Q&A with Wickenburg Mayor Rui Pereira

By Scott Turner | Wickenburg Sun

Wickenburg Mayor Rui Pereira recently sat down for an interview to discuss his duties and other top issues affecting the town.

Question: What does the mayor do in a town-manager form of government? Are there any parts of the position people don’t realize that you do?
Answer: I’m still learning. It changes every day. If you look at the way the Town code is set up and is written, the only power that I have is to declare emergencies. Otherwise, I pretty much steer the direction of the Town Council and lead the meetings in a positive direction, and in a non-confrontational direction, and help develop the vision for the future in Wickenburg.

Q: Speaking of your vision of the future, what are your goals for the next term? Where do you see Wickenburg in the next four or five years?
A: There are a lot of different things going on in Wickenburg. We have some strategic things that we need to work with. Some of them include annexations. We have two large potential projects that could become part of Wickenburg over the next few years, Flying E Ranch and Rancho del Los Caballeros. Both of those properties would be great assets to our community. They already are great assets to our community, but making them officially members of the Wickenburg community would truly be a positive thing.

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