Today In Surprise

Posted on: September 25, 2020

New “Surprise Lately” Episode

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Who's ready to fiesta?! In this episode of Surprise Lately, see how we're bringing Fiesta Grande to you. Plus, your most-wanted retailer is now open in Surprise!

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Posted on: September 25, 2020

City of Surprise seeking instructors for Special Interest Classes

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Do you have a special skill or talent that you would like to teach to others? Would you like to be payed to do what you love? 

The Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is looking for instructors who possess the knowledge and experience to in...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

7th annual Fiesta Grande celebration goes virtual

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Celebrate our city’s cultural heritage at the seventh annual Surprise Fiesta Grande - To Go style! This virtual celebration, presented by the City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina, wil...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Pavement preservation project on 163rd Ave, Happy Valley to Grand, begins Sept 28

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Mill and overlay work to preserve pavement on 163rd Avenue, Happy Valley Road to Grand Avenue, will begin September 28.

Pavement preservation activities will begin at Happy Valley Road with work progressing along 163rd Avenue towards Grand Avenue. Motorist...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Major League Baseball announces 2021 Spring Training Schedule

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Major League Baseball has released the 2021 Cactus League Spring Training schedule. Opening Day in Surprise, Arizona is set for Saturday, February 27 with the Kansas City Royals taking on the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium.

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Posted on: September 17, 2020

Household Hazardous Waste Collection appointment scheduling begins Sept 21

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Surprise residents will be able to schedule appointments to have hazardous waste picked up directly from their homes beginning September 21-October 2. 

Scheduled pickups will occur Monday, October 5 – Friday, October 16. To streamline th...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

City accepting registrations for Surprise Tennis University

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The Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex is now registering for Surprise Tennis University!

Are you a new player looking to learn the fundamental skills of tennis? The Surprise Tennis University is an 11-week program for Adults 18 & Over that includes...

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Posted on: September 14, 2020

Temporary Mortgage Assistance available for eligible Surprise residents

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The City of Surprise Neighborhood Services Division offers temporary mortgage assistance for up to three (3) consecutive months to eligible Surprise residents who have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19. Utility assistance may also be included i...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

New “Surprise Lately” Episode

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In this episode of Surprise Lately… City Council okays grant funding for small businesses and water bill support for qualifying residents. Also, we celebrate a HUGE milestone with Dysart Unified School District!

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Posted on: September 10, 2020

City Council Meetings to reopen in a hybrid model to allow virtual and limited in-person attendance

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Beginning September 15, meetings of the Surprise City Council will reopen to limited in-person public participation; while maintaining call-in and email options for those wishing to participate remotely. 

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Join the city of Surprise for a Day of Service

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Surprise is looking for volunteers for its Day of Service, on Saturday October 10, 2020. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more.

The neighborhood revi...

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Posted on: September 4, 2020

City to begin Transportation Impact Fee Study for new development

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The city of Surprise is launching a Transportation Impact Fee Study, which will determine one-time fees charged to new development to pay for the infrastructure necessary to accommodate the development.

Impact fees are about planning for smart and sustaina...

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Public input needed for 2021 Maricopa County Hazard Mitigation Plan

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The City of Surprise and Maricopa County are looking for public input on the community’s risk to natural hazards. This information will be used to assist in updating the 2021 Maricopa County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Surprise City Council approves Small Business Relief Grant program, more social service funding

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The Surprise City Council voted Tuesday night to disperse $430,000 in funding to address coronavirus-related community and business needs.

More than half of the funding will be allocated to a new Small Business Relief Grant program, with the rest supportin...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Governor Ducey and Health Leaders Urge Arizonans to Get Flu Shot

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As Arizona continues efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, state health agencies and the Governor’s Office are partnering with health care providers and businesses to prepare for the upcoming flu season.

Governor Doug Ducey today was joine...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Surprise Seeks Input from Businesses on Most-Wanted Virtual Education and Events

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Calling all Surprise businesses - the city’s Economic Development Department wants to hear from you! Cast your vote on what types of virtual education classes you want to see us offer, as well as what mixers and fun events we can host online to ...

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

Free COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing in Surprise

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Embry Women’s Health has opened a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Surprise.

The site, located at 15800 N Litchfield Road, is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week and is dedicated to COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing only. 

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Posted on: August 27, 2020

Surprise announces virtual HOA Academy agenda

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The City of Surprise is teaming up with a community association law group to offer a virtual HOA Academy fall class series.

Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C. will present five Facebook classes, each featuring two hot topics and a Q&A session.

The class sc...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Now enrolling for fall special interest classes!

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The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is now enrolling for the fall session of special interest classes, including aqua aerobics; pee wee soccer, t-ball and football; coding 4 kids; cheer and much more!

Classes are available for pre-school...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

S&P affirms city’s GO Bond rating; 2nd issuance goes to council Sept. 1

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On November 7, 2017 registered voters in Surprise approved three General Obligation (GO) Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. The three questions represent 10 Capital Improvement Projects f...

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Posted on: August 20, 2020

City of Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission Vacancies

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The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following commissions.  All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.

•   Personnel Appeals Board – 2 vacancies (one for term through Ju...

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Posted on: August 18, 2020

DevelopNEXT: Revised development & design standards drafts; updated meeting schedule

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The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing with a new draft available for both the general public and stakeholders to provide comments related to Land Development Ordinances (LDO) an...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Litchfield Road improvement project completes 8/19; new traffic signal activates Monday

Completed Litchfield Road Project

The voter-approved Litchfield Road improvement project, which widened the stretch of road from Waddell Road to Peoria Avenue will be complete Wednesday, August 19. 

The new traffic signal at Litchfield Road and Sweetwater Avenue will be activated ...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Surprise to offer online Esports tournaments this fall

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Surprise Parks & Recreation Department and Bravous Esports are teaming up to offer four online video game tournaments this fall!

Esports is a form of sport event where multiplayer video games are played competitively in elimination-style tournaments.&a...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Arizona Department of Health Services Phased Reopening Plan for Paused Industries

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The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced public health recommendations for the eventual safe reopening of paused businesses in the state of Arizona.

On June 27, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-43 “Pausing of Ari...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Waddell Road Improvement Project is Complete

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The voter-approved Waddell Road Improvement Project has been completed, with all major traffic restrictions now lifted. 

The north and south half of Waddell Road from the east limit of Loop 303 to Reems Road have been built out, and a traffic sign...

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Posted on: August 7, 2020

Tenant based rental assistance available for eligible Surprise residents

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The City of Surprise Neighborhood Services Division has partnered with A New Leaf, a non-profit housing assistance provider, to offer rental assistance to eligible Surprise residents for up to 24 months. Rental assistance may include Housing Case Manageme...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Surprise names Water Resource Management Director

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Surprise City Manager Mike Frazier has announced that Lee Lambert will serve as the city’s new Water Resource Management Director.

Lee has served as Acting Director of the Water Resource Management (WRM) Department since February, stepping in fro...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Primary Election results in for Mayor; Districts 2, 3, 4 & 5 Councilmembers

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Surprise voters elected two new city councilmembers in Districts 2 and 5, returned incumbents to District 3 and 4, and re-elected the mayor in Tuesday’s primary election. 

The news is based on preliminary, unofficial results reported by ...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Gov. Extends Pause of Some Business Operations; Announces Plan for Schools

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Governor Doug Ducey today extended an executive order pausing operations on gyms, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing. The order also prohibits large events and enables local law authorities to take immediate enforcement action to en...

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

Governor Extends COVID-19 Eviction Protections; Expands Rental Assistance Access

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Governor Doug Ducey today signed an Executive Order extending a moratorium on residential evictions until October 31, 2020, providing continued protections for renters who are facing economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. The order ensures renters imp...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

RideChoice transportation service available to income qualified Surprise residents

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The city of Surprise and Valley Metro have updated the income qualified component of RideChoice. This program provides transportation services for income qualified residents to medical appointments, employment opportunities, and basic shopping needs.

The c...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces New Actions To Contain COVID-19

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Governor Doug Ducey yesterday announced additional actions to contain the spread of COVID-19, including the signing of an Executive Order that requires restaurants with indoor seating to operate at less than 50 percent capacity. The announcement to limit ...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Census takers to begin visiting homes in August; Respond now and avoid the knock

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The 2020 Census is currently underway, and just over 66 percent of households in Surprise have responded to the survey. In August, U.S. Census Bureau workers will begin visiting homes to interview households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census....

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Governor Ducey Takes Further Action to Reverse COVID-19 Spread in Arizona

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As part of continued efforts to reverse the trend of COVID-19 spread in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey today signed an Executive Order to prohibit large gatherings, cease the issuance of new special event licenses and pause the operations of bars, gyms, mov...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Surprise requires face coverings in public effective June 20; City Hall will reclose to public

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In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, Surprise Mayor Skip Hall, with support of the Surprise City Council, has issued a Declaration of Emergency Proclamation requiring face coverings within the City of Surprise with limited exceptions.

Effective Sat...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Letter from Surprise City Council

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Dear Residents of Surprise,

This is an important time to reflect on our history, one in which, we must have honest dialogue about race and inclusivity; and listen intently to these conversations.  

We must be mindful that our children, our future, ...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan

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Following COVID-19 case increases and hospitalizations, Governor Doug Ducey today announced enhanced actions to contain the spread of the virus and protect Arizona’s most vulnerable residents. The announced actions build on Arizona’s s...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Council proclaims Monsoon Awareness Week; Surprise offers safety tips for Monsoon 2020

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Vice Mayor Chris Judd, on behalf of Mayor Skip Hall, proclaimed June 14-20 as Monsoon Awareness Week in Surprise during last night’s Regular City Council Meeting and encouraged residents to be prepared for severe weather during the unpredictable...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Letter from Surprise Police Chief Terry Young

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Dear Residents, Business Owners and Visitors of Surprise,

In July of 2016, I felt compelled to share a message with each of you expressing YOUR Police Department’s commitment to professionalism and our appreciation for your partnership and extrao...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

City splash pads, basketball & racquetball courts reopen June 8; ramada, sports field rentals resume

Reopening Splash Pads June 8

The city of Surprise is preparing to reopen several additional city-owned parks and recreation amenities on June 8, including splash pads, basketball courts and racquetball courts. Rentals of park ramadas and sports fields will also resume on that date.&a...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

Council adopts FY2021 Budget focused on flexibility for the future

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The Surprise City Council approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 City Budget in a Special Meeting Tuesday night. The budget is designed to be mindful of the current state of the economy while providing flexibility for the future. The FY2021 Adopted Expenditur...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

City Hall reopens June 1; select recreation amenities phase in

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On June 1, Surprise City Hall and select park amenities will reopen to the public. Additionally, some pool programming will begin June 8.  

The following City Hall service modifications will be implemented on June 1 and until further notice:

  • Cashie...
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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Surprise Introduces Phased COVID-19 Reopening Plan

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With Governor Ducey’s stay home order lifted, and in the spirit of his recent “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” Executive Order, the City of Surprise has prepared a phased reopening plan. 

Each phase wil...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Changes to public participation during Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission meeting May 18

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In an effort to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during the City of Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission Special Meeting on May 18 at 4:30 p.m. Public comment will be taken b...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

City of Surprise pools, gyms, recreation centers remain closed until further notice

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While Governor Ducey’s newest Executive Order allows public pools and gyms to open May 13 under Arizona Department of Health Services guidelines, the city of Surprise is maintaining closures of Surprise Aquatic Center, Hollyhock Pool, the gym at...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Next Phase Of Arizona Recovery

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced that the Stay At Home order in Arizona will be ending on May 15 and replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery. The new guidance aligns with gating criteria issued by the White House and Centers Fo...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Surprise Sundancers raise nearly $175,000 for scholarships and youth programs

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The Surprise Sundancers, the official Surprise Stadium Spring Training volunteer organization, with the support of the Arizona Community Foundation, awarded $155,000 in scholarships to 95 students from high schools in Surprise, El Mirage, Youngtown or Wic...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

City of Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission Vacancy

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The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following  Commission.  All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.  

•    Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission  &ndash...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Surprise to open some recreation amenities May 15

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In anticipation of Governor Doug Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” Executive Order expiring May 15, the city of Surprise is preparing to reopen select recreational amenities that allow for appropriate physical...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Gov. Ducey Issues Updated Guidance For Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Barbers & Cosmetologists

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Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order allowing cosmetologists and barber shops to resume appointment-based services this Friday, May 8 and restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on Monday, M...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Governor Ducey, ADHS Release Guidelines For Retail Business & Customers As Openings Resume Next Week

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Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services today released additional guidelines as retail businesses resume partial operations starting next week. The recommendations include enhanced sanitation and physical distancing steps custome...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Governor Issues Updated Guidance For Arizonans, Businesses

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Governor Doug Ducey yesterday issued an Executive Order extending Arizona’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected Order until May 15, 2020. 

The order also continues Arizona’s gradual economic reopening, allowing retail busin...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Mayor Hall Declares Local State of Emergency in Surprise

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In consultation with members of the Surprise City Council, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Skip Hall announced a State of Emergency for the city of Surprise today in an effort to preserve public health.  

Effective 5 p.m. this even...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Surprise continues suspension of recreation programming & events

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With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and its impacts to public assembly and the city’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget and beyond, all recreation programming and events will continue to be suspended until further notice. 

This includes summ...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Veterans Reflection Circle named Project of the Year by national & state public works associations

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The city of Surprise Veterans Reflection Circle has been selected as an American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Project of the Year for 2020, as well as the APWA Arizona Chapter Project of the Year, in the category of Structures that cost le...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Changes to public participation during PSPRS Fire & Police Board meetings

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In an effort to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during city PSPRS Fire and Police Board Meetings until further notice. Public comment will be taken by phone and email beginning with the...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

COVID-19 financial relief information for individuals & families available on city’s website

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic uncertainty to many individuals and families. In response, financial assistance policies have been activated at the national, state and city levels, as well as by business industries. The city has developed a web...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Valley Metro adjusts Express, RAPID bus service schedules due to COVID-19

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Valley Metro has released the following information:

Valley Metro is adjusting the Express and RAPID commuter bus service schedules to operate fewer trips each weekday morning and evening. This is a proactive step to maintain local bus route service for th...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City webpage provides community support resources, volunteer opportunities amid COVID-19

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This is an overwhelming time for communities around the world, and it is important that our residents know how to access the resources they need.Here’s a look at what is available on the webpage:

  • Community Resource Guide – provides cont...
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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City temporarily amends A-frame sign policy during COVID-19 Pandemic

Sign Code Update 2020

Beginning, Monday, March 30, 2020, businesses in the city of Surprise will be allowed to display an A-frame sign along the adjacent roadway or roadway closest to their business subject to certain requirements set forth below.

The temporary use of A-frame s...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Change to City Council Meeting public comment; Cancelation of several public meetings

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In an effort to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, public comment options have changed for City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings and several other public meetings have been canceled until further notice.

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Special Report Video

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With so much change and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Mayor Hall sat down with staff to talk about how the city is working hard to preserve public health, support our vulnerable populations, and maintain essential city services. 

Community inq...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Update: March 27 FY 2021 Budget Retreat Public Comment Details

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Surprise City Council’s Budget Retreat, scheduled for Friday, March 27, has been relocated to City Hall- Council Chambers.

In an effort to preserve public health, the retreat will be closed to public atte...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Surprise Partners with Meals of Joy to Offer Hot Lunches to Vulnerable Populations

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The City of Surprise has partnered with Meals of Joy to deliver meals at no cost to seniors aged 62 and over, as well as individuals 55 and over with a disability. This temporary, federally funded program is designed to help vulnerable residents maintain ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Surprise Resource Center Reducing Public Hours

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Due to COVID 19 concerns, the Surprise Resource Center is reducing the number of public walk-in hours while maintaining call-in hours to ensure service to the community.

The Surprise Resource Center is a one-stop-shop for social services. Through strategic...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

City Park Amenities & Facilities Closed to Public

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To minimize the potential spread of illness by reducing opportunities to gather, Surprise is closing all city park amenities and facilities effective immediately.

The closure includes: playgrounds, water fountains, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, do...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Local nonprofit Benevilla seeking volunteers to assist seniors

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Local nonprofit Benevilla is seeking volunteers to help our community’s seniors during this difficult time.

At this time, Benevilla needs immediate assistance with the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Grocery shopping: Assist older adults who ca...
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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Latest COVID-19 Actions

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced additional mitigation strategies to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. His executive actions include ensuring food access; increasing hospital capacity; Updated guidance and flexibility for restaurants, bars and ...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Changes to public participation during Planning & Zoning meetings effective March 18

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Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during city Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings until further notice. Publi...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Changes to public participation during Council Meetings effective March 17

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Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings until further notice. Publ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Surprise cancels/postpones events and programs due to COVID-19

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After careful consideration, the city of Surprise is canceling or postponing all city-sponsored events, programs, and sports effective March 16 and continuing through May 10. 

The decision comes as COVID-19 (coronavirus) has reached pandemic level...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Retreat set for March 27

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The Surprise City Council will hold a Budget Retreat on Friday, March 27.

At the retreat, Council will be joined by city staff as they continue the development of the Fiscal Year 2021 Recommended City Manager’s Budget, which is scheduled to be re...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Surprise Fire-Medical is Awarded International Accredited Status

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department in Surprise, Arizona has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and ...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Surprise Resource Center expands evening hours beginning March 4

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The city’s one-stop-shop for social services will soon expand its evening hours.

Beginning March 4, the Surprise Resource Center will extend its closing hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The new hours will be:

Monday & T...

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Surprise Reaffirms Support for Quality Education

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The City of Surprise has announced its support of the Arizona Education Progress Meter, along with the statewide goal to boost postsecondary attainment to 60 percent by the year 2030.

Launched in early 2016 with the backing of 40 major endorsers, the Progr...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Chief Young to serve as 2020 AZ Association of Chiefs of Police President

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Surprise Police Chief Terry Young will serve as the President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) for 2020, the association announced Friday at their annual General Membership Meeting and Board Installation Luncheon.

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Surprise names Community Development Director

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Surprise City Manager Mike Frazier has announced that Chris Boyd will serve as the city’s new Community Development Director.

Boyd has served as Acting Director of the Community Development (CD) Department since April, stepping in from his role as Assistan...

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Posted on: December 11, 2019

DevelopNEXT: Give Input on Draft Land Development Ordinances

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The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of chapters 101 -108 of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) online for public and stakeholder review and comment.

The purpose of the LD...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

City awarded $50K grant from Tohono O’odham Nation to advance community initiatives

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The city of Surprise City Council voted to accept a $50,000 grant from the Tohono O’odham Nation at their meeting last night.  

The city’s Human Service and Community Vitality Department applied for and was awarded the grant to...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Surprise offers free online “Startup Space” to connect entrepreneurs, small businesses

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Free business support is now only a click away in the City of Surprise! A new online platform called Startup Space is now available to all Surprise small businesses, startups and residents free of cost, courtesy of the City of Surprise Economic Developmen...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

City of Surprise Revenue Bond Rating Raised to ‘AA+’

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Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings raised its long-term rating to 'AA+' from 'AA' on Surprise, Ariz.'s series 2015 pledged revenue and revenue refunding obligations. The outlook is stable.

The raised rating action reflects the applica...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Surprise Fire-Medical Awarded 8 New Firefighters Through Federal Grant

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department was awarded eight new firefighters through a federal grant. This newly-awarded grant pays for the majority of the training costs and salaries for a period of two years and a little less than half of the costs for a thi...

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View letter... City of Surprise News
Posted on: October 21, 2019

CALL OF ELECTION - Public Notice of the City of Surprise, Arizona.

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Notice is hereby given that the City of Surprise, Arizona will hold elections as follows:

Primary Election: Tuesday, August 4, 2020General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (If Applicable)

Offices to be filled – Mayor (4 year term ending in December 2024)...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Surprise expands library services with increased hours & new location

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The City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District are excited to announce that in early 2020 a new library will open and another will offer expanded hours. 

Starting in early January 2020, expanded hours are coming to Hollyhock Library, lo...

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See press release... City of Surprise News
Posted on: October 1, 2019

Fall 2019 Progress Magazine released

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Does this cooler weather have you wanting to cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a good read? Progress Magazine is out now! This issue has all you need to know about upcoming festivals & entertainment, road improvement projects, Census 2020, and mor...

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See 2019 fall issue... City of Surprise News
Posted on: October 1, 2019

City wins national video award for “The Moving Wall Vietnam Memorial” visit

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The City of Surprise Marketing & Communications Department earned a first place win in the National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors’ (NATOA) 34th Annual Government Programming Awards.

Surprise took first place for ou...

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Posted on: September 10, 2020

Virtual Surprise Business Roundtable with Mayor Hall & Local Business Leaders

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You’re invited to watch a virtual business roundtable with Mayor Skip Hall and a group of local business leaders as they discuss issues and ideas for growing and maintaining a business-friendly community.

The following business leaders will be pa...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Surprise Seeks Input from Businesses on Most-Wanted Virtual Education and Events

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Calling all Surprise businesses - the city’s Economic Development Department wants to hear from you! Cast your vote on what types of virtual education classes you want to see us offer, as well as what mixers and fun events we can host online to ...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Vote on favorite business ribbon cutting videos

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The city featured 101 local Surprise businesses in short, 3-5 second videos where owners or staff cut a ribbon to celebrate reopening after closing temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Surprise Economic Development Department is now asking reside...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Surprise introduces Shop Surprise banners for retailers; creates Open for Business list

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To help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Surprise Economic Development department is introducing two new resources to promote local non-restaurant retailers: a purple “Open for Business” #ShopSurprise banner campaign and a ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

City launches webpage for consumers, businesses, job seekers; introduces business recovery plan

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Surprise launched today a webpage dedicated to connecting consumers, businesses and job seekers with tips, resources and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city’s Economic Development department created the COVID-19 Business and Workforce ...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Surprise offers free online “Startup Space” to connect entrepreneurs, small businesses

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Free business support is now only a click away in the City of Surprise! A new online platform called Startup Space is now available to all Surprise small businesses, startups and residents free of cost, courtesy of the City of Surprise Economic Developmen...

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See press release... Economic Development News
Posted on: October 31, 2019

AZ TechCelerator hosts ribbon cutting for newest tenant, Arizona Cyber Warfare Range

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The AZ TechCelerator hosted a ribbon cutting event for its newest tenant, Arizona Cyber Warfare Range at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 24.

The event took place on the AZ TechCelerator campus located at 12425 W. Bell Road in Building D.

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

National Indoor RV Centers expands to Surprise, brings head-of-household jobs

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Texas-based National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC) has selected the City of Surprise, Arizona for its new expansion location. The new Surprise business center will grow 65 full-time jobs and will be dedicated to the sales, servicing, storage and maintenance o...

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Posted on: February 5, 2019

Economic Development AIMS Community Profile

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The City of Surprise AMIS Community Profile offers information about who we are demographically, our business services, transportation options, key development areas and more.

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Posted on: August 29, 2020

Join the Surprise Fire-Medical Team

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is not accepting applications at the moment. Please continue to visit our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most up-to-date information. You may also submit a "Job Interest Card" with Human ...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Surprise Fire-Medical is Awarded International Accredited Status

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department in Surprise, Arizona has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and ...

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Surprise Fire-Medical receives award from the American Heart Association

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Surprise Fire-Medical Awarded 8 New Firefighters Through Federal Grant

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department was awarded eight new firefighters through a federal grant. This newly-awarded grant pays for the majority of the training costs and salaries for a period of two years and a little less than half of the costs for a thi...

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View letter... Fire-Medical Department News
Posted on: January 23, 2019

Free Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection

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80% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Have your car seat inspected!

Child safety seat inspections are available every 1st and 3rd Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month at Fire Station 303 at 15440 N. Cotton Lane from 9:00-10:45 a.m.

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

New Fire User Fees

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At the November 17th, 2015 Regular Council Meeting, Council approved Resolution 2015 – 108 which authorized an updated user fee schedule citywide to include the following updated fees for the Surprise Fire Medical Department to be effective immediately: R...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Letter from Surprise Police Chief Terry Young

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Dear Residents, Business Owners and Visitors of Surprise,

In July of 2016, I felt compelled to share a message with each of you expressing YOUR Police Department’s commitment to professionalism and our appreciation for your partnership and extrao...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Chief Young to serve as 2020 AZ Association of Chiefs of Police President

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Surprise Police Chief Terry Young will serve as the President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) for 2020, the association announced Friday at their annual General Membership Meeting and Board Installation Luncheon.

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