The Honorable Shirley C. Scott is serving her sixth term as the Ward IV Council Member for the City of Tucson. In December of 2005, Council Member Scott was one of 40 elected officials in the United States to be elected to a 2-year term to the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities (NLC). She had previously completed a one-year term as the Chair of the NLC’s Community and Economic Development Committee, after having served two one-year terms as its Vice Chair. She has also served in the international, national, state and local arenas dealing with issues of the environment and community sustainability. She was previously a member Governor’s Advisory Task Force, improving outcomes for incarcerated women and their children. As the former owner of a small business in the city, Mrs. Scott is also keenly aware of the issues that face small business owners.
Mrs. Scott’s passions are the quality of life for children, families, seniors, the environment and public safety. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer for public, private and civic events. Mrs. Scott hosts an annual event for school children, The Ward IV Back to School Bash, where breakfast, school supplies and raffle prizes are given free of charge to participants. She has been instrumental in the expansion of the Clement’s Regional Recreational Center, which is a first-ever project that brought together resources and expertise from not only the city, but from Pima County and Pima Community College, as well.
She has served as board member, officer or liaison to: Tucson Clean and Beautiful, Pima Council on Aging, the Tucson International Airport Authority, Bond Advisory Committee, Sister Cities, the United Way of Greater Tucson City Service Area Committee, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Pima Prevention Partnership and the board for Visit Tucson.
Among Mrs. Scott’s awards and achievements are; the Pan-Asian Community Alliance had named her the Woman of the Year, The Korean American Cultural Foundation awarded her a Certificate of Appreciation, Arizona Parks & Recreation Association recognized her as the Outstanding Public Official Award for 2009, and the American Planning Association-Arizona Chapter recognized her in 2009 as the Distinguished Elected Official of the Year. The League of United Latin American Citizens honored her with their Silver Award. She has also been honored by the Alliance of Construction Trades and the Arizona Human Rights Fund. The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) named her 2002 and 2007 Public Official of the Year. She was awarded the annual “Friends of the Trails” honor from the Pima Trails Association.