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Councilman Daniel Valenzuela elected Phoenix Vice Mayor

Staff~ 3/11/2015

PHOENIX – During the March 4 Formal Council Meeting, the Phoenix City Council elected District 5 Councilman Daniel Valenzuela as vice mayor.  He will serve in the position for one year.

“This is a responsibility I will take very seriously, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” Vice Mayor Valenzuela said. “As vice mayor, I will continue to work diligently to champion economic development and to ensure continued safety for our families and neighborhoods throughout the city. I would like to thank the mayor and my colleagues on the city council for the opportunity to serve as vice mayor. I am looking forward to opportunities to work with each and every member as we move our city forward.”

Serving as vice mayor does not entail councilmembers vacating their seats, and Valenzuela continues to serve as councilman for District 5 during his vice mayor tenure.

Valenzuela was sworn in as the District 5 Phoenix City Councilman on Jan. 3, 2012. During his tenure on the city council, Valenzuela has established a reputation as a champion of entrepreneurs and small businesses and as a staunch proponent of neighborhood revitalization and strengthening public safety. He serves as the chair of the Downtown, Aviation and Redevelopment Subcommittee and is a member of the Finance, Efficiency, Economy, and Sustainability; Parks, Arts, Transparency and Education; and Neighborhoods, Housing and Development subcommittees.

He co-chaired two ad hoc committees that identified changes to the city’s civilian retirement system that will result in savings of more than $800 million over the next 25 years. He also joined with Mayor Greg Stanton to develop the city’s FitPHX healthy living initiative to boost Phoenix’s overall wellness and public health.  

Valenzuela has dedicated his entire life to public service. He currently is a special operations firefighter with a valley city and the former public information officer. Working closely with the local media, he has been able to educate the public about childhood drowning and has developed several programs to educate people of all ages about water safety and healthier lifestyles.

Prior to serving on the City Council, Daniel volunteered his time as a member of the Maryvale Village Planning Committee.  As an involved neighbor, he represented area residents to ensure proposed development was carried out in the best interest of his community.  Daniel also has volunteered with several community organizations, including Americans Taking Care of Americans, the Labor's Community Service Agency and served on the 911 Memorial Commission.

Daniel represents the city of Phoenix on the board of Western Maricopa County Coalition (WESTMARC), which focuses on promoting economic development in the west valley; ASU West, higher education institution offering profession and liberal arts degree programs to nearly 9,000 students in northwest Phoenix;  Arizona Emergency Medical Systems, an organization dedicated to improving emergency medical services for the Central Arizona Region; and BUILD Arizona, which ensures children enter school with the ability to read at grade level.   He was recently named First Alternate on the METRO Board.

Valenzuela has become a leader in the local and national first responder community.  He has served as an instructor for the Arizona Department of Emergency Management and director of the National Fire and Rescue Services Information Officer Network.  He also has served as a fire science instructor at Glendale High School and the Maricopa Community Colleges District.  He is the former president of the National Association of Hispanic Firefighters, representing nearly 30 chapters throughout the country.