Councilmember Celia Barotz

Councilmember Celia Barotz was first elected to the Flagstaff City Council in May 2010 when she received the most votes and was selected by the other members of the council to serve as Vice-Mayor from 2010-2012. In her bid for re-election, she again received the most votes of the six candidates and served as Vice-Mayor for a second time from 2014-2016.

Celia ran for Flagstaff City Council after learning about the issues facing the city and gaining an understanding of governmental processes. For seven years she was a member of several local boards and commissions, including the Coconino County Planning and Zoning Commission and the City of Flagstaff Planning and Zoning Commission, Water Commission, Open Spaces Commission and Board of Adjustment.

During her tenure on the City Council, Celia has served as the City Council representative on the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library Board, the Flagstaff Arts Council and the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona (ECONA). She was a City Council representative on the Board of Directors of the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA) for six years. Currently, Celia is one of three City Council representatives on the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization board of directors.

Celia has been a strong open space advocate. In 2016, she co-led the Greater Buffalo Park campaign, which was on the ballot as Proposition 413, which Flagstaff voters passed by 86.7%. The measure preserves as passive open 253 acres of extremely valuable city owned undeveloped land on McMillan Mesa and 47 acres south of Buffalo Park.

Celia has practiced real estate and land use law and was the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program for Coconino County Superior Court in Flagstaff where she oversaw the dispute resolution program and also mediated civil and family law cases. She earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from the University of Vermont, and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar. She is devoted to her yoga practice and loves to read and explore the Flagstaff Urban Trail System and the forests in the area with her beloved dog Bailey.

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