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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: Nov. 19, 2010



Goodyear names Joe Pizzillo acting 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, 2010.

Former Vice Mayor Georgia Lord had assumed the duties of acting mayor on Tuesday, Nov. 9, following the resignation of Jim Cavanaugh from his mayoral seat effective 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. More than two years remained on Cavanaugh's second four-year term. At the time of his resignation, Cavanaugh had served nearly eight years as Goodyear's mayor.

Lord resigned her position as vice mayor at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 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 has been a resident of the Valley since 1986. He 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 experience in state and local government and finance. He is an adjunct professor at Estrella Mountain Community College and University of Phoenix.

The City Council appointed a subcommittee to accept and review applications submitted by individuals interested in filling 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 Web site at and must be submitted by Nov. 29. A recommendation for an appointee is expected from the subcommittee by Dec. 1.

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

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

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