New Prescott Mayor Shares His Story

by Phil Goode, Mayor, Prescott, AZ

I would like to introduce myself to those not familiar with me.

First, congratulations to my new council members, including Brandon Montoya, Eric Moore and Jessica Hall. I look forward to working with each of them, as well as our incumbent council members.

I was born and raised in Sacramento, California. I enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 1970, serving a full combat tour with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. I received the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal (for over 50 helicopter combat assaults), Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal and others.

After serving seven years of active and reserve duty, I was honorably discharged in 1977. During that period, I earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Sacramento State University. I then embarked on a 35-year career in the health care industry reaching vice president positions with Medline Industries and Careview Communications and holding management positions with Kinetic Concepts Inc. and Applied Medical.

I am a 31-year member of the American Legion (Post 6, Prescott) and life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 541, Prescott). I co-chaired the Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee, which in June 2016 rededicated that memorial on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza to the fallen county veterans who lost their lives serving in all of the nation’s wars beginning with WWI.

I was elected to the board of directors of the Central Yavapai Hospital District in 2016. I served as a commissioner on Prescott’s Planning and Zoning Commission and was co-chairman of Mayor Harry Oberg’s Ad Hoc Committee on Sober Living Rehab Homes.

In 2017, I was elected to the Prescott City Council. I became Mayor November 23, 2021.

I serve on the board of directors of the Yavapai Republican Men’s Forum and was recently Vice Chairman of the Yavapai County Republican Committee. I have been a member of Prescott’s Sunup Rotary Club since 2015. I served on the Yavapai County Teacher of the Year panel and was a member of the Prescott BASIS School Advisory Council. I am a long-term member of the Public Policy committee for the Citizens Water Advocacy Group and the Citizens Tax Committee.

My focus is managing growth, infrastructure and water use.

I appreciate all your voting support. I hope our citizens will enjoy everything that Arizona’s Christmas City has to offer this season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!