City of Phoenix

City Council District 3

Vice Mayor Debra Stark


200 W. Washington St., 11th Floor

Phoenix, Arizona 85003

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Councilwoman Debra Stark’s Statement on the Passing of Former Councilwoman Thelda Williams Council District 311/15/2023 7:00:00 AM Debra Stark’s Statement on the Passing of Former Councilwoman Thelda Williams<div class="ExternalClass626C2F951F3E42B29AB4E11344BB17D8"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Thelda Williams was a dear friend and colleague. I am deeply saddened about her passing, as she impacted so many lives, including my own. She was an ally on the Council, but also a force to be reckoned with. I take solace in knowing she lived a full and accomplished life. Thelda was dedicated to her constituents and to improving the lives of Phoenicians. She was selected to be Interim Mayor three times—showing the confidence my Council colleagues and I had in her ability to lead and be fair. </span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">Thelda has lived a life of public service that I truly admire. Her legacy is one of public service. Thelda was an ardent supporter of law enforcement and public safety, a leader in transportation and infrastructure projects, and a champion for the redevelopment of Metro Center. Her big heart and advocacy also extended to animals—especially her four-legged friends. And anyone who knew Thelda knew her wit was as sharp as her fashion sense.</span> <br> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">We owe a debt of gratitude to Thelda for her many years of public service and contributions to the City of Phoenix. Thelda will be so missed.” </span> <br> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>MEDIA CONTACT:</strong> Cooper Payne, Public Information Officer, 602-329-2445</span> </div> </html></div>
Councilwoman Stark’s Statement on the Fatal Sunnyslope Shootings Council District 36/4/2022 6:30:00 PM Stark’s Statement on the Fatal Sunnyslope Shootings<div class="ExternalClass2A33E3D409064238BFFA7C3BCF0F0180"><html> <div> ​“The shooting of nine people that took the life of one person on Hatcher Road near 10th Avenue is deeply troubling and has shaken the Sunnyslope community. This violence has no place in our neighborhoods! Further troubling is an additional fatal shooting of a juvenile that happened not even a half mile away around the same time. It is not known if the incidents are related. Phoenix Police are actively investigating what led up to these shootings to bring anyone responsible to justice.” ​​​<br></div> </html></div>
Councilwoman Stark's Statement on Retirement of Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams Council District 35/3/2022 8:30:00 PM Stark's Statement on Retirement of Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams<div class="ExternalClass00D0B24FECD5478BBF4397FCD8304682"><html> <p>"Chief Jeri Williams has led the Phoenix Police Department with courage, dignity, and professionalism for the past six years, and she has devoted her entire 33-year career to public service. As the department’s first female police chief, she made history. But Chief Williams never rested on her laurels. The role of police chief comes with great responsibility, which Chief Williams understood and worked tirelessly to protect and serve the community she grew up in. She has also led the department through challenging times and reforms. I look forward to working with the next police chief to continue supporting our men and women in blue who protect our community. I wish Chief Williams a happy retirement and the best for her future."​<br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></html></div>