By Matt Roy, Independent Newsmedia
Surprise leaders this week selected two new members to join the city’s parks board.
City Council voted unanimously to appoint Bill Pupo and Ray Grimm to serve on the Community & Recreation Services Commission at the council’s Feb. 19 regular meeting at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.
The new commissioners were selected from among more than a dozen applicants, who sought to fill vacancies on the CRS panel, according to Vice Mayor Roland Winters Jr., who serves on the selection committee along with District 4 Councilman Ken Remley and District 6 Councilman David Sanders.
“We make a selection from the folks that apply for openings on our boards and commissions,” Mr. Winters explained. “We had quite a few for the two openings we had on our CRS commission … very engaged residents that want to contribute their time and their skills.”
With more than 30 years of city leadership and community service experience, Mr. Pupo was formerly city manager in Spokane, Washington, Chino Valley and in Surprise, where he served until 2003.
With an MBA from Gonzaga University, he is an adjunct faculty member at Rio Salado Community College in public and business administration and conducts volunteer work with the Fighter Country Partnership, Dysart Education Foundation, Surprise Sundancers, Arizona Cactus League and other groups.
Mr. Pupo’s term will expire on June 30, 2021.
Mr. Grimm is a local business owner and active member of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, who ran last year in a three-way race for the District 1 council seat – which was decided for Councilman Winters in a November 2018 runoff against candidate Jim Cunningham.
His term on the panel expires June 30, 2019.
Commissioners serve in voluntary, unpaid positions in support of City Council and city staffers, providing research and advice on a variety of initiatives throughout the community.
Other panels include the Audit Committee; Arts & Culture Advisory Commission; Board of Trustees; Capital Improvement Exploratory Committee; Veterans, Disability & Human Services Commission; Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force; Judicial Selection Advisory Commission; Municipal Property Corporation Board; Personnel Appeals Board; Planning & Zoning Commission; and Tourism Advisory Commission.