Scottsdale Seeks Civic-Minded Residents for City Boards and Commissions
The city of Scottsdale is calling on its residents to actively participate in shaping their community by applying for open positions on various city boards and commissions. These opportunities, available in early 2024, offer a chance for residents to directly contribute to important city decisions.

There are several key openings across a range of boards and commissions, including:
• Airport Advisory Commission (one opening)
• Board of Adjustment (one opening)
• Environmental Advisory Commission (one opening)
• Historic Preservation Commission (one opening)
• Industrial Development Authority (one opening)
• McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission (two openings)
• Parks and Recreation Commission (two openings)
• Tourism Development Commission (one opening for a Scottsdale Hotelier and one for an Industry Representative)

The application process is now open, with a deadline of Friday, Jan. 26. Once submitted, applications will remain valid for one year. The Scottsdale City Council will review the applications and nominate candidates from this pool in February. Selected candidates will then undergo interviews, with appointments scheduled for March.

All appointed members to the boards and commissions are required to adhere to the city’s Ethics Code. They must also attend a training session before officially commencing their terms. This initiative presents a unique opportunity for Scottsdale residents to engage in civic leadership and institute positive changes within their community.

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Scottsdale Police Department Achieves 10th Consecutive International Reaccreditation
Demonstrating commitment to law enforcement standards, the Scottsdale Police Department has achieved its 10th consecutive international reaccreditation.

Annually, the Scottsdale Police Department voluntarily engages in a stringent review process, carefully evaluating its policies and procedures against over 460 standards set by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This process includes an in-depth department-wide assessment, encompassing interviews with city leadership and members of the community. This thorough review occurs every four years and is conducted by external assessment teams, ensuring objectivity and transparency.

The department’s successful compliance with these rigorous standards emphasizes its commitment to upholding internationally accepted practices in law enforcement. The Scottsdale Police Department stands among the elite, as fewer than 800 of nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States have achieved this prestigious accreditation.

Scottsdale Public Library Launches MAX to Expand Access to County-Wide Book Collections
The Scottsdale Public Library has introduced a new service, MAX, to enhance the borrowing experience for its patrons. This collection-sharing service, part of a pilot program in partnership with the Maricopa County Library District, expands access to books across the greater Phoenix area.

MAX, a consortia of Maricopa County library systems, allows Scottsdale library cardholders to tap into a broader range of titles beyond the local collection. If a desired book is not available in Scottsdale but is found in another MAX library, patrons can easily place a hold using their library card. The requested title will then be sent to their preferred Scottsdale library branch for pickup. Most items from MAX can be borrowed and returned just like regular Scottsdale library items.

The service initially focuses on book-sharing and allows patrons to have up to five requests at any given time. This limit includes both titles awaiting arrival and those currently checked out through MAX. Unlike regular Scottsdale library items, MAX books do not qualify for auto-renewal and are only available for a three-week loan period.

In the event of encountering an error message while placing a request, it’s likely due to all copies being checked out from participating libraries. Patrons are encouraged to check back later for availability. If a MAX hold is not found on the hold pick-up shelf, patrons should inquire at the customer service desk, as some items require staff assistance for checkout and return.

For any lost or damaged MAX items, a flat fee of $20 will be charged. Patrons will be notified via email when their MAX request is ready for pickup, and they can also monitor the status of their requests by checking their account online.

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