Mayor Juan F. Rodriguez
Mayor Juan F. Rodriguez was elected to the Tolleson City Council in 2005. Creating progressive policies to craft a stronger tomorrow for the City has been and continues to be his top priorities. As Mayor, he meticulously collaborates with his fellow Council Members and City Management to establish planning and zoning regulations, balance the annual budget, create targeted strategic economic development initiatives and develop progressive employee retention plans through competitive market analysis.
During his tenure, along with his fellow City Council Members, he has provided strategic direction which has positively impacted the City. Initiatives in which he has participated includes attracting new economic commercial developments, which will provide millions of dollars in future tax revenue, formation of a comprehensive housing revitalization program, construction of new Fire and Police/ Municipal Court Public Safety facilities and key in the full renovation of the Tolleson Parks and Recreation Center. Mayor Rodriguez currently serves on the Maricopa Associations of Government Regional Council. Formerly as the Vice Mayor, he served as the Chair of the City of Tolleson Public Safety Personnel Retirement Fire and Police Boards. Preceding his role as a Council Member, he served as the former Chair of the Tolleson Planning and Zoning Commission.
Mayor Rodriguez’s career with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department began March of 1998. He previously held positions as a Recreation Leader, Coordinator I, II, and III and is currently a Parks Supervisor. He is the recipient of four City of Phoenix Excellence Awards, which are bestowed on employees for their exceptional contributions to city government and public service. Specifically, he was recognized for his work with the Latino Institute in 2003, serving on the Shuttered Facility Task Force in 2011, the Lifeguard Outreach and Recruitment Program in 2012 and for the creation of the Inclusionary Program for kids with all abilities in 2020. His familiarity with the inner workings of city government, brings a unique perspective to the Tolleson City Council.
He holds a Masters of Public Administration Degree from Arizona State University, and both a Bachelor of Arts in History and in Political Science from Arizona State University. He completed the City of Phoenix Advanced Supervisory Academy, and the first and second year curriculum at the NRPA Pacific Southwest Maintenance Management School. He holds a Certified Playground Safety Inspector credential from the National Playground Safety Institute. He is a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture. He earned a Gold Certification from the NLC in Municipal Governance Leadership Training Institute Program.
He is a member of the National League of Cities, the Hispanic Elected Local Officials Branch of the NLC, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. Furthermore, he holds memberships in recreation organizations, including the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association, where he served as the former chair of the Ethnic Leadership Branch.
Mayor Juan F. Rodriguez is married to his wife Alma, a Tolleson school teacher, with whom he has a daughter, Esperanza Mia and two sons, Juan Jr. and Julian.