Chandler City Council names René Lopez vice mayor

René Lopez will serve as the city's vice mayor in 2020. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
René Lopez will serve as the city's vice mayor in 2020. (Courtesy city of Chandler)

René Lopez will serve as the city's vice mayor in 2020. (Courtesy city of Chandler)

Chandler City Council voted unanimously Jan. 9 to elect René Lopez as the city's new vice mayor. Lopez will serve in the role for approximately one year.

"I look forward to the added responsibilities and I am thankful for the Mayor and my colleagues on the City Council for the opportunity to serve in this new capacity," Lopez said in a news release.

Lopez replaces Council Member Terry Roe, who served as vice mayor for one year.

Lopez has lived and worked in Chandler since 2007, according to the city. He began his first term on Chandler City Council in January 2015. He is a third-generation Arizona native, born and raised in the East Valley, and graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering with a minor in direct energy conversion. He also is a third-generation U.S. Navy veteran.

Lopez serves on two City Council subcommittees: the Communications and Public Affairs, Information Technology, Management Services and Facilities and Fleet Subcommittee; and the Airport, Development Services, and Public Works and Utilities and Transportation Policy Subcommittee. Lopez is also the chairman of the board of CeCe’s Hope Center, a nonprofit helping women rescued from sex trafficking.


His current term on the City Council expires in January 2023.


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