Scott Smith was elected as Mesa's 38th Mayor in May 2008. This was his first elected office and he served until 2014. He also srved as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2013-2014.
Mayor Smith hit the ground running and in his first two months tackled the proposed bond package and reduced its size by half. Six months later, November 2008, voters passed the package by a 2 to 1 margin. It was the first property tax passed by Mesa voters in over 40 years.
By this time Mayor Smith was making a name for Mesa and he was invited to participate on national panels and elected to national committees including the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program, National League of Cities and United States Conference of Mayors, the leading organization of 1,200 large cities.
He has also appeared as a guest on national broadcasts such as CNBC and CSPAN along with national publications.
As Mayor, Smith took a regional approach to decision making. “Lines on a map shouldn’t decide policy or project boundaries,” Smith said. “Decisions must be made on what is best for the region because what is best for the region is ultimately best for each city and its residents.” His regional focus was unique and made him a visible leader in the Valley.
Smith is currently the CEO of Valley Metro.