Elaine Scruggs

Born:January 1, 2001 (age 18)
Career:Mayor of Glendale, Arizona, 1993 -2013

Elaine Scruggs assumed the office of mayor of Glendale, Arizona, in February 1993, serving until 2013.

Prior to her service as mayor, she was a member and past chair of the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) Board of Directors, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, and MAG Transportation Policy Committee. She has also served as president of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and a past chair and former member of Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA).

As mayor of Glendale, which is home to Luke Air Force Base, Scruggs was selected to serve on the 15-member Arizona Military Affairs Commission, which evaluates and authorizes projects that sustain the missions of Arizona's military facilities.

Scruggs has also worked to foster the positive development of youth. She actively participates in her Mayor's Youth Advisory Commission. Through Scruggs' efforts, Glendale was named the first "Kids at Hope" city in the United States.

Fostering leadership is also of great personal interest to Scruggs. Her desire for a program that would reinvigorate the public's civic participation and their sense of ownership of local government led to the creation of Glendale University in 1997. Since the program's inception, over 770 Glendale residents have "graduated" from Glendale University to become community leaders through service to non-profit organizations, appointment to municipal commissions and election to the city council.

Scruggs has also enjoyed a successful business career marked with highly specialized management assignments within the communications industry. The National Association of Women Business Owners has recognized her for her support of small business endeavors. She has also been honored as one of Today's Arizona Woman Magazine's Top 100, and in 2003, she accepted their Woman of the Year award.

After serving seven terms as mayor, she did not seek reelection in 2012.