Jay Tibshraeny
State Senator Jay Tibshraeny goes over files in his office in the Senate building at the state Capitol in Phoenix in this 2007 file photo.

Jay Tibshraeny has served in several capacities of Chandler city government, including mayor from 1994-2002. After serving in the Legislature since 2003, he pursued a return to the Chandler mayoral post and was elected in August, running unopposed.

The 56-year-old Chandler native, an agricultural and property manager, takes office on Jan. 13.

Q: What are your emotions as you prepare to return to your old job?

A: I’m excited about returning to the mayor’s seat. Serving Chandler is a lifetime passion of mine.

Q: How has Chandler changed since you were last mayor?

A: Obviously, there is a new group of people to work with, and the fiscal challenges are bigger than when I left. Then, we had just achieved our triple-A bond rating, and the finances in the city and the state were strong. Now, there are some challenges that we will continue to address.

Q: How has your time in the Legislature prepared you for coming back to city-level government?

A: You have to work within your caucus and across the aisle, and I did that. It built my skills, the kind of skills you need on a City Council about working with everyone and trying to find the best solution.

Q: Chandler has long welcomed the technology business. Has that become the city’s primary identity?

A: Administrations going back even before mine have long focused on bringing jobs, good jobs, to the city. We saw Intel as a magnet to attract high-tech business and pave the way for the outstanding Price Road corridor we have. It’s a game plan we’ve followed about having quality businesses — many of them tech, but not all of them.

Q: Municipal budgets can be at the mercy of the state and national economic situations. What could have been done differently in Chandler, and how much of the problems are a product of the outside economic climate?

A: It was a national recession, so there wasn’t a lot of control the city had over that. Generally, I think the city has done a good job of stying on top of the issues facing it. The only area I would be concerned with is the fact that the reserve funds have been spent down a bit.

Q: What’s your business blueprint? What other types of business can the city tap?

A: Downtown and the Price Road corridor are important, and the Airpark area has ground for business. That area in southeast Chandler, I think, can be a great location for different companies and be a place for people to work who live in that area.

Q: What’s your impression of the new City Hall?

A: This will be the third council chamber I’ve worked in, and fourth City Hall. Yeah, it’s a nice facility, but work still needs to be done. My focus is hitting the ground running and rolling up my sleeves and getting to work, so that’s what I’m focused on doing.

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Oh jeez, Tibshraney act II. Let's look at what he did the first time, he launched the big money project "Chandler's front door" to beautify entry points into Chandler from Mesa. This was to supposedly revitalize downtown (first attempt). That was long ago abandoned in favor of the new "Chandler's back door" which is the SanTan Frwy, AZ Ave intersection which features a Walmart. I can still remember him touting the fact that Chandler landed federal money for public housing and that they have a dedicated staff filing for more federal money for more public housing because they were so well versed in it. This in turn has led to many public housing projects around downtown which is the very reason downtown revitalization repeatedly fails. Other wise cities knew not to go after public housing money knowing that it would be granted thus undermining the local community with excess public housing, but not Tibshraeny, he has not the simple foresight of "be careful what you wish for". As legislature he sent out a letter to constituents asking them for ideas, I thought this was his job and the reason he was elected, duh me. Chandler city revenues are going down with the future property tax assessments falling like a rock, Jay and city council's first agenda will be how to weasel into our wallets as they have no concept of "it's not a revenue problem, it's a spending problem", new city hall and related projects prove that to the tune of 80+ million dollars. And oh yea, water rates are going up, much like they are in Phoenix to help cover general operating funds, they will deny it. So let's all welcome back Jay and get excited! My big disappointment is that councilmen Jeff Weninger has hooked his wagon to Jay who has told me "Jay is a good person". But Jeff wasn't around for Jay act I. And I'll agree that Jay is a good person, just not a very smart one. Jay has no accomplishments of his own, his father and uncles made the Tibshraeny fortune. For years Jay used to sit in a little office at Tibshraeny Plaza at Southern and Extension and run the Tibshraeny check book until he got bored and ran for office. Now he's a Phil Gordon wannabe. Sorry, I apologize for the Gordon comment, that is just down low dirty.


This guy is like a case of hemorrhoids. You just can't get rid of him. I was hoping he was gone for good in 2002 but now he is back to wreck havoc again. So Jay, what's your first order of business? MORE spending?

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