CHANDLER, Ariz. — January 26, 2018 — Arizona native and longtime public servant, Dr. William “Bill” Crawford has officially kicked off his election campaign for the Chandler City Council. Crawford and his wife, Diana, have been residents of Chandler since 1998.
“Public service has been my life and I’m ready to serve the citizens of Chandler in a new role,” said Crawford. This past December, Crawford retired from his position as Vice President at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC). During his time at CGCC, he held a variety of positions including Associate Dean, Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Career and Technical Education. Crawford is currently an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University, where he teaches both justice studies and education classes.
Before the Maricopa Community College District, Crawford was had a distinguished career with the Phoenix Police Department for 23 years and served another 10 years as a volunteer reserve officer.
Crawford is actively engaged in serving the citizens of Chandler as the Chair of the Chandler Merit Board and as a member of the Chandler Police and Fire Pension Boards. Additionally, he serves on a number of community organizations including Chairman of the Si Se Puede Foundation’s Board of Directors, President of the Arizona Justice Educators Association’s Board of Directors, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chandler Men of Action.
Crawford has outlined three primary areas of focus: public safety, education and economic development.
With his experience in public safety at his core, Crawford knows first-hand how important safe neighborhoods are to the cornerstone of a community’s growth and prosperity. He is committed to helping public safety and first responder agencies have the tools and resources they need to decrease response times, reduce crime rates and enhance communications with citizens.
“It is important that our first responders have the staffing and resources they need to serve our citizens, said Dr. Crawford. “When there is an emergency and our citizens call for assistance, it is critical that first responders be able to answer efficiently and timely.”
“We must do better job in ensuring that our children receive an outstanding education, which begins at the primary level and continues through higher education, continued Crawford. “Our children are our future and it is incumbent upon each of us to make sure our schools have the resources needed to help students be successful. Education is one of my passions and I am committed to working collaboratively with the education system to make sure we are serving the students, parents and residents of Chandler. Additionally, we need to focus on preparing our children for the jobs of the 21st century. It is an ever-changing workforce that they will be entering into one day.”
Recently, WalletHub named Chandler the “Best City to Find a Job.” WalletHub’s ranking was based upon more than 20 indicators including job opportunities, employment growth and monthly average starting salary. “We want to continue to be the place for employers and employees to thrive by providing a strong employment base that supports economic and business development,” said Crawford.
Over the next several months, the Crawford for Chandler team of supporters and volunteers will be working diligently to connect with residents throughout the city. To learn more about Crawford, please visit CrawfordforChandler.com.