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City Manager Swenson Passes the Gavel as Chair

Fulfills Year of Service as Chairperson of Management Committee for Maricopa Association of Governments


PEORIA, Ariz. (June 20, 2011) -- On June 8, Carl Swenson, city manager for Peoria, stepped down as chairperson of the Management Committee for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). His year of leadership at the organization was marked with accomplishments.

As the chairperson, Swenson provided guidance for the Management Committee. This group of government leaders was instrumental in the policymaking decisions at MAG. The Committee is responsible for receiving input from technical committees, analyzing the technical and policy implications, and providing recommendations to the MAG Regional Council. The Management Committee consists of the chief administrators from each member agency, such as the jurisdiction’s city or town manager.

Under Swenson’s direction, the Management Committee was a key player in the region’s efforts to address dust pollution, taking a proactive leadership approach to prevent PM-10 (particulate matter 10 microns in diameter or less) exceeding accepted levels at monitoring stations and throughout the region. The region is at a critical point in this battle. If the monitors remain clean through December, it will give the Valley the three years of clean data needed to reach attainment (clean air standards through the EPA). Many of the cities and towns have adopted a Rapid Response Action Plan in order to take immediate action when dust levels at the monitor begin to rise. In addition to protecting public health, attaining the federal standards for PM-10 is important for economic reasons, since penalties for not meeting the standards can include sanctions on business and industry and the loss of millions in federal highway funding.

In February, Chair Swenson initiated the idea for a multimodal transit tour of a MAG Peer Region city. The tour will be held this October in Utah. The purpose will be for regional leaders to gather information and investigate the benefits of the connectivity between bus transit, light rail, and commuter rail. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) was selected for the tour as the best example of an integrated transit agency that offers daily, multimodal connectivity in the Intermountain West, overseeing more than 100 local, bus rapid transit, express, ski and circulator bus routes; four light rail lines; and a 44-mile commuter rail line.

At his final meeting as chair in June, he helped launch an effort to work with ADOT on graffiti control on the freeways.