Our City Council

Mayor John S. Insalaco

  • Serving as Mayor since June 2007. Served on City Council from June 1997 to June 2001 and June 2003 to June 2007. Re-elected Mayor in March 2013 to serve a two year term starting in June, 2013.
  • Family: Married to Susan. They have three children and five grandchildren.
  • Work: Co-owner, Insalaco's Music and Upholstery since 1971. He retired in December 2011.
  • Associations: Knights of Columbus member; American Legion member; and Veterans of Foreign Wars member. Served on Globe School Board for nine years and was Citizen of the Year in 1972.

Vice-Mayor Robin Barker

  • Elected Vice Mayor in June of 2013.
  • Serving on City Council since June of 2007 (third term).
  • Previous service on City Council 1989-1997, serving as Vice Mayor 1993-1995.
  • Education: Master's Degree, Northern Arizona University; Bachelor's Degree, Arizona State University; Associate's Degree, Central Arizona College.
  • Family: Married to Ed. They have four children, nine grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.
  • Work: Retired English teacher for Mesa Public Schools and CAC, Reporter with the Apache Junction News .Previously worked at the Apache Junction Police Department.
  • Associations:
    • Vice Chair, MAG Domestic Violence Council
    • City Parks and Recreation volunteer
    • Board Member, MAG Regional
    • Chairperson/Past Vice-Chair, Pinal County Alliance
    • Board Member, Pinal Partnership
    • Member, Pinal County Domestic Violence Coalition
    • Chairperson, Apache Junction Focal Point Enhancement Project (2010- current)
    • Chairperson, Apache Junction Centennial Project (2012)
    • Soroptomist
    • Served on City Planning and Zoning Commission, 2003-2007
    • Assisted in establishing both the City Health and Human Services Commission and the City Citizen Leadership Institute.

Councilmember Jeff Serdy

  • Serving on City Council since June 2007
  • Family: Married to Svitlana, three grown children and 1 grandchild.
  • Work: Owner of AJI Sporting Goods since 1999. Previously worked in the gas and oil field industry and in wildlife management.
  • Associations: Apache Junction Little League coach, volunteer and manager; Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce member; Lifetime National Rifle Association member; Governor's Tourism Advisory Committee board member; Kiwanis; Superstition Horsemen's Association; Greater Phoenix Economic Council board member; Focal Point and Tourism Committee chairman; Dons Club of Arizona and founding member of Superstition Business Owner's Group.

Councilmember Chip Wilson

  • Serving on City Council since June 2007.
  • Family: Married to Peggy. They have two sons and three grandchildren.
  • Education: High school diploma, Spencerville, Ohio.
  • Work: Has worked for Boeing since 1997.
  • Associations: Superstitions Horsemen's Association member, served as President 1997-2006; Arizona Horse Council member and current President; and is a board member of the East Valley Back Country Horsemen.

Councilmember Dave Waldron

  • Was appointed to fill Council vacancy May 1, 2012.
  • Previously served on City Council from June 3, 2003 to June 5, 2007.
  • Re-elected to full four year term in May/2013.
  • Resident of Apache Junction for 21 years.
  • Married to Kathleen.
  • Served on the Planning and Zoning Commission as a member and Chair from 2000 to 2003.
  • Member and previous Chair of the Veterans Day Parade Committee.
  • Retired IT Specialist
  • Graduate of the University of Montana.
  • Served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 through 1972; Vietnam Veteran.
  • Member of Mountain View Lutheran Church.

Councilmember Gail Evans

  • Appointed to City Council June 2012 to fill a vacancy.
  • Elected to full four year term in March/2013.
  • Served six years on Planning and Zoning Commission.
  • Formerly married to Rob Evans, three children and one grandchild.
  • Resident of Apache Junction since 2003.
  • Born in Irwin Pennsylvania, graduated Norwin Senior High.
  • Licensed Realtor since 1987, earned both the GRI (Graduate of Real Estate Institute) and CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designations.
  • EAGALA certified horse specialist, for the use of Equine Psychotherapy for humans.
  • Member of Pinal Partnership, Pinal Partnership Open Space Committee, founding member of Superstition Mountain Promotional Corporation, past member of SALT, past member of Superstition Horsemen Association, current Vice-President of Don's of Arizona, founder of The Whole Kit and Kaboodle (free clothing and household items for those who need a little extra help), and one of three individuals that have worked for three years on the first community garden in Apache Junction.

Councilmember Christa Rizzi

  • Elected Councilmember in May, 2013.
  • Business Owner/Operator - Tiremen Services for five years.
  • AJUSD Bus Driver for eight years.
  • Spouse - Robert with four adult children.
  • Graduate of the AJ Citizen Leadership Institute.
  • Has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Health and Human Services Commission, the Municipal Property Corporation and Apache Junction Industrial Development Authority.
  • Has been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, AJ Soroptomists International, AJ Boys and Girls Club and Focal Point and Tourism Committee.