29-Year City of Tempe employee Jennifer Adams recently retired from service to Tempe and has announced she will run for Tempe City Council. Jennifer is a fiscally responsible candidate who will focus on empowering neighborhoods, supporting a strong infrastructure, and ensuring safety and opportunity for Tempe’s communities and small businesses. Coming from a service –oriented family, she knows what it means to serve her community and lead responsibly.
Jennifer grew up in a rural Midwest town, raised by her medical doctor father, frequently called out to deliver babies or operate on someone in need. At an early age, his work ethic taught Jennifer the importance of caring for others as well as the value of hard work. After her father retired, he was elected mayor of their community, and Jennifer witnessed how her father’s decisions and the local government’s actions affected the community. Her family spent winters in Arizona, and in 1987, Jennifer moved to Arizona and started her career at the City of Tempe as a second-year Master’s student in Social Work at Arizona State University.
Jennifer was hired shortly after graduation as a youth and family counselor in Tempe’s Community Services Department. In this capacity, Jennifer served as leader of the Critical Incident Management Team for the Tempe Fire and Tempe Police Departments where she debriefed firefighters and police officers after they responded to devastating calls.
Jennifer is proud to say she researched and developed the 311 Call Center- “One call to City Hall” – which has streamlined Tempe citizens’ access to local leadership. Most recently, she managed a $7.5 million operating budget, up to $5 million of construction projects each year, and close to 60 employees. Jennifer is known as a mediator, team builder and an effective, positive manager.
With a background of handling multi-million dollar City of Tempe budgets, Jennifer will truly contribute to a better community through maximizing scarce resources. Neighborhood decision making is another area where she will concentrate, bringing community voices into the discussion in a more productive way as Tempe seeks long-term solutions for transportation and transit, parks and recreation, and development projects in its Town Lake and downtown sectors. As a professional advocate, her skills and voice will assist in bringing consensus to these and many other issues.
In addition to her dedicated career with Tempe, Jennifer Adams is one of only two women to have served as president of the Arizona Public Works Association (APWA). She went on to found the National Committee for Women in Public Works, which recognizes women in the male-dominated profession of Public Works. Jennifer has also served on the Center for Sustainability, a committee of 10 appointed members from the US and Canada.
Jennifer believes Tempe is the best place to live, work, play, learn, and we should all Celebrate Tempe! That is why she and her family – including their two horses and three cats – call Tempe their home.
To hear more about Jennifer and her campaign, join her Thursday, October 5, at Flanny’s Bar & Grill, located at 1805 E Elliot Rd #104, Tempe, AZ 85284, for her campaign kick-off party from 6-8pm. You can also keep up with her on Facebook or visit her website at AdamsforTempe.com to learn more, volunteer, and donate.