Richard Fimbres, Tucson Ward 5 Council Member
A monthly newsletter, a blog, and an active Facebook page are just a few of the ways Tucson, Arizona City Council Member Richard Fimbres keeps his constituents informed of his good works, and happenings in his ward and his city.
We suspect Richard Fimbres honed these communication skills wile serving as Director of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). GOHS provides leadership by developing, promoting, and coordinating programs; influencing public and private policy; and increasing public awareness of highway safety. When then Governor-elect Janet Napolitano made the announcement of Fimbres as her appointee (Dec. 12, 2002), she stated, "With his solid law enforcement background, Richard is uniquely positioned to bring a renewed focus to highway safety issues as our state’s population continues to increase as does the challenge of keeping Arizona safe as the highways grow”. Under his leadership, Arizona led the nation in seat belt usage in 2004, and in 2007 Arizona saw an 18% reduction in highway fatalities. Fimbres served in the post for six-and-a-half years.
A lifelong resident of Tucson, Mr. Fimbres received his education there and went on to serve in the United States Army. He is a Vietnam-era veteran. After his Army service, he began a twenty year career at the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and was named Officer of the Year in 1985.
Fimbres was elected to the City Council in 2007. His accomplishments are vast. From securing millions of pounds of food for the local food pantry, to raising funds to re-open public swimming pools, to improving city purchasing processes to save money and support locally owned businesses, Richard Fimbres stays busy. He has helped create a climate in his ward that attracts and retains business, resulting in hundreds of new jobs.
Fimbres was an important voice as Tucson changed its hybrid voting system to a vote by mail process. The new process increased voter participation by over 15% and saved the city $600,000 in the first vote-by-mail election.
Never one-dimensional, Fimbres has been honored for his many forms of service to his community. He won a Jefferson Award for his volunteer work (1988), was named one of Tucson’s Most influential individuals by the Tucson Citizen Newspaper (2000), was named the National Man of the Year by the League of United Latin American Citizens and Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (2001 and 2002, respectively), Ohtli Recognition from the Mexican Government (2004) for his work on behalf of Mexican communities abroad, and entrance into various Halls of Fame.