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Posted on: May 18, 2022

New Councilmembers Named

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Two people have been appointed to the Apache Junction City Council to fill vacancies created earlier this year.

The five sitting members of the city council on Tuesday night appointed Peter Heck and Bambi Johnson to fill the vacant seats. The vacancies were created after two councilmembers resigned to run for other elected offices.

Heck has servpetered on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission for eight years, the last two as chairman and vice chair the previous three years. Heck has a history of engagement in the city. Heck spent six years on the board of the directors of the Apache Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, two years on the board of the local Boys and Girls Club chapter and continues to volunteer with the Apache Junction Mounted Rangers. An 11-year resident of Apache Junction, Heck was the executive director of the Brookdale Senior Living facility in Apache Junction for 11 years before taking over as executive director of the Las Palomas Senior Living facility in Mesa in 2018. He has more than 30 years experience in retirement community operations.

“This is a very exciting time for the city and I desire very much to be a part of the growth and development of the city moving forward,” Heck said in his application for the council appointment. “I am an objective listener and am not predisposed to making a decision prior to hearing all evidence in an issue. I believe I can make a tangible contribution as a member of City Council.”

Johnson, a long time resident and veteran advocate, currently sits on the city’s Municipal Property Corp. and the Industrial Development Authority. JBambiohnson has been involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters in Apache Junction.

“Apache Junction has been my home since moving to Arizona 22 years ago,” Johnson said in her application. “I moved here from a town in Pennsylvania which was about the same size with a common ‘Home Town’ feel. I would like to be more involved with helping our city's future growth while retaining the special nuances that make our city so special.”

Fifteen people applied for the vacant position and 13 were interviewed during Monday’s regular council work session meeting. Two applicants failed to appear on Monday during interviews.

The council chose the appointees during Tuesday night’s regular meeting. They were sworn in at the end of the meeting to begin serving in their new positions. The next scheduled council meetings are June 6 and 7.

Heck will serve the balance of a four-year term, until Jan. 7, 2025. Johnson will serve until the position is filled at the next regularly scheduled election which would be on Aug. 2, or if there is no outright winner at this election or at the next regularly scheduled election, until term ending Jan. 7, 2025.

The vacancies were created by former councilmembers Braden Biggs and Kelly Gremmel, who both stepped down to run for different offices. They were elected in November 2020 and began their terms in January 2021.

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