The National Sheriffs' Association recently named Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu as recipient of the 2011 Ferris E. Lucas Award for Sheriff of the Year. An NSA statement described Babeu as "one of the most progressive sheriffs in the country" and cited his strong stand against illegal immigration and Mexican cartels as having garnered statewide and national attention. Babeu graduated from the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy number one in his class. His civilian education includes an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement, Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science and a Master of Public Administration, Summa Cum Laude.
Mayor W. J. "Jim" Lane served for four years on the Scottsdale City Council beginning in June 2004, and began his first term as Mayor in January 2009. Mayor Lane served on the 2002 Scottsdale Fire & EMS Advisory Committee, which was convened to evaluate and make recommendations to the city regarding the desired level of fire and emergency medical services relative to cost. His community service also includes six years on the Scottsdale Paradise Valley YMCA Board of Management. He chaired the 1999 Kids Campaign annual fund raising effort. Mayor Lane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
Gabriela Saucedo Mercer lives on Tucson’s west side with her husband of 24 years, Ted Mercer. Gabriela, “Gabby” for short, set aside her work career with a defense electronics firm in order to raise her 3 children and continue her education. As the kids were growing up Gabriela became more and more concerned about the direction that her adopted country had taken in recent years. She legally emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1986 in order to live in a nation full of opportunity and Constitutional protections of individual liberties. She became a proud U.S. citizen in 1991.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our Happy Hour Networking event on Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 PM at Revolver Lounge in Scottsdale.
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