By Constance Halonen-Wilson

At the June 12 Maricopa Association of Government’s (MAG) Management Committee meeting, Queen Creek’s Town Manager John Kross was elected to serve as the chair. Providing a key role in the regional decisions facing MAG, the Management Committee analyzes the technical and policy implications of the input received from MAG’s technical committees and makes recommendations to the Regional Council.

“This is just one example of John’s fantastic leadership in the region,” stated Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “One of MAG’s most important responsibilities is transportation planning and John’s one-year term comes at a critical time as MAG updates the Regional Transportation Plan for Maricopa County.”

Town Manager John Kross shared, “I am honored to serve in this role and represent our community. MAG focuses on important issues from transportation, air quality and human services, to name a few. I look forward to participating in the continued collaboration that allows for regional solutions.”

Founded in 1967, MAG is a Council of Governments and Metropolitan Planning Organization that provides a regional forum for discussion, analysis, and resolution of regional issues, including transportation, air quality, economic development and human services. MAG prepares the 20-year Regional Transportation Plan and five-year Transportation Improvement Program for the region.

Kross has served as MAG’s Vice Chair for the past year. For additional information about MAG, visit