Surprise City Council, Police Chief Benny Piña and Judge Dominguez.

September 2021 • Newsletter

I want to give a big shout-out to all the great folks here in the City of Surprise. Let me start by apologizing to all of you who read my newsletter for being a little late this month. We are starting to get back to normal, and things are getting busier after the summer break. August began with a bang and found me on August 5 at a Surprise Police Department retirement celebration honoring Lieutenant John Bacon, held in the Council Chambers.

On August 10 at 12:30 p.m., the Mayor and I had lunch at Babbos, in District 1, which has a great lunch menu. The Mayor meets with each Council Member at a restaurant in their district monthly to catch up on what is happening across the City of Surprise. Friday, August 13, I had my AZ Traditions Chat held at The Retreat at AZ Traditions at 7:00 p.m., which had a good turnout.

On Tuesday, August 17, we had our workshop at 4 p.m. and the City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. with a full agenda. That same evening the Official Oath of Office was issued to the City’s new police chief, Benny Piña, by Judge Dominguez. He previously served as the deputy police chief in Peoria since 2014. Before that, he served 25 years with the Phoenix Police Department.

The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 6 p.m.

Surprise City Council, Police Chief Benny Piña and Judge Dominguez.

On Thursday, August 19, we met to congratulate Terry Young on his retirement at a gathering attended by many Surprise employees who were there to see him off. Terry Young was our Assistant City Manager for a short time. Best of luck to you, Terry.

Surprise City Council and former Assistant City Manager, Terry Young.

The same day, I had my Valley Metro meeting, but we are still doing them via Zoom, so I attended from my office at City Hall, but I guess that’s better than going to Phoenix.

Wednesday, August 25, we welcomed Crumbl Cookies to Surprise at their official ribbon cutting. Crumbl Cookies is located at 13983 W. Waddell Road, Suite 100. Congratulations to owners Jason and Lindsey Armstrong. We wish you the best of luck here in Surprise.

Below are some upcoming events happening here in Surprise are:

  • September 11, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    9-11 Remembrance Ceremony in the City Hall outdoor courtyard.
  • September 19, from 3-7 p.m.
    Sunday in the Park at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue, Surprise.
  • October 8, from 7-8:30 p.m.
    D1 AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat, 18250 W. Weatherby Drive, Surprise.
  • October 9, from 5-10 p.m.
    8th Annual Fiesta Grande at Villanueva Recreation Complex, 15660 N. Hollyhock Street.

So as you can see, we are getting busy and back to order. I’ll sign off for now, so be good to yourself and be good to each other.

Take care,

Roland F. Winters Jr.