So You Want to Know About Marana…

There are 360 employees for the town of Marana. Seven people make up the Marana town council.

Mayor Ed Honea has served on the Marana town council for 18 years. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Marana as a contactor for 28 years. Some of his many interests include Senior Center operations, Western Events Center, Heritage Park development and neighborhood revitalization. Salary: $11,400/yr. He also receives $1800/yr. in compensation for car usage and $960/yr. in cell phone usage.

Vice Mayor Herb Kai is in his third term and is a self-employed pecan rancher and cotton farmer. He served on the Cortaro Marana Irrigation District board, the Southern Arizona Water Users Association, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and is Vice President of the Tucson Quarter Midget Association (TQMA).

Salary: $9,000/yr. plus $1,500/yr. in compensation for car usage and $960/yr. in compensation cell phone usage.

Russell Clanagan served his first term in May 2007. He spent 25 years as a Pa. state trooper and three as chief of the Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department. He is president of the board of directors for the Continental Ranch Homeowners Association and a member of the board of directors for Casa de los Niños.

His salary, along with all council members, is $9,000/yr. plus $1,200/yr. in compensation for car usage and $960/yr. in compensation for cell phone usage.

Patti Comerford has been a member of the Marana town council for seven years. She is the chair of the Marana Planning and Zoning Commission. Active in recreation and youth programs.

Carol McGorray has been a member of the Marana town council for seven years. She serves on the 4th of July Committee, Marana Health Center Board and Marana Arts Council Board. She is a member of Dove Mountain Civic Association. Retired from Marana Unified School District.

Jon Post was appointed in early 2008. He is the owner of Post Farms and managing partner of the Tri-Marana Development Corp. He serves on the board of directors for Trico Electric Co-op, the Cortaro Water Users Association and Cortaro Marana Irrigation District. He also served as chairman of the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission and was president of the Marana Junior Rodeo Association.

Roxanne Ziegler is in her second term as of May 2007. She was a council member from 1997-2001. She is a former member of the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission and the senior contracts and negotiation manager for IBM.

  • Each member serves a four year term and elections are held in March and May of odd-numbered years. There are 14,738 registered voters in Marana (as of May 2007) out of the total population of about 33,000. Marana’s population in the 2000 census bureau totaled 13,556. Its population has increased dramatically over the past decade due to the increase in community housing developments.
  • The Marana town council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex. They cover issues including water, such as relocating areas within the flood plain, heritage, commercial and residential, education, safety and the environment.

Other Marana employees include:

Town manager Michael A. Reuwsaat Deputy town manager: Gilbert Davidson

Asst. town manager: Deb Thalasiti

Police chief: Richard Vidaurri

Marana’s 2007-2008 budget is $209,825,171
Budget funding breakdown:

  • 55% sales tax
  • 22% intergovernmental
  • 14% license, fees and permits
  • 2% charges for services
  • 2% fines and forfeitures
  • 5% other

Other notes about Marana:

  • Former mayor Bobby Sutton resigned because he was indicted on “federal charges of trying to extort thousands of dollars and a job from a trash collection company.”
  • The town of Marana’s responsibilities include planning responsible growth for community, economic development, budget planning, parks and recreation, police dept.
  • Two issues dealt with in the past 2 years:
    1.) Marana is currently dealing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA wants to move the northwest section of Marana to the flood plain, but the city contested this. Marana conducted a hydrology study on housing in the flood plain. FEMA proposed each household invest $200 a month for flood insurance.
    2.) Maricopa County wants to gain control of waste water service from Pima County as Marana used septic tanks in the 1970s. Pima County doesn’t see eye to eye on this issue but Marana wants the service turned over to Maricopa County.
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