Alex Finter became Mayor of Mesa, the 3rd largest city in Arizona and 38th largest in America, in April of 2014 following the resignation of Mayor Scott Smith. Elected to represent District 2 on the Mesa City Council in June of 2008 and re-elected uncontested to a second term in August of 2012, Alex Finter was named Vice Mayor of Mesa in January of 2013. In the private-sector, Finter is a businessman and partner at Worldwide Investments LLC.
Mayor Finter has spent the majority of his career as a public servant, beginning in 1978 as a firefighter for the Scottsdale/Rural Metro Fire Department. In 1981 he joined the Mesa Fire Department, serving the city until 1999, with the final 11 years as a City of Mesa Fire Captain. During his time as Captain, Finter and his fellow crewmembers received several lifesaving awards and were recognized for acts of heroism.
As a Councilmember, Finter helped lead the largest reorganization of city government in Mesa’s history, reducing the budget nearly 20 percent, while simultaneously making the city more effective, efficient and business-friendly.
Recognizing that a strong higher education environment is crucial to producing much-needed high wage jobs, Finter along with the Mesa City Council recruited five liberal arts colleges making Mesa the newest “college town” in the West. All five institutions, which includes Arizona’s first Catholic college, join Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, Mesa Community College and Northern Arizona University’s Mesa Campus in transforming the educational landscape of the region. Three of the five new colleges are located downtown complimenting the light rail extension through the heart of Mesa.

Mayor Finter chairs the Read On Mesa initiative, a collaborative literacy project with the Mesa United Way and part of a larger Read On Arizona network committed to ensuring our children have the reading skills they need as they enter the fourth grade. As one of the first efforts in this initiative, Read On Mesa and the community are partnering to reduce summer learning loss for children in kindergarten with the 12 Books Program.  Working with Mesa Public Schools and other community stakeholders, Read On Mesa will provide twelve books each to students who normally would not have access to books in summer.
Mayor Finter is extremely active on numerous boards and committees. He represents Mesa on the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board where the City Council has focused its efforts to foster a thriving commercial airport serving more than 1.5 million passengers. Mayor Finter is also the Vice President of the Mesa Public Safety Foundation. See a full list of Mayor Finter’s participation on boards and committees.  
Finter is committed to keep Mesa’s positive momentum going forward during his term by building upon recent economic wins to attract businesses and jobs; strategic planning for the Falcon and Fiesta areas; tackling the city’s most pressing public safety issues; and ensuring continued wise fiscal policies in City operations.
Born and raised in Mesa, Mayor Finter and his wife, JoAn, have three children and three grandchildren.

Safe and Active Neighborhoods
    Building Strong Neighborhoods
    Mesa PD App


Economic Development
Falcon Strategic Visioning Commission
    Mesa H.E.A.T. Initiative for Economic Development - Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Tourism/Technology
    Power Knowledge Corridor
    StartUpMesa Small Business Assistance
        Get Your Business Online partnership with Google


    Mesa Counts on College
    Mesa Educates U Scholarships
    Mesa Center for Higher Education
    Read On Mesa


    Mayor's Youth Committee
    Mayor's Youth Summer of Service


Community Pride
    Cities of Service
    MyMesa App - Report a Problem
    Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service
    Love Your Block


Regional/National Leadership
   United States Conference of Mayors
   Maricopa Association of Governments
   League of Arizona Cities and Towns
   National League of Cities
   Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Board of Directors


Transparency and Civic Engagement
    iMesa - imagine, invest, improve...
    MyMesa App - Report a Problem
    State of the City Address
    Advisory Boards and Committees


    Mesa Vets Connect - Veterans' Resources
    Human Relations Advisory Board Veterans Task Force
    East Valley Veterans Parade

Mayor Finter

Office of the Mayor
City of Mesa
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211


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Mayor's staff:

Kathy Macdonald
Chief of Staff

Melissa Randazzo
Public Information

Misty Wells
Executive Assistant to the Mayor

This is My Mesa
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Scheduling Request Form
Proclamation Request Form

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