The mayor is learning how to be a judge as he counts down his final few days as
"I'll be doing training (this) week for my new gig, so we'll roll right into it," Tibshraeny said.
The "new gig" is justice of the peace for the
In his new role, Tibshraeny will deal with matters such as orders of protection, small claims court matters, civil suits of
But first, he has to learn with a handful of other new justices among the 26 districts in
"Everything has a routine," Tibshraeny said. "They're training us new ones all of the specifics and nuances of running your court and hearing the different kinds of cases and how to do that. There's a way to do things, so I'm going to learn that.
"I haven't been doing that, but I'll pick it up pretty quick."
If his judicial career is as successful as his lawmaking career, it's a good bet he will.
Tibshraeny is leaving
Over that time
"We have the moniker the 'Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest," Tibshraeny likes to brag.
That's not even mentioning recent developments -- such as the
"2018 was a really good year for
This month, however, the mayor will hit the pause button on a three-decade career serving the area either as mayor, on the
Plus, the new job will also give Tibshraeny a hat trick of experience in government, having served in executive, legislative and now judicial roles.
Tibshraeny talked about his decades serving
"I never dreamed I'd be a seven-term mayor when I first ran for council," Tibshraeny said about the first election he entered in 1986. "I didn't quite know at that time what a quite fantastic ride it would be. But three decades later it's been a great thing for me to have in my life. I'm very blessed."
He was named after his late Lebanese father, whom he calls one of the two people who inspired him most, along with his mother. The family lived in what was then a farming community, when the population was just a few thousand, not hundreds of thousands.
A family member who helped develop some of
He graduated from
After graduation, Tibshraeny worked for about a decade in the family's construction business,
Because of his work with the family business, he was recommended to sit on the
"There was no grand plan to run for council," Tibshraeny said. "There was an opportunity and a couple of people on council encouraged me to run. I think they liked my work on P&Z. There was no long, planned out thing. It just kind of happened."
Tibshraeny won that first election with more votes than anybody, including
"In those early years, one of the first things that I kind of took charge of was the city finances," Tibshraeny said. "Because at the time, the finances were not real strong. Taking the lead in those in the late '80s, early '90s made sure
After four years on the council, he was elected vice mayor in 1990, serving under
Four years later, Tibshraeny was the only candidate to replace Payne as mayor, becoming the city's youngest mayor ever at 39 and earning the nickname "the Boy Mayor."
He was re-elected to two-year terms three more times before reaching the maximum of eight years in 2002. Eight years is the same term limit as now, but
Either way, Tibshraeny was termed out by then and needed a new challenge.
That's when state government came calling. Voters in a newly created
He stayed active in
"At the time Motorola was closing and there was a lot of pressure for all the ground around it to go to residential," Tibshraeny said. "I was a loud voice on saying, 'No, that needs to be our premiere Price Corridor.' I've taken a lot of pride when I was on council and mayor the first time to keep the Price Corridor preserved for industrial and commercial and business and not apartment and houses."
He won re-election for his
However, with then-
As he looks back on all the ups and downs of the last 30 years --
"All-State was a really good get for
Tibshraeny said he's also proud of his close involvement with neighborhood groups, including instituting a "Neighborhood Connect" program and the Mayor's Listening Tour series.
"We have a lot of new neighborhoods in
The "Neighborhood Connect" program gives residents a way to communicate with
"One of the first thing I did when I came back was get into one of the neighborhoods in
About 50 to 70 people would attend an average meeting. Tibshraeny would usually bring a guest, such as the police chief, to tell them what is going on in their neighborhoods.
"It was a good two-way dialogue and then we could follow up where need be," Tibshraeny said. "That was just another way to get out and place that mayor stamp of importance on this by being there and participating with them."
In general, the technological improvements in communication comprise the biggest change Tibshraeny lived through during his time serving
"When I first got on council there was no email," Tibshraeny said. "There were just letters. Now 99 percent of our communication from our constituents alone comes through email. You shoot me an email, I can shoot you an email right back."
Tibshraeny also served at the beginning of the Twitter Revolution. He actively posts city happenings and announcements, but also leaves some room for fun fare like sports predictions and trivia, or even happy birthday shout outs, like the one to rocker
"I enjoy it and it's a good way to communicate with followers," Tibshraeny said. "I try to do about 80 percent city stuff. But there's more to me than just my mayor's job. I am a person with a lot of varied interests."
That includes sports. Tibshraeny said he's a fan of all the local sports teams and the
He's basically a homer at heart and admits he would have run for mayor again had he been allowed to.
"I love the job," he said. "It's something I enjoy doing -- working hard and moving
Tibshraeny could have run for a
"I think I'll run for something at some point in the future," Tibshraeny said. "I think I have one more. I'm not sure what that will be at this time. I think it'll be something on the state level."
One thing he's ruled out is attempting to take his mayor position back again for a third time because of his long working relationship with Mayor-elect
"The new incoming mayor is a friend of mine and somebody I've worked closely with," Tibshraeny said.
The two are the longest-tenured members of the
"At least I'll be continuing my service, but I'll certainly miss serving as mayor," Tibshraeny said.
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