Phoenix plays politics with council appointments

Phoenix City Hall


By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic

Appointments to the Phoenix City Council have become increasingly common in recent years as elected council members resign to run for higher offices.

When a council member resigns, the remaining members select a replacement to serve until the city can hold an election.

The last time the council appointed an interim member — just two weeks ago — chaos erupted. Now, some council members are considering a change to the appointment process as the council prepares for another appointment next week.

The council shake-up is a result of former Mayor Greg Stanton’s departure to run for Congress — which led former council members Daniel Valenzuela and Kate Gallego to resign to compete for the city’s top spot.



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