Councilmember Anita Norton
Councilmember Anita Norton has resided in Arizona most of her life and has a background in sales management and law enforcement. She moved from Peoria to El Mirage in 2004.
Councilmember Norton has served on the City Council since being appointed to fill a vacancy in November of 2017, and then was elected in August 2018. Anita has been a champion supporter of public safety, helping to bring about positive and progressive changes in our Police and Fire Departments. Councilmember Norton is a member of the MAG Regional Domestic Violence Council and an alternate to the Community Development Advisory Committee of Maricopa County Human Services Division (CDAC), which has brought in millions of federal dollars for City improvements.
While serving with the Phoenix Police Department, Anita received a commendation for her investigative ability and recognition for composure in particularly high stress situations. Her confidence, fearlessness, and thoroughness resulted in a high number of solved cases.
A certified riding instructor for western and English horsemanship, as well as, an instructor for riders with disabilities for the last 18 years, Anita has had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of students, helping them grow in confidence and overcome fears while learning to ride.
After concerns were raised regarding a major incident involving local teens, Anita established El Mirage Cares, a program the City provides to inform families and local residents about the many dangers and obstacles that challenge the health and welfare of our young children, teens, and adults through free forums open to the public. With the involvement of members of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and other professionals, as well as, the participation of the Dysart Unified School District, some of the topics covered thus far have included the dangers of drugs and vaping, teen dating and domestic violence, suicide prevention and awareness, sex trafficking, and bullying and depression. Our goal in this program is to save lives and promote healthy families.
Anita is thankful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of El Mirage and to be part of a growing City with the goal of enhancing the lives of all who live, work in, and visit our great community.