Oliphant appointed as Queen Creek vice mayor, council committee appointments announced

The 2015-16 Queen Creek Town Council members are, front row from left, newly appointed Vice Mayor Dawn Oliphant, Mayor Gail Barney and Councilwoman Emilena Turley, and back row from left, council members Jeff Brown, Julia Wheatley, Craig Barnes and Robin Benning. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

The 2015-16 Queen Creek Town Council members are, front row from left, newly appointed Vice Mayor Dawn Oliphant, Mayor Gail Barney and Councilwoman Emilena Turley, and back row from left, council members Jeff Brown, Julia Wheatley, Craig Barnes and Robin Benning. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

 

During the Dec. 16 Queen Creek Town Council meeting, Mayor Gail Barney appointed Councilwoman Dawn Oliphant to serve a 12-month term as vice mayor beginning Jan. 1.

The motion passed on a 6-0 vote. Ms. Oliphant replaces Julia Wheatley, who has held the position since December 2014, according to a press release.

“Vice Mayor Wheatley has worked hard to represent Queen Creek, attending many meetings, events and interviews on my behalf when I was unable to attend. I appreciate her commitment to our community, and I thank her family for supporting her as she serves the residents of Queen Creek,” Mayor Barney said. “It is also my honor to welcome Councilmember Oliphant as the incoming vice mayor. This role comes with great responsibility and requires a significant amount of time. I am confident that Dawn will do a fantastic job, and I look forward to working with her in this leadership capacity.”

Responsibilities of the vice mayor include conducting meetings of the town council when the mayor cannot be present. The position is also responsible for representing the views of the mayor and the town at official and ceremonial functions and in meetings with other agencies when the mayor is unable to attend.

Councilmember Oliphant was elected to the town council in June 2010 and again in November 2014, serving as vice mayor from June 2013 until June 2014. She serves on the Economic Development Committee and the Budget Committee.

“It is a privilege to serve the residents of Queen Creek,” Ms. Oliphant said. “I am honored to serve Queen Creek in this leadership role, and I look forward to all of the events and activities coming in the next year.”

Ms. Oliphant moved to Queen Creek  in 2005 with her husband, Rick, and two sons. She holds a master of business administration degree in management and a bachelor of science degree in liberal studies.

She has a background in government, having served 17 years with the city of Tempe, and is dedicated to philanthropic work as a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha.

At the same meeting, Mayor Barney announced the council committee assignments.

Councilman Craig Barnes will continue to serve on the Budget Committee in addition to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, the East Valley Partnership Aviation & Aerospace Committee and as an alternate for the East Valley Board of Directors.
Mr. Barnes will also represent the town on the National League of Cities Board of Directors.

Councilman Robin Benning will serve on the Budget Committee and continue to serve on the Central Arizona Association of Government Council as its chairman and the East Valley Partnership Transportation Committee.

Councilman Jeff Brown will continue to represent the town on the East Valley Partnership Board of Directors and will serve as an alternate for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

Mr. Brown also sits on the Queen Creek Historic Preservation Task Force, the Arizona League of Cities General Administration, Human Resources and Elections Policy Committee, and the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Land Use Compatibility Plan Update Planning Advisory Committee.

Councilwoman Emilena Turley will serve on the Economic Development Committee and as an alternate for the Budget Committee. She will continue to serve on the Transportation Advisory Committee, and will soon sit on the new Arts Committee.

Councilwoman Wheatley will continue to serve on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. She will also serve on the town’s Transportation Advisory Committee.
Mayor Barney will continue to represent the town of Queen Creek on various committee and boards.

His appointments include the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, the MAG Executive Committee, the MAG Economic Development Committee, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors, the Maricopa/Northern Pinal Gateway Alliance, the Queen Creek Public Safety Retirement Board and the Arizona Model City Tax Code Commission.

For more information about the town council, visit the town’s website.

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