Scottsdale Update - March 9, 2021


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.  

Remember, a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing, cover your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently. Find downloadable graphics for social media and request a poster pack for your business or organization.  

Governor lifts occupancy limitations on businesses. Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Friday that immediately rescinds occupancy limitations in restaurants, gyms, theaters, water parks, bowling alleys and bars providing dine-in services. Requirements for masks and six-foot social distancing remain in place. Read the executive order here. Special event guidance, both private and public, remains the same under the previous executive order.

The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.  

Follow us on Twitter @ScottsdaleAZgov and Facebook for city COVID-19 updates and other city information.

The city Call Center is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.

Visit to access city services online.


Walther named to lead Scottsdale Police Department moving forward. Scottsdale City Manager Jim Thompson has named Jeff Walther as Scottsdale police chief. Walther, a former Scottsdale assistant chief, came out of retirement to lead the department on an interim basis after Chief Alan Rodbell retired in November. At the time, Walther’s service was expected to be temporary, but City Manager Thompson soon realized that the 24-year Scottsdale police veteran was the right person to lead the department permanently. 

Walther began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer in the Scottsdale Police Department in 1994. During his 24-year career, he served Scottsdale as a detective and as SWAT officer before moving into leadership positions in patrol, investigations, and training. He served as the McKellips District Commander, the Downtown District Commander, and finally as assistant chief over the Uniformed Services Bureau where he oversaw all patrol operations and the Special Operations Division. 

Spirit of Scottsdale award winners showcase community soul. The Spirit of Scottsdale awards, sponsored by the city’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, recognize people and places that embody the spirit of our community by preserving, improving and strengthening neighborhoods. Here’s one such resident … meet Dana Close who earned the 2020 Individual Award. Neighbors describe her as a beacon of light and hope for their south Scottsdale Hacienda del Ray neighborhood. The area was in need of a facelift. Dana got busy by joining her homeowners association and regularly attending City Council meetings. Thanks in part to her efforts, the City Council prioritized the redevelopment of the McDowell Road Corridor. To showcase the improved neighborhood, Dana created annual Scottsdale Home Tour events. Her efforts changed the way people thought and talked about south Scottsdale. Find out about the other winners.   

Seasonal “Shred It” events resume. Protect your identity by bringing your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" events. They run from 7-10 a.m. Saturdays, March 13, April 10 and May 8, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box.   

Attend a virtual General Plan open house Monday, March 15. The city will host a series of virtual open houses about the draft General Plan 2035 via Zoom. Each open house will include a brief presentation about the General Plan, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions as well as provide public comment on the draft plan. There are three different time slots available for the Monday open houses – pick the time that works best for you. 

Register for the virtual open houses and learn about other public input opportunities for the General Plan update here.  

On your time, at your convenience: Learn about and comment on the 70th Street Neighborhood Bikeway Study. As part of the city’s effort to provide a comfortable and connected bicycle network, Scottsdale Transportation is conducting a Neighborhood Bikeway Study. The area encompasses the 70th Street between Continental Drive/Roosevelt Street to the south and Second Street to the north. This 2.5-mile corridor will connect the Scottsdale/Tempe boundary to Old Town Scottsdale, connect the corridor to nearby biking routes and serve neighborhoods along 70th Street. Feedback gathered from the first open house will be shared at this open house. Participate and learn more online.  

This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list

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