendale City Council on Tuesday, December 13. The ceremony followed Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting.

Both the Vice Mayor and Councilmembers were reelected to their roles earlier this year, which carry four-year terms on a staggered basis. This will be the third term for Vice Mayor Jamie Aldama and Councilmembers Bart Turner and Lauren Tolmachoff. The three newly sworn-in Councilmembers thanked residents for their ongoing support and shared excitement regarding the future of their respective districts.

Vice Mayor Jamie Aldama was elected to the City Council in November 2014 to represent Glendale’s Ocotillo District. As the representative of the Ocotillo District, Vice Mayor Aldama represents several small-business owners, including the internationally known Cerreta Candy Company, Sands Chevrolet, Don Sanderson Ford and Historic Catlin Court. He is a lifelong, fourth-generation, resident (52 years) of Glendale, having grown-up and lived in the Ocotillo District for most of his life.

“I’m honored for the opportunity to serve and humbled my constituents have confidence in me,” said Glendale Vice Mayor Jamie Aldama. “I am very thankful and have an immense amount of gratitude to the residents of the Ocotillo District. We have a busy year ahead of us, as we’ll complete the remodel of the two community centers in our district as well as begin our Downtown Reinvestment Project on Murphy Park and City Hall.”

Councilmember Bart Turner with Judge Nicholas DiPiazza. Councilmember Jamie Aldama with Judge Manuel Delgado  Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff with Judge Nicholas DiPiazza
Councilmember Bart Turner with
Judge Nicholas DiPiazza
Councilmember Jamie Aldama with
Judge Manuel Delgado
Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff with Judge Nicholas DiPiazza

Councilmember Bart Turner is a fifth-generation resident of Glendale. Councilmember Turner’s roots in Glendale date back to his great-great-grandfather Peter Forney, an Elder in the Brethren Church who moved from Iowa to Arizona to establish a temperance colony in 1892. Before being elected to the City Council, he served Glendale residents in many capacities through a wide range of community boards, commissions, service organizations and committees.

“I am pleased to have been reelected to the Council,” said Councilmember Bart Turner. “We've made great progress over the last eight years and I look forward to more progress these next four years. My focus will be on controlling any unnecessary spending, sticking to our budget, pushing money back into our neighborhoods for parks and landscaping and making sure our Police and Fire Departments are among the best, not only here in the Valley but across the nation.”

Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff was first elected in November 2014 to serve the Cholla District. Along with her duties on the Glendale City Council, Councilmember Tolmachoff serves as Glendale’s representative on the Board of Directors for the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority, as well as the Valley Metro Audit and Finance Subcommittee.

Councilmember Tolmachoff has been a realtor since 2004, following a successful career in banking. Her family has deep roots in Glendale. The first Tolmachoffs arrived in 1911 and helped Glendale grow into a thriving community.

"I am very grateful that the residents of the Cholla District place their trust and confidence in me,” said Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff. “I continue to be committed to making fiscally responsible decisions, ensuring transparency and encouraging responsible growth. Looking ahead, I am very excited about Phoenix Children's Hospital opening in the Cholla District. PCH Arrowhead will provide the absolute best healthcare for children closer to home in the Northwest Valley.”

Each Councilmember is entrusted with the power and responsibilities outlined in the Glendale City Charter. They are part of the seven-member City Council which includes Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers, Sahuaro District Councilmember Ray Malnar, Cactus District Councilmember Ian Hugh and Yucca District Councilmember Joyce Clark. Mayor Jerry Weiers and councilmembers Ray Malnar, Ian Hugh and Joyce Clark won their reelection bids over a year ago and have another three years left on their current terms.

“I’m pleased the council team is staying together,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers. “I am excited to continue the momentum we have made as we continue to take the city to new heights.”

The Glendale City Council holds its regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. The Council will not meet on December 27 due to the holiday. The next City Council regular meeting will be held on January 10. The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend these public meetings. If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the meetings live on Glendale’s Channel 11, as well as on Glendale’s Facebook and YouTube pages.