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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: Nov. 19, 2010



Goodyear appoints Joe Pizzillo vice mayor

GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Nov. 19, 2010)
The Goodyear City Council appointed Joe Pizzillo as vice mayor with the duties of acting mayor during a special council meeting on Thursday, Nov. 18.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, former Vice Mayor Georgia Lord assumed the duties as acting mayor after James Cavanaugh resigned, effective 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15. Cavanaugh had more than two years remaining on his second four-year term and had served a total of nearly eight years as mayor.

Lord resigned her position as vice mayor at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 in order to run for the position of mayor in Goodyear's March 8, 2011 special election. Arizona's "resign-to-run" law requires elected officials to resign their current positions in order to run for another elected position.

Pizzillo, a resident of the Valley since 1986, was elected to a four-year term in 2009. Before retiring in 2008, he was the budget manager for the City of Goodyear and has 30 years of combined experience in state and local government in accounting, budget and finance. He is an adjunct professor of accounting and finance at Estrella Mountain Community College and University of Phoenix.

A subcommittee has also been appointed by the council to accept and review applications submitted by individuals wishing to fill Lord's vacant council seat until a newly elected council member can take office after the spring election.

Applications for the temporary vacant council seat are available on the City's website at and must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 29. A recommendation for an appointee is expected from the subcommittee no later than Wednesday, Dec. 1.

With these most recent changes, voters will choose a mayor and four council members in the spring. An election was already scheduled for March 8, 2011 to fill three council seats carrying four-year terms. That ballot be expanded for the special election to fill the remaining two years of the terms left on the vacant seats of mayor and council.

Dec. 8, 2010 is the deadline for submitting nominating petitions to run in the March 8, 2011 election.

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