A Digital Publication for Tolleson Residents
Friday, January 1, 2021
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Happy New Year Tolleson! Wishing you all a blessed new year! From the City of Tolleson Council & Staff
Welcome New Council Members
On December 8 an installation ceremony took place virtually to swear in Mayor Juan F. Rodriguez, Council Members Lupe Bandin, Adolfo Gamez and Albert Mendoza.
Council Members Bandin and Mendoza were both re-elected and are looking forward to their continued service to the residents of Tolleson. Council Member Gamez was elected in August and also looks forward to being on council to serve the community.
Council Member Clorinda Erives was elected to serve a two-year term as Vice Mayor of Tolleson. Vice Mayor Erives is honored to serve in this capacity and looks forward to serving Tolleson in her new role.
Join us in congratulating Vice Mayor Erives, Council Members Bandin, Mendoza and Gamez!
Message from Your Council ~Ringing in the New Year Ready to Serve
Mayor Juan F. Rodriguez
As we close the doors on 2020 and begin a new chapter in 2021, I am excited and optimistic about our City’s futures! As I begin my time as Mayor I would like to thank my family, my wife Alma, our three children Esperanza, Juanito, Julian, my parents and in laws for their support. I would also like to thank all the Tolleson families. Your love, devotion and trust in me to serve as your next Mayor is a great feeling, blessing and a serious responsibility. I will give you my word that I will take this responsibility to heart and I will work hard as we move forward in making Tolleson the best we can make it.
Collectively as council and staff, we have a lot of work ahead of us as we team up to deliver the best services to the residents of Tolleson. As COVID cases continue to rise, one of my top priorities is to keep the health and safety of our families and staff in the forefront. I remain committed to maintain the same mitigation efforts we have in place now to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Public service is our collective calling and it will take all of us working together to continue to provide optimal services across all of our diverse departments. It will require a continued commitment to quality service delivery and exceptional customer service. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have met many of our employees over the years. I have no doubt we have the best skilled and professionally trained people on our workforce. I look forward to working alongside each and every one of them as your new Mayor as we continue to move our City of Tolleson forward! Thank you for being an important part of the T-town TEAM!
Happy Holidays, Mayor Juan F. Rodriguez
Vice Mayor Clorinda Erives
Happy New Years and welcome 2021!
I would like to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy New Year. New Years has always been a special time of reflecting and reminiscing for me. A moment to contemplate the large and small milestones of the year. It’s also a time for reevaluating and establishing new goals for the upcoming year.
Looking back on 2020, our Tolleson community has faced some extraordinary challenges. Sadly, we have mourned losses of our dearly departed loved ones. Their absence has rippled through our hearts.
Although times are extremely difficult, I have also seen many, many examples of kindness in our community. You have all demonstrated sacrifice, compassion and courage through this pandemic.
As we begin looking forward into 2021, I want to offer myself as your new Vice Mayor. I am ready to work along side Mayor Rodriguez, the entire council, and our city staff to serve you, our community.
If I can be of assistance, a point of contact or to just an ear to listen, know that I am here.
You can contact me by email: Clorinda.Erives@tolleson.az.gov or phone:623.293.6305
Clorinda Contreras Erives, Vice-Mayor of Tolleson
Council Member Adolfo Gamez
I’d like to thank the voters of Tolleson for returning me to the Council. My goal as a public servant is to do whatever I can to make sure the city moves in the right direction; and, be a voice for those residents who have concerns.
I also hope that we as a Council, bring back much needed communication and collaboration between the high school and elementary school governing boards. Our residents deserve no less.
Council Member Adolfo Gamez
Council Member Albert Mendoza
Thank you to the City of Tolleson constituents for your vote of confidence for the next four years.
I will continue to address and find a resolution for the continuous issues regarding the homeless population and drug activity. I will lobby to bring retail businesses to our City.
I’m available to listen to your concerns so please reach out to me.
Yours in City Government,
Councilman Albert Mendoza.
Tolleson Police Departments Gets New Chief of Police
The Tolleson Police Department has been under the outstanding leadership of Chief Wayne Booher for the last four years. Chief Booher served 28 years with the City of Tolleson and now bids farewell as he enters into retirement. During his 28 years of service, he listened to quality of life concerns and worked arm in arm with the community to make Tolleson stronger. “We have come a long way since the agricultural times and I am honored to have served you and your families. Your support of your Police Department has always been a priority for you and this support is why we have the best Police Department in the entire state today. Your continued support will be critical as there is still much work to do.” stated Chief Wayne Booher.
In preparation of his departure, an extensive national solicitation process, masterfully administered by the Tolleson Employee Resources Director, Wendy Jackson, a panel representative of the Tolleson business community, the NAACP, other police agencies, staff, and the Tolleson citizenry yielded a variety of qualified applicants from which to choose. From this process, Tolleson Commander Rudy Mendoza was chosen as the next Police Chief. Future Chief Mendoza will assume his new role immediately upon the retirement of Chief Wayne Booher in January.
Commander Mendoza is a 20-year veteran of the Tolleson Police Department who has contributed immensely to the excellence for which the City of Tolleson is renown. He began his career with the Tolleson Police Department in July of 2000 as a Dispatcher. After dispatching for approximately 10 months, was hired as a Police Officer and attended the Phoenix Regional Police Academy, class #354. His first assignment with the Tolleson Police Department was in patrol. After five years of working patrol he earned a promotion to Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he supervised patrol squads and completed a 2-year rotation as the Criminal Investigations Sergeant. In 2017, he moved up the rank to Commander and was assigned to oversee Police Operations. Commander Mendoza is a graduate of both Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command class #318 and the FBI National Academy class #273.
“Over the past twenty years the Tolleson Police Department has continued to grow and improve. This certainly can be attributed to the wonderful people we have working here as well as my two predecessors, Chief Rodriguez and Chief Booher. Through their leadership they have raised the bar and expectations for the Police Department. They have both left a very solid foundation on which I plan to use to continue to raise the bar. Each and every one who lives, works, or visits the City of Tolleson deserves an exceptional police service and I will work diligently to provide that.” Shared Tolleson Chief Rudy Mendoza.
City Manager Reyes Medrano, Jr. shares, “The Tolleson Police Department owns a rich history of quality leadership emanating from its chief's office. Beginning with Chief Fred Davis to Rick Patschieder, from Chief Larry Rodriguez to current chief Wayne Booher, each era elevated the community's expectations of its police officers. Rudy Mendoza, newly named Tolleson Police Chief, is more than prepared to meet the challenge. As a 20-year veteran of the Tolleson Police Department, he enjoys the advantage of significant contributions to the evolution of the Tolleson Police Department which promise to reap dividends for all Tolleson residents.”
Join us as we congratulate Commander Rudy Mendoza who was chosen to succeed Chief Wayne Booher as the next Tolleson Police Chief. He is a true public servant who places the needs of all Tollesonians as his primary measure of success. Congratulations Commander Mendoza!
City Website Gets a New Look
The City of Tolleson is pleased to announce its revamped website with a new look and new url www.tolleson.az.gov.
The new site launched the week of December 14. The new look has new features which allow departments to showcase all the programs they have to offer.
The Tolleson Public Library, Human Services Department and Parks & Recreation Center have their own department header packages allowing these departments to function as their own developed websites. The new department header packages for these departments are expected to allow ease and accessibility for mega menus, graphic buttons, and direct links to programs and classes.
The City of Tolleson is looking forward to a website that will enhance community engagement and communication.
As we clean up after designing our new look, if you are having trouble finding something send us an email and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Traffic Route for the COVID-19 testing site at Tolleson City Hall Covid-19 Testing
The Field Operations team has coordinated with the Tolleson Union High School and Embry Woman’s Health Group to redirect traffic to the 24 hour COVID-19 Testing facility at City Hall. Patients will be encouraged to enter off of northbound 99th Ave and Jefferson/Wolverine Way only.
This private road is closed for through traffic but open to testing participants. Field Operations is working on placing signage along the new route that would include message boards and banners.
We appreciate everyone’s patience as this new route is established.
Make your appointment to get tested at www.testnow.com.
Getting to Know Your New Tolleson Police Chief Rudy Mendoza
Dear Tolleson Citizens,
I would like to take an opportunity to introduce myself as your new Chief of Police. My name is Rudy Mendoza and I have worked for the Tolleson Police Department for the past twenty years. I completed a competitive process for the Chief’s position in November and I am extremely excited and humbled to begin leading your police department from January 2021 and beyond.
I want to begin by telling you a little about myself. I am 43 years old and have been married 16 years to my beautiful wife Lisa. We have two children. I grew up and have lived my whole life in the West Valley. I attended Peoria High School and I am a graduate of Arizona State University. I started with the Tolleson Police Department in July of 2000 as a Dispatcher. After dispatching for approximately 10 months, I was hired as a Police Officer and attended the Phoenix Regional Police Academy, class #354. My first assignment with the Tolleson Police Department was in patrol. During my time in patrol I worked in various capacities such as K9 and bike patrol. After five years working in patrol I promoted to Sergeant. As a sergeant, I supervised patrol squads and completed a 2-year rotation as the Criminal Investigations Sergeant. In 2017, I promoted to Commander and was assigned to oversee Police Operations. Throughout my career I have attended numerous hours of training, but I am especially proud of being a graduate of both Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command class #318 and the FBI National Academy class #273.
Over the past twenty years the Tolleson Police Department has continued to grow and improve. This certainly can be attributed to the wonderful people we have working here as well as my two predecessors, Chief Rodriguez and Chief Booher. Through their leadership they have raised the bar and expectations for the Police Department. They have both left a very solid foundation on which I plan to use to continue to raise the bar. Each and every one who lives, works, or visits the City of Tolleson deserves an exceptional police service and I will work diligently to provide that.
As a very trying 2020 comes to a close, I am looking forward to what 2021will bring. I feel we are now turning the corner on Covid-19 and we will see things starting to get back to normal. I look forward to meeting and working with everyone to solve any issue, big or small, that may arise in our city. I believe that together we can keep the City of Tolleson a wonderful place to live, work, or visit.
Finally, I would like to say thank you. Tolleson has been such a wonderful place to work. I thoroughly enjoy interacting with the Tolleson community. I have had so many great memories and I look forward to all of the new ones I am going to have.
From my family to yours I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season.
Tolleson Police Chief Rudy Mendoza
Anonymous Crime Tips
Residents are encouraged to immediately report any concerns regarding criminal activity to the Tolleson Police Department. We value any input from our citizens and we want to provide as many ways to communicate with us as possible. This website has been set up to allow anyone to submit information to the Tolleson Police for non-emergency issues.
You can submit an anonymous tip to the Tolleson Police Department by either text message or using a web form.
To submit an anonymous tip using the Tip411 web form, visit www.tolleson.az.gov/tip411.
To submit an anonymous tip via text message to the Tolleson Police Department, text TOLTIPS and your tip to 847411 (tip411).
Be sure to save/record your tip ID.
You can use the ID to login to view feedback about your tip from the department. Just enter the ID on the tip submit page and any feedback about your tip from the department will display. You can then submit additional information to the department using the tip form.
Career opportunities with the City of Tolleson are made available online. To view or sign up for job alerts, visit www.tollesonaz.org/careers.
As of January 1, 2021, the following positions are available:
- Firefighter (Recruit)
- Firefighter Paramedic (Lateral)
- Police Officer-Lateral
- Police Officer-Recruit
City Holiday Closures
- January 1, 2021 - New Years Day
- January 18, 2020 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tolleson City Council Meetings
- Tuesday, January 12, 2021
- Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Tolleson City Council meetings are held the 2nd and 4th meeting of every month, unless they fall on a holiday and/or the council is on recess. Currently council meetings are being held virtually. Anyone interested in attending can attend virtually through Zoom OR can also practicipate via phone.
You may participate with a computer or cell phone by visiting the following direct link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5439720804.
a. Go to join.zoom.us
b. Enter Meeting ID: 543 972 0804
c. Click Open Zoom
d. Enter your full name
e. Click Join with Computer Audio (You will need a microphone or headset on your computer if you wish to speak during a public hearing, or you can join on your phone in addition to the computer.)
a. Dial 1-253-215-8782
b. Enter Meeting ID: 543 972 0804
c. Enter Participate ID or press # to continue
- Zoom Cloud Meetings App with Cell Phone or Tablet:
a. Select Join a Meeting
b. Enter Meeting ID: 543 972 0804
c. Enter your full name
d. Select Join
e. Select Call using Internet Audio.
Your audio will be muted to prevent background noise.
Tolleson En Español
Viernes, 1 de enero de 2021
¡Les deseamos a todos un feliz año nuevo!
Del Ayuntamiento y el personal de la ciudad de Tolleson
Mensajes de su Alcade Juan F. Rodriguez y Miembros del Concilio
Alcade Juan F. Rodriguez
Al cerrar las puertas del 2020 y comenzar un nuevo capítulo en 2021, estoy emocionado y optimista sobre el futuro de nuestra ciudad! Al comienzo de mi tiempo como alcalde me gustaría darle gracias a mi familia, a mi esposa Alma, a nuestros tres hijos Esperanza, Juanito, Julián, mis padres y suegros por su apoyo. También me gustaría darle gracias a todas las familias de Tolleson. Su amor, devoción y confianza en mí para servir como su próximo Alcalde es un gran sentimiento, una bendición y una gran responsabilidad. Les doy mi palabra de que tomaré esta responsabilidad en serio y trabajaré difícil a medida que avancemos para hacer que Tolleson sea la mejor cuidada que podamos.
Colectivamente, como consejo y personal, tenemos mucho trabajo por delante a medida que nos unamos para brindar los mejores servicios a los residentes de Tolleson. Como los casos de COVID continúan aumentando, una de mis principales prioridades es mantener segura la salud y la seguridad de nuestras familias y personal. Sigo comprometido a mantener los mismos esfuerzos de mitigación que tenemos ahora para parar la propagación de COVID-19.
El servicio público es nuestra vocación colectiva y será necesario que todos trabajemos juntos para continuar brindando servicios óptimos en todos nuestros diversos departamentos. Requerirá un compromiso continuo con la prestación deservicios de calidad y servicio al cliente excepcional. Me considero muy afortunado de haber tenido la oportunidad de haber conocido a muchos de nuestros empleados a lo largo de los años. No tengo ninguna duda de que contamos con las personas mejor capacitadas y capacitadas profesionalmente en nuestra fuerza laboral. ¡Espero trabajar junto a todos y cada uno de ellos como su nuevo alcalde mientras continuamos haciendo avanzar nuestra ciudad de Tolleson! ¡Gracias por ser una parte importante del EQUIPO de T-town!
Alcalde Juan F. Rodríguez
Vicealcaldesa Clorinda Erives
¡Feliz año nuevo y bienvenido 2021!
Me gustaría tomar un momento para desearles a todos un Feliz Año Nuevo. El Año Nuevo siempre ha sido un momento especial para reflexionar y recordar para mí. Un momento para contemplar los grandes y pequeños hitos del año.
También es un momento para reevaluar y establecer nuevas metas para el próximo año. Mirando hacia atrás en 2020, nuestra comunidad de Tolleson se ha enfrentado a algunos desafíos extraordinarios. Lamentablemente, hemos lamentado las pérdidas de nuestros seres queridos fallecidos. Su ausencia ha atravesado nuestros corazones. Aunque los tiempos son extremadamente difíciles, también he visto muchos, muchos ejemplos de bondad en nuestra comunidad. Todos ustedes han demostrado sacrificio, compasión y coraje a través de esta pandemia.
Mientras esperamos el 2021, quiero ofrecerme como su nuevo Vicealcaldesa. Estoy lista para trabajar junto al Alcalde Rodríguez, todo el concejo y el personal de nuestra ciudad para servirle a usted, nuestra comunidad. Si puedo ser de ayuda, un punto de contacto o simplemente un oído para escuchar, sepa que estoy aquí.
Correo electronico: Clorinda.Erives@tolleson.az.gov o por telefono:623.293.6305Clorinda Contreras Erives, Vice-Mayor of Tolleson
Concejal Adolfo Gamez
Me gustaría agradecerles a los votantes de Tolleson por devolverme al Consejo. Mi objetivo como servidor público es hacer todo lo posible para asegurarme de que la ciudad se mueva en la dirección correcta; y ser una voz para aquellos residentes que tengan preocupaciones.
También espero que nosotros, como Consejo, recuperemos la comunicación y la colaboración que tanto necesitamos entre las juntas directivas de la escuela secundaria y la primaria. Nuestros residentes no merecen menos.
Concejal Albert Mendoza
Gracias a los residentes de la Ciudad de Tolleson por su voto de confianza durante los próximos cuatro años.
Continuaré abordando y encontrando una solución para los problemas continuos relacionados con la población sin hogar y la actividad de las drogas. Seguiré trabajando para traer negocios a nuestra Ciudad.
Estoy disponible para escuchar sus inquietudes, así que comuníquese conmigo.
Atentamente suyo en el gobierno de la ciudad,
Concejal Albert Mendoza.
Nueva ruta de tráfico para el sitio de prueba COVID-19 en el Ayuntamiento de Tolleson
El equipo de operaciones de campo de la ciudad de Tolleson se ha coordinado con Tolleson Union High School y Embry Woman's Health Group para redirigir el tráfico a las instalaciones de pruebas COVID-19 las 24 horas.
Se le alentará a los pacientes a ingresar solo por la 99th Ave en dirección norte en la calle Jefferson /Wolverine Way. Esta carretera privada está cerrada al resto del tráfico pero abierta a los participantes de la prueba.
Operaciones de campo está trabajando para colocar letreros a lo largo de la nueva ruta que incluirían tableros de mensajes y carteles.
Le agradecemos la paciencia de todos mientras se establece esta nueva ruta. Haga cita usando la pagina de internet www.testnow.com.
Mayor Juan F. Rodriguez
Vice Mayor Clorinda Erives
Council Member Lupe Bandin
Council Member Jimmy Davis
Council Member Adolfo Gamez
Council Member Linda Laborin
Council Member Albert P. Mendoza
City Manager Reyes Medrano, Jr.
Building & Zoning 623-936-7111
City Queries 623-936-2776
Comm. Action Program 623-936-2760
Parks & Recreation 623-474-4992
Senior Center 623-936-2760
Tolleson Library 623-936-2746
Water/Waste Water 623-936-3381