Recognizing that the City of Surprise rests on the shoulders of great women and men who invested a precious part of themselves to the benefit of our city; the Surprise City Council has adopted a policy to create an Ad-Hoc “Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force” within the City of Surprise.
Earlier this year, the City Council instructed the City Manager’s Office to draft a policy that would recognize people that made a significant contribution to advance the city through possible naming dedications of city amenities, awards, facilities, parks, roadways, etc….
The group is being assembled, at the request of City Council, to research options to honor the late Community and Recreation Services Director Mark A. Coronado.
Coronado led the department from 2000 until his death this past June. Under Mark’s leadership the department grew to manage all recreational programming, city parks, aquatics, library services, community/sports tourism special events, recreational facility development, Spring Training operations and national/international tennis events.
During his tenure with the city, Mark also held the roles of Interim City Manager, Acting Economic Development Director, Acting Public Works Director and Acting Communications Director.
The task force’s first meeting will be Tuesday, November 14, 6 p.m. in the Community Room of City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend.
Here is the council-approved protocol for enacting the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force:
At any City Council meeting, a councilmember may move (when seconded by another councilmember) to convene the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force to take up a specific naming/dedication request to honor a Surprise resident.
The Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force membership shall be comprised of the following participants:
- Chair Person of Planning and Zoning Commission
- Chair Person of Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission
- Chair Person of Community Recreation Advisory Commission
- Assistant City Manager
- City Attorney or designee
- Public Works Director
This task force will select a chairperson as their first order of business. All members shall participate in discussion and decision making. Here is the remainder of their business process:
- Within 30 days of the establishment of the Special Task Force, hold first public meeting and market for public participation.
- Market the meeting in a way that encourages Surprise residents to attend and submit ideas and discuss pros and cons of each idea.
- Within 30 days of the first meeting, conduct second public meeting to select at least two options to be vetted by city staff. Staff will, at a minimum, explore costs, legal environment, consistency, pros & cons, potential opportunity costs, etc.
- Within 30 days of the second meeting, Special Task Force will hold third public meeting to weigh all the information presented by city staff, and select the best two/three options. Again, the Special Task Force will use all avenues available, market the meeting in a way that encourages Surprise residents to attend and submit ideas and discuss pros and cons of each idea.
- Special Task Force will present its recommendations to the City Council at the next regularly scheduled City Council Workshop. City Council will either recommend that the action item be brought forward at the next City Council Meeting, or ask that the Special Task Force perform additional work.
- The Special Task Force will be dismissed after City Council Action.