Maricopa City Council members will fill a Planning and Zoning Commission vacancy during a meeting Tuesday.

Councilmember Amber Liermann nominated ten-year resident Robert Brems, the assistant director of special projects and strategic initiatives at the Arizona State University Police Department.

“I was blessed to have four very strong applicants for the position,” Liermann said. “Robert’s direct answers, long history here in Maricopa, professional experience and his vision for the future is what sealed my decision to appoint him.”

Brems previously worked as a special project coordinator and police aide for ASUPD. He is also pursuing a doctorate degree in leadership and innovation at the university.

In an email to InMaricopa, Brems noted these experiences provided him with a unique perspective for the role.

“The throughline of my career has been a commitment to public service and the important role that governance and policy play in shaping our communities,” he said. “My approach is anchored in data-driven decision-making, ensuring that every challenge and opportunity we face is informed by accurate information and serves the best interests of our community.”

In his application, Brems mentioned one of his main drives to serve on the zoning board is to advocate for families.

“I aim to bring the perspective of family-centric planning to the forefront, ensuring that today’s decisions resonate positively with the families of Maricopa, enhancing the quality of life for all residents now and for generations to come,” he wrote.

Robert Brems (center) stands with his wife and children for a photo while volunteering with Feed My Starving Children. [Courtesy Robert Brems]
Robert Brems (center) stands with his wife, Emily, and their children (James, Anna, Alex, Nate and Darcy) for a photo while volunteering with Feed My Starving Children. [Courtesy Robert Brems]
Former commissioner Rachel Leffall stepped down in September, citing a conflict of interest after accepting a position with the Maricopa Economic Development Alliance.

Other items on the council agenda Tuesday include an appointment for the Senior Advisory Committee and a public hearing on a land use assumptions and infrastructure improvements plan.