Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records:
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appoints five councilmen to serve Surprise until its first election can be held in April. Those appointed were William E. Williams, Harold P. Morgan, Don Blankenship, Richard E. Ring and Doyle S. Moore.
A recall election has picked a newly organized Surprise Town Council.
A new $15,200 Town Hall opens with a parade marking the town’s 12th anniversary.
The new $3.8 million Bell Road bridge over the Agua Fria river is dedicated. The previous one collapsed in a February 1980 flood.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office investigates charges from Councilman Larry George that former Mayor George Cumbie made physical threats and intimidated him.
City Manager Dick McComb retires on his 65th birthday after a decade leading the city.
Surprise human resources director Robert G. Morris III resigns after a series of personal misconduct complaints were made against him. The retired U.S. Army colonel had served in the post since 1997.