Joe Pizzillo

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Incumbent

Background

Joe Pizzillo received a degree in business from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Pizzillo has lived in the area since 1986 [1].

Pizzillo worked on state and local government budgets for 30 years, and retired as Goodyear’s budget manager in 2008. He teaches accounting and finance as an adjunct professor at Estrella Mountain Community College, Grand Canyon University, and Park University. In 2009, Pizzillo was elected to a four-year term as a council member in 2009, and was selected as acting mayor from November 2010 to March 2011. He was re-elected in 2013 and 2017, and has served as mayor since December 2021 [3].

Pizzillo serves on the Board of Directors of Southwest Lending Closet, a medical equipment supplier. He previously was on the Board of Directors of Valley Metro and the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association [3].

Key Issues

Economy

Pizzillo hopes to increase economic growth in the city. He advocates for growth in restaurants and jobs in the city [4]. Pizzillo’s goals include increasing the amount of high-paying, quality jobs for Goodyear residents. Under Pizzillo’s time on city council in 2021, the city added 2,600 jobs. He also wants to increase retail and entertainment within Goodyear. Pizzillo wants to develop the Goodyear Civic Square to create an area for businesses to have locations in Goodyear [6].

Budget

Pizzillo hopes to ensure that the city remains cost-effective in its dissemination of services. Pizzillo supports conservative fiscal policy, the creation of savings funds for bond debt repayment, and privately funded projects [3].

Public Safety

Pizzillo hopes to provide the police and fire departments with more equipment and training. Specifically, his goal is to improve response times [6].

Endorsements

The Professional Arizona Firefighters and Fraternal Order of Police; West & Southeast Realtors of the Valley; Georgia Lord, Former Mayor; Brannon Hampton, Vice Mayor; Sheri Lauritano, Councilmember; Bill Stipp, Councilmember; Wally Campbell, Councilmember; Laura Kaino, Councilmember

Sources

1 City of Goodyear 
2 City News 
3 Joe Pizzillo
4 AZ Central
5 LinkedIn 
6 Youtube Video