For 35 years, since moving to Scottsdale, Mayor Manross has held leadership positions in city government and community, educational and church organizations. Among her primary areas of interest and concern have been neighborhood and downtown revitalization, public safety, preservation of the McDowell Mountains and Sonoran Desert, transportation, building a sustainable future and enhancing our wonderful quality of life.
Mary Manross has been Mayor of Scottsdale since June 2000. Manross, backed by the Scottsdale Area Chamber, Police Officers of Scottsdale, Sierra Club, U.S. Senator John McCain, Jackie Drinkwater, COPP, Bridle and Bit and others, was re-elected by a landslide with over 66% of the vote in 2004. Previously, she served two 4-year terms as a City Councilwoman from 1992 to 2000. Prior to serving as an elected official, Mayor Manross served 8 years on the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Commission and 4 years on the Planning and Zoning Commission. In the early 1980s she was Vice Chair of the Scottsdale Bond Committee and in 1994 she teamed up with Sen. Barry Goldwater to help pass the landmark cigarette excise tax initiative to provide medical care for the poor.
In June 2007 Mary received national attention as the recipient of the Mayor's Award for Energy Efficiency presented by the Energy Efficiency Council at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Other Awards include being honored by the Phoenix Business Journal for her contributions to the City of Scottsdale and The State of Arizona, honored by Scottsdale School Superintendent John Baracy as "Mayor Manross is a Champion for our Children", being named "Preserve Champion" in a joint ceremony by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the