John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014.  Giles earned degrees from Brigham Young University in Political Science and Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for the past 20 years.

In 1996, Giles was elected to the Mesa City Council and from 1998 to 2000, he served as Vice Mayor.  After his service on the City Council, he remained active in the community and served on 25 boards and committees.  Giles has been very involved in interfaith relations throughout the Phoenix-metro area, including serving on the Board of the Arizona Interfaith Movement for the last 8 years. As Mayor, he serves on numerous local and regional boards and committees.

Born and raised in Mesa, he graduated from Westwood High School in 1978. Giles is an active marathoner and triathlete who has completed two full Ironman competitions. This year, he finished his 20th marathon and 4th Boston Marathon. In 2013, he was named “Mesa Man of the Year.” Giles and his wife Dawn have been married for more than thirty years. They have five children and three grandchildren.

Mayor Giles is committed to leading the way to build upon Mesa’s strengths through the following priorities:

  • Economic Development by creating new jobs through business attraction, expansion and retention; and improving business-friendly processes;
  • Education by working closely with community partners to facilitate quality education to help all students have the opportunity to succeed;
  • Community Livability by increasing “Fight Blight” practices and improving delivery of public services to Mesa residents;
  • Smart Growth by ensuring well-planned and thoughtful development;
  • Accessibility and Participation in City Government by continuously engaging residents in new and innovative ways.


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I'm an old Mesa guy. I love reminiscing about the small city I grew up in. We live in a different Mesa now. It's changed and I'm okay with that. The Mesa our children will inherit will be even more different from this one. It will be the one we plan and create today. I want us to continue to improve. I want us to step up to the next level as a community. I love and appreciate the Mesa of today but have a vision of where I want it to be. On another level, on another "mesa."

I plan to build the next Mesa through the following priorities:

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Community Livability
  • Smart Growth
  • Accessibility and Participation in City Government

The more people involved in moving Mesa to the next level, the better. To accomplish that, city government needs to interact and communicate with the people of Mesa in easier to use and better ways. To that end, we're going to place increased emphasis on social media. I invite everyone to follow the Mesa Mayor Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. Also, check for regular blog posts telling the stories of Mesa's interesting people and places.

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Mayor John Giles 

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City of Mesa
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211


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