Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney has been hospitalized for a lung infection unrelated to COVID-19, according to a press release.
He is said to be making progress and appreciates the well wishes from the community. During this time, Vice Mayor Jeff Brown is assisting with mayoral duties.
According to the town’s website, Barney was appointed to fill a vacancy on the town council in January 2002 and has served as mayor since he was elected in June 2010. He served on the Planning & Zoning Commission from 1998 to 2002. Barney is not running for reelection.
Barney represents Queen Creek on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council and Transportation Policy Committee and serves on the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors, the Maricopa/Pinal Gateway Alliance, the Arizona Municipal Tax Code Commission, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee, and represents the town council on the Queen Creek Public Safety Retirement Boards for Fire and Police.
Current Queen Creek Council Member Julia Wheatley is the only candidate who has filed to run for mayor. This virtually ensures that she will be the new mayor of Queen Creek starting next year.
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