Photo courtesy of city of Chandler

The Chandler City Council voted during its January 11 meeting to elect Councilmember O.D. Harris as the city’s new vice mayor. Harris will serve in the position through January 9, 2025.

“Our community is at the heart of everything that I do – it’s why I ran for council in the first place,” says Harris. “I thank my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to further serve in this capacity and I am looking forward to the year ahead.”

A U.S. Army Veteran, entrepreneur, and business owner, Vice Mayor Harris began his first term on the city council in January 2021. Harris has been committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming Chandler for all residents. He prioritizes mental health programming and partnerships, recognizing the vital role it plays in the wellbeing of the community.

In addition to his civic duties, Harris is a best-selling author and the founder of the national Ready Set Go Foundation, which empowers young people to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential.

Harris currently represents Chandler on the local, regional, and national level, including the Institute for Building Technology and Safety Board of Directors; Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors; Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority Board of Directors; La Frontera Arizona and EMPACT-SPC Governing Board; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona; Black Philanthropy Initiative; Chandler Community Safety Subcommittee; Chandler Connectivity Subcommittee; and Chandler Quality of Life Subcommittee.