Elaine Scruggs ending 20-year run as Glendale mayor


by Catherine Holland

Interview by Scott Pasmore

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 6:10 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- She was the first woman elected as mayor of Glendale. After two decades in office, Elaine Scruggs is stepping down.

3TV's Scott Pasmore sat down with the soon-to-be former mayor to talk about her legacy.

Scruggs said while she didn't have a checklist of what she wanted to accomplish, she knew she needed to help Glendale move forward.

"We were a landlocked bedroom community with basically no quality employment opportunities and no commercial base," she said.

How things have changed.

"We have a strong economic base. We have entertainment, sports -- anything you could want -- quality housing of all types," Scruggs said with a smile. "From where we started, it's been a good improvement."

"There were a lot of sacrifices," Scruggs continued, crediting her husband, whom she called "the most patient man in the world", and daughter for unconditionally supporting her along the way.

In March 2012 Scruggs was named one of the 48 Most Intriguing Women of Arizona, an official legacy project sanctioned by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission I honor of our state’s Centennial.  

So what's next? Scruggs said plans to enjoy her free time, rediscover herself and do everything she hasn't been able to do before.

"I'm going to have fun!" she said with a gleeful laugh. "I haven't had an opportunity to decide how to use free time for so long."

Scruggs' last day is Jan. 15.

Watch the entire interview