Mayor and Council
David M. Smith (2018-2020)
David downsized his international fire and explosion consulting business ten years ago, and relocated to Bisbee on a full-time basis. He and his wife Linda had been Bisbee home owners and active in the community for six years prior to that time, and with the purchase of the 1908 “Surgeon’s Home”, felt that the time had arrived for complete immersion in our community. David and Linda continue to remain active in community affairs and non-profit boards as well as enjoying their home and dogs. David believes that his greatest Bisbee challenge to date is that of Mayor and he looks forward to working toward greater economic stability and a bright future.
Bill Higgins (2016-2020)
Bill Higgins is a retired steel worker from Michigan. He visited Bisbee in 99, fell in love with the town and bought a house on Garden Avenue. He moved here permanently in 2001. He has managed to keep himself entertained by acting with BOP, volunteering at the now defunt Migrant Rescue Center in Naco, Sonora and sitting in Grassy Park watching life unfold around him.
He was a union steward and activist at Great Lakes Steel in Ecorse, Michigan where he worked as a Blacksmith and a Machinist. He helped implement a copperative partnership between the Company and the United Steel Workers of America which kept the company in business through hard economic times.
He has been living in Brewery Gulch for the last ten years and things he lives in the best neighborhood in Bisbee.
Leslie Johns is native to Bisbee, BHS Class of 1997. She has previously worked as a nurse and a massage therapist. She currently works as a Health Educator for Cochise Health and Social Services, sits on the Bisbee Healthy Community Committee, and volunteers for the Bisbee Alternative Therapies Clinic when she can.
Joni Giacomino (2018-2022)
I was born and raised in Bisbee and I am third generation Bisbee. I have one daughter who is currently a senior at Bisbee High School. I graduated from Bisbee High School in 1978 and received my B.A. Secondary Ed. From Arizona State University in 1985. I completed a M.A. Secondary Ed, Principal Certification, M.S. Recreation, Sports and Tourism with an emphasis in Sports Management. I am currently enrolled in a MS Biology program.
I have taught school for over 30 years, K-college. I currently teach Chemistry. My secondary job is with the City of Douglas training lifeguards and water safety instructors. I have served on the Bisbee Unified School District board for 4 years. I also serve on the LEAP board of directors and as LEAP Youth Travel Leader. I am a member of Kiwanis Club of Bisbee, National Science Teacher Association, Arizona Education Association, and the National Education Association.
My family has always been involved in the community through volunteer work and fundraising for different causes. I am a firm believer that if you want a better community then you become active and serve for the betterment of your community. A community’s success depends on community involvement. I look forward to serving Ward II and Bisbee.
Joan Hansen (2016-2020)
I was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1949. My father was in the Air Force and as a result I had the opportunity to travel and live in numerous locations in the United States. I graduated from High School in 1967 from O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon Illinois. I earned a BS in Elementary Education at the University of Illinois in 1971, and a MBA from Western New England College in 1977.
I worked as an Education Counselor for the Air Force for several years before joining the Air Force as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer in 1979. I served at 9 different locations both in the states and overseas. I retired after 22 + years in the rank of Lt Colonel.
I moved to Bisbee in October 2001 and embarked on a new career working for the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program of Cochise County, a program where volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. After working in the program for over 12 years I retired in March 2015 from the position of Program Manager.
I was first elected to the Bisbee City Council as a councilmember in August 2014 starting my term in December 2014. I ran because I wanted to make a difference in the community. I was re-elected in 2016 for a four year term
I have been involved in several organizations to give back to the community to include being a board member of the Bisbee Boys and Girls Club; Bisbee Rotary Club Charities Treasurer as well as Past President and President for the 2015-2016 year; Treasurer of the Bisbee Council for the Arts and Humanities Board, Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. Board Member and I belong to the Bisbee Business Professional Women’s Club.
Anna Cline (2018-2022)
Anna was born and raised in Bisbee (as were her parents). She attended Huachuca Terrace Primary and Lowell Elementary/Junior High and is a graduate of Bisbee High School. Anna is employed with the Bisbee Unified School District as the S.A.A.C. Supervisor at Bisbee High School. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and is working on her Master's degree in Administration of Justice and Security.
She is currently the City Liaison to the Bisbee Police and Fire Advisory Committee. She has also served on the Evergreen Cemetery Committee, the ADA Committee, SEAGO, Advisor to the Youth Council, Judicial Selection Committee and BPD review board.
After graduation, Anna married her high school sweetheart, Robert. They have two wonderful children. Lisa holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a minor in Forensic Psychology and Robert Justin is with the Bisbee Fire Department as an Firefighter/EMT. He completed the Fire Science Technology Program at Cochise College while he was a senior in high school and was in the Administration of Justice Program after. Anna and Robert are extremely proud of them.
Anna’s family has served Bisbee for a long time, and in many ways. “My roots in Bisbee run deep, as my family has been here since the early 1900’s. Our family has served this community in numerous ways. My uncle, Mike Garcia, was an Alderman in the 1970’s, and my father, Ruben, was serving his second term as Council Member when he passed away. My family and I remain deeply committed to this community.”
Louis Pawlik (Appointed July 2, 2019-2020)
Louis Pawlik is a retired civil engineer. He grew up in Tucson, attending Catalina HS and the University of Arizona. He spent seven years working in the copper mining industry before accepting a commission with the Air National Guard in Tucson. He managed the long range development plan for the Base at Tucson International Airport until he retired in 2003 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He moved to Canelo, Arizona where he lived until 2017 when he moved to Bisbee. He has been a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission since September of 2017. He lives with his wife Glynda in the Briggs neighborhood of Ward III.
We Will Strive to be a Model for Small Cities by:
- Creating a Safe Family Friendly Environment.
- Enhancing economic development opportunities that provide jobs with sustainable wages.
- Being a leader among municipalities for finding innovative and functional solutions to meet our community and organizational needs.
- Continuing to embrace our community as thriving multicultural place to live, work and visit.
- Preserving the beauty, history, culture, and diverse, geography of our community.
- Valuing our employees that serve our community.
- Benchmarking best practices in similar communities.
- Always get better.
- Run parallel with Budget realities.
- Stronger Financial Awareness.
- Protection & Safety to Community/ Infrastructure.
- Focusing on level of Service.