District 6 Councilman Sal DiCiccio Profile

Councilman Sal DiCiccio photograph

Sal DiCiccio has represented District 6 on the Phoenix City Council since 2009, and was handily re-elected in 2013.  He was previously elected to serve on the Council in 1994 and again in 1998.

Councilman DiCiccio has a demonstrated willingness to listen and forge creative solutions for all Phoenix residents.  His primary goal is to prepare Phoenix, through government reform, to compete in a global economy.  Fiscal accountability, job creation, and protecting neighborhoods are the Councilman's top 3 priorities



​Creating Jobs

Councilman DiCiccio chaired a 125 person committee that created the model cited as best in the nation for job creation:

  • Online permitting/plan review
  • 24 hour permitting
  • 24 hour inspection
  • ​1, 5, and 21 day site plan approval
  • Reforms resulted in National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)  naming Phoenix one of the top 5 cities to start a new business

Protecting Families: Making Phoenix the Best in the Nation in Ending Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Violence Roadmap: Teamed with Councilmembers Nowakowski and Williams to make Phoenix the best in the nation in responding to, preventing, and ending domestic violence. Called on Council and city staff to prepare a comprehensive plan of policies and actions to raise public awareness, support prevention and law enforcement efforts, and assist victims leaving abusive situations. Implementation of the multi-year Domestic Violence Roadmap has already included: 
    • An Order of Protection pilot program to remove victims from harm's way without the victim having to be present when the order is served. 
    • Improved and dtreamlined police evidence collection in strangulation cases. 
    • Partnerships with other governments and nonprofit organizations to coordinate resources.
  • Self-Defense Training: ​Hosted a domestic violence prevention training event that included self-defense classes, legal support, and community connections for participants. Donations by participants supported the National Advocacy and Training Network, a local nonprofit assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence.


Fiscal Accountability

  • Cut $89 million in government waste
  • Led effort resulting in food tax cut of 50%
  • Led fight to prevent water and sewer rate increases 3 years in a row
  • ​Stopped numerous property tax and fee increases


Awards

  • American Society for Public Administration - Arizona Chapter: 1999 Superior Service Award - Team Award
  • ​Americans for Prosperity - Arizona: 2013 John W. Dawson Local Hero Award ​​
    • ​Received this award for his tireless efforts to fight excessive taxation and reform the City's pension practices.​
  • ​Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce: 2015 Sentinel Award ​​​
    • ​Sentinel Award honors elected officials for their outstanding legislative and regulatory work on behalf of Arizona businesses.

Personal History

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he is the eldest of three sons born to Italian immigrants Paul and Nicolina DiCiccio.  The DiCiccios' pursuit of the American Dream began in Youngstown in the late 1950's where they settled in an Italian borough among whose population were many family and friends. ​Seeking further opportunity, the DiCiccio family moved to Phoenix in 1962 where his father worked as a laborer and his mother as a seamstress.  One of DiCiccio's early memories upon relocating to Phoenix was finding himself surrounded by people speaking a foreign language - which he later discovered was English.  Years later, he asked his father why the family relocated to a place where they didn't know anyone.  His father responded that "I brought you here because I want you to be an American first." DiCiccio attended Tempe High School where he formed an interest in politics and government when attending a class taught by Harry Mitchell, who later served as the mayor of Tempe and then a Congressman. DiCiccio went on to earn a Business degree from Arizona State University, and worked for Congressman John J. Rhodes and Senator John McCain. Sal DiCiccio is proud of his country and his heritage, and strives to apply the example of his parents, and the American Dream, to his work at the City of Phoenix every day. DiCiccio and his wife Debbie are proud parents to twin daughters, Anna and Emilia.


Read Councilman Sal DiCiccio's 2010 Inaugural Address​​