Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:39 pm

Arlene Chin recommended to fill Tempe City Council vacancy

(Editor’s note: News releases are published as submitted unless there are errors of fact.)

City Council to vote on the appointment at May 9 Regular Council MeetingP

Tempe, AZ – Arlene Chin has been selected to move forward for consideration in the process to fill a vacancy on the Tempe City Council.

A 45-year resident of Tempe, Chin is an administrator at ASU Foundation, graduate of Tempe Leadership Class 22 and community volunteer. Her community involvement in Tempe began in 1982, when she served on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission. She has since served on the Tempe Human Relations Commission and the Tempe Neighborhood Advisory Commission, among other roles. 

Chin has a Master of Education degree from Northern Arizona University and currently works as Director of Scholarship Advancement for the ASU Foundation. 

Residents Don Cassano and Shereen Lerner also interviewed for the position, alongside Chin, at today’s Work Study Session. Public comment was taken at the meeting. A total of 49 residents applied to be considered for the job. 

Chin’s appointment will be voted on at the May 9 Regular Council Meeting and a swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to follow. Chin will serve the remainder of the Council term, until July 2020. 

Mayor Mark Mitchell thanked all the applicants and congratulated the three finalists for participating in the process.

“My Council colleagues and I feel such gratitude for the residents who stepped up and said they wanted to be considered to help lead our city. We had very strong applicants and our three finalists are all stellar examples of what it means to be involved residents,” Mitchell said. “I look forward to working with Arlene on the Council and know that Shereen and Don will continue to serve Tempe for many years to come, as they have for decades.” 

Applicants needed to be qualified electors in Tempe, at least 18 years of age as of May 9, 2019, and have lived in Tempe for at least the last two years. 

The vacancy resulted from the April 12 removal of former Councilmember Kolby Granville, as authorized by the Tempe City Charter. 

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