Commissions

The City of Sierra Vista welcomes citizen involvement. The following commissions were established to assist City Council in gathering information about important City functions. If you’re interested in being involved in a commission, click here to check for vacancies. Commission members are appointed by City Council to serve two-year terms with a limit of three consecutive terms. If no vacancies are available, you may still be able to participate as a non-voting associate member. Click here to download an application.

Airport

The Airport Commission was created by Ordinance 220 on April 12, 1973 as the Aviation Commission, and re-established on December 12, 1996 as the Airport Commission by Resolution 3719. The Commission’s purpose is to provide public input and citizen participation on the policies and procedures that affect the operation and use of the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport, and promote the growth and expansion of airport services to the general public.

The Airport Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., at the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport.
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Member Term Ends
James Short, vice-chair 12-31-18
vacant
John Voishan, chair 12-31-18
Frank Jackson, member  12-31-17
Jake Pacheo 12-31-18
Francisco J. Flores, member 12-31-17
George Pohlman, member 12-31-17
Lee Gray, associate
Art Weisberger, associate
Sharon Flissar, staff liaison
Council Member Craig Mount, Council liaison

Arts & Humanities

The Arts and Humanities Commission was created in 1980. The purpose of the Commission is to advise City Council on art in public places, foster the City as a strong supporter of cultural activities for the community, and develop short and long term plans relating to arts and humanities activities and facilities in the community.

The Arts & Humanities Commission meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center.
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The Arts & Humanities Commission is now accepting applications for nominations for the 2016 Mayor’s Arts and Humanities Awards to be presented in January, 2017. The nomination form is here. Applications are due no later than Monday, November 28, 2016.

Member Term Ends
Cecelia Lewis, member 06-30-18
Elizabeth Horning, member 06-30-17
Nikki Heinrich, vice chair 06-30-17
Virginia P. Thompson, chair 06-30-18
Michael Rosen, member 06-30-18
Karol F. Childs, member 06-30-17
Tanya Biami, associate
Renae B. Humburg, associate
Rob Hinderer, staff liaison
Mayor Pro Tem Alesia Ash, Council liaison

Cultural Diversity

The Commission on Cultural Diversity was established by Resolution 2007-064 on April 26, 2007. The Commission of seven members was designed to promote and improve relations and understanding among the many diverse ethnic and cultural segments of the City of Sierra Vista.

The Commission on Cultural Diversity meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in the Oscar Yrun Community Center.
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Member Term Ends
Chrysti Lassiter-Jones, vice chair 04-26-17
Gail Houston, member 04-26-17
Sigrid M. Limtiaco, member 04-26-17
Shaundra L. Sanders, chair 04-26-17
Lauri J. Owen, member 04-26-18
Frances W. Micheau, member 04-09-17
Rosa Villafane 04-26-18
Laura Killberg, staff liaison
 Council Member Craig Mount, Council liaison

Disability Issues

The Commission on Disability Issues was established by Resolution 3702 to act as a liaison between the City and its disabled population. On January 13, 2011 the bylaws were amended via Resolution 2011-011.

CoDI meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the City Manager’s Conference Room in City Hall.

Nominate a business or organization for the Sierra VistaABILITY Award.
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Member Term Ends
Thomas M. Reardon, vice chair 09-22-17
Karl Hallsten, member 09-22-18
Lori Schectman, member 09-22-19
Vacant 09-22-17
Sherron L. Driver, member  09-22-18
Vacant, member  09-22-19
Audrey Peterson-Hosto, associate
Lois R. Sagmoe, associate
Amy Carter, associate
Carla Boyd, associate
Jeff Pregler, staff liaison
Mayor Pro Tem Alesia Ash, Council liaison

Environmental Affairs

The Environmental Affairs Commission was established in 1993 to advise the City Council on environmental issues, programs, and procedures relating to reduction, reuse, recycling, energy conservation, environmental stewardship, waste management, regulatory compliance, water conservation, community education, and environmental demonstration projects.

The Environmental Affairs Commission meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at the Pedro Castro Center Training Room, 401 Guilio Cesare.
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Member Term Ends
David Allee, member 12-31-17
Norman Patten, member 12-31-17
Tom Kennedy, chair 12-31-18
Ronald W. Faulkner, member 12-31-17
William J. Hargis, member 12-31-17
Dennis Ehrenberger, member 12-31-18
Gene Fenstermacher, member 12-31-17
Amy Carter, associate
Joanne M. Roberts, associate
Sharon Flissar, staff liaison
Council Member Gwen Calhoun, Council liaison

The Environmental Affairs Commission has created a new award program, the Environmental Merit Award. This recognition will be awarded annually to an individual, business, or service group that meets or exceeds environmental goals as outlined by the City of Sierra Vista. Areas of interest include water conservation, environmental stewardship, and recycling efforts. Some examples include planting native vegetation, rainwater harvesting, increasing the use of public transportation, energy conservation or use of renewable energy, and recycling efforts. Awardees will be selected by a selection task force that is part of the Environmental Affairs Commission. Get more information and an application.

Library

The Library Advisory Commission was established in 1960 to advice the City Council regarding library services and requirements, and to assist the City Librarian in promoting library services to the public.

The Library Advisory Commission meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Sierra Vista Public Library Conference Room.
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Member Term Ends
Virginia Fuller, member 06-30-17
Joan B. Blaylock, chair 06-30-18
Alvin M. Slarve, member 06-30-17
Jacob Jones Martinez, member 06-30-18
Stephanie Fulton, member 06-30-17
John Walsh, member 06-30-18
Victoria Yarbrough, staff liaison
 Council Member Kristine Wolfe, Council liaison

Parks & Recreation

The Parks & Recreation Commission was established in 1971 to advise the City Council in the establishment of essential policies, procedures, rules, and regulations relating to the planning, acquisition, disposition, operation, use, care, and maintenance of areas and structures owned, leased, or otherwise acquired by the City for use as park and recreation facilities.

The Parks & Recreation Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center.
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Member Term Ends
Scott Loucks, member 11-20-17
Larry Hampton, vice chair 11-20-18
Wesley Hewitt, chair 11-20-18
Ryan Hightower, member 11-20-17
Joy Mims, member 11-20-18
Scott Weiss, member 11-20-17
Victoria Yarbrough, staff liaison
Council Member Bob Blanchard, Council liaison

Planning & Zoning

The Planning & Zoning Commission was established in 1959 to formulate and recommend to the City Council a long-term master plan for the development of the City, to make surveys and studies of present conditions and future growth, to hold public hearings on all proposed amendments to the City’s plan prior to going to Council, and to conduct itself in accordance with City Codes and State Statues.

The Planning & Zoning Commission meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:00 p.m. in City Hall.
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Member Term Ends
David Grieshop, member 06-30-17
Gerald Patton Gabel, member 06-30-18
Sharon Lake, member 06-30-18
John T. Barton, member 06-30-17
Patricia M. Olson, chair 06-30-17
David P. Thompson, member 06-30-17
Kevin Jorgenson, vice chair 06-30-18
Jeff Pregler, staff liaison
Council Member Rachel Gray, Council liaison

 Sister Cities

The Sister Cities Commission was established by Resolution 2282 to advise the City Council on enhancing the City’s relationship with its sister cities. The original committee was established in 1989 to promote the relationship with Cananea, Sonora, Mexico. The committee was reformed as a corporation in 1990, re-established as a committee in 1996, and was made a City commission in 2001. The sister city relationship with Radebeul, Germany, was established in 1998 by Resolution 3956.

The Sister Cities Commission meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center.
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Member Term Ends
Susanne Himstedt-Gilbert, chair 02-08-18
Randi Buros, member 02-08-18
John C. McBee, member 02-08-19
Matthew Lentz, member 02-08-18
Victoria Yarbrough, staff liaison
 Council Member Gwen Calhoun, Council liaison

Tourism

The Tourism Commission was established by the Sierra Vista City Council in 2008 by Resolution 2008-181. Its purpose is to advise City Council on policies and strategies related to tourism marketing and visitor services.

The Tourism Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center.
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Member Term Ends
Amanda Baillie, vice chair 06-30-18
Sabra Albritton, secretary 06-30-18
Mary Tieman, chair 06-30-18
Robert Gent, member 06-30-18
Vivek N. Patel, member 06-30-17
Becky Bjork, member 06-30-17
Normajean Maryland, member 06-30-17
Sunhilt Gregory, associate
Angela Camara, Fort Huachuca liaison
Judy Hector, staff liaison
 Council Member Kristine Wolfe, Council liaison

West End

The West End Commission was established as the Downtown Neighborhood Commission on October 24, 1996 by Resolution 3843 to advise City Council on the establishment of plans, policies, and strategies relating to the revitalization and enhancement of properties on the west side of Sierra Vista. On February 28, 2008, the Downtown Neighborhood Commission was re-established as the West End Commission.

The West End Commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at Landmark Café, 400 W. Fry Boulevard.
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Member Term Ends
Michele Cotton, member 10-09-17
Pamela Anderson, member 10-09-18
Father  Gregory Adolf, member  10-09-17
Danielle Sheppard, member 10-09-18
Erik Petersen, member 10-09-17
Rosie Mackey, chair 10-09-17
Julia V. McCaa, member 10-09-17
Susan Tawney, associate
David Miller, associate
Jenifer Thornton, staff liaison
Council Member Gwen Calhoun, Council liaison

Youth

Originally created as the Youth Council in 1972, the body was restructured as a commission in 1996. The purpose of the Youth Commission is to advise the City Council on matters of concern to the youth of Sierra Vista, recommend and encourage action programs and legislation beneficial to the youth of the community, promote better understanding and integration of youth and the local government, and assist in the planning, operation, and evaluation of the local service delivery system for youth-related services as consumers of these services.

The Youth Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Teen Center.
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Member Term Ends
Ariana Heinrich, member 07-09-17
Timothy Jones, member 07-09-18
Ethan Johnson, member 07-09-17
Krysta Ellis, vice chair 07-09-17
Rachel Jacobs, chair 07-09-17
Dominic Valentin, vice chair 07-09-18
Vacant 07-09-18
Emily Scherrer, staff liaison
Mayor Pro Tem Alesia Ash, Council liaison