A changing of the guard took place within the Maricopa City Council Tuesday during the annual selection of the vice mayor.
The now former vice mayor, Marvin Brown, stepped aside during the council’s regular meeting while simultaneously nominating Councilmember Peggy Chapados to fill the position. She becomes the first female vice mayor of Maricopa.
During the meeting, Brown said he took pleasure in nominating someone whom seven years ago he himself appointed to the Parks, Recreation and Libraries board and now serves as “a trusted colleague” on council.
A native New Yorker who moved to Maricopa in 2006, Chapados said she is honored to have been nominated and to have the confidence of her fellow councilmembers.
“I am just excited to continue representing Maricopa as I have been for the past five years,” she said.
Chapados added she doesn’t have any plans of immediately running for another term upon the expiration of her current term in December 2018. However, she said, she may consider running in the future if the conditions are right.
For now, she said, she wants to finish what she’s started.
“I’m still involved in a lot of different committees and projects, so I want to make sure those get completed.”