Scottsdale welcomed its first new mayor in 12 years today, when David D. Ortega was sworn-in and took office. He was joined by three new City Council members, who all earned their seats at the Nov. 3 General Election.
Mayor Ortega is a registered architect who designed many landmark buildings in Old Town Scottsdale. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and was an apprentice architect to Bennie Gonzales, FAIA, the award-winning designer of Scottsdale City Hall, Civic Center Library and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Councilwoman Tammy Caputi has lived and worked in Scottsdale for over 20 years. She is the president and owner of Yale Electric West, Inc., a company she founded in Scottsdale in 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and a Masters in Business Administration from Simmons University in Boston.
Councilmember Tom Durham grew up in a small town in Iowa and attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in 1977, with majors in philosophy and history. After graduating from Cornell College, he attended New York University Law School in New York City, and then went on to join the Mayer Brown law firm in Chicago where he specialized in tax law.
Councilwoman Betty Janik was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Illinois Chicago, where she was one of only three women in a class of 65 people in the chemistry curriculum. After college she worked as a research scientist at GD Searle, one of the premiere pharmaceutical companies of the era. After taking time off to start a family, she spent nearly 10 years teaching math and science at the middle- and high-school levels.
Scottsdale's newly-elected officials join incumbents Kathy Littlefield, Linda Milhaven and Solange Whitehead on the City Council.
Learn more about the Scottsdale City Council and each council member here.