Mayor Adolfo F. Gámez
|As the Mayor of Tolleson, Adolfo F. Gámez serves as the ambassador of the city, actively promoting the local area to industrial, commercial and retail companies and tourists, as well as championing causes and raising the profile of the community. A native of Tolleson, Mayor Gámez has watched the city evolve from a quaint farming community to an economically viable player in the greater Phoenix Metro area.
Involved in City of Tolleson government for more than 29 years, Mayor Gámez began his career as a City Council Member. After two years in that role, he was elected to the Vice Mayor position, where he served for 12 years. He was then voted by the people of Tolleson to serve as Mayor and has held that position for over 16 years.
He has been instrumental in many initiatives affecting the City of Tolleson, including the construction and opening of the $1.2 million Boys and Girls Club, the Esther Angulo Community Center, the strong industrial employment producing base, CarMax, all of which contributes to the assessed value of the city and the successful lobby against the South Mountain Freeway alignment through Tolleson.
Formerly he served as Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations & Development Operations for Estrella Mountain Community College. He also served as Director of the Southwest Skill Center at Estrella Mountain Community College. Gámez is a champion of ensuring that traditional and non-traditional educational opportunities are available to everyone in the community, which he believes translates into enhanced advantages in the employment arena.
Community involvement is extremely important to Mayor Gámez. He has participated in numerous organizations and served in numerous leadership positions, including past president of the Arizona Association of Chicanos for Higher Education, current vice president and past president of the Hispanic Leadership Forum del Oeste, commissioner of the Western Maricopa Enterprise Zone, and vice president of the Southwest Community Network. Further, he is a graduate of Leadership West, Class 1, Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, West Valley Fine Arts Council Advisory Board, the Tolleson Christmas Bike Committee and the Tolleson Service Committee.
Adolfo earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and History from Northern Arizona University, and an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Glendale Community College.