Council Member Matt Herman
An Arizona native who has called Casa Grande home his entire life, Matt Herman was appointed to fill a vacated seat on the City Council in 2008. He is a third generation business owner in Casa Grande and cannot think of a better place to live. He was elected to serve his first full term through 2013 and served as Mayor Pro Tempore from June 2011 – June 2012.
Matt graduated from Casa Grande Union High School in 1994 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University in small business management in 1998. While at ASU he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He is a graduate of Project CENTRL Class XVI and the Casa Grande Leadership Academy. Matt currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley and is past president. He is a member of the Casa Grande Rotary Club and is the Rotary Foundation Chair.
Herman is employed in the family business and owns half of another small business in Casa Grande. He is married to Erica who is also a Casa Grande Native and a teacher at Villago and Cactus Middle Schools. They have two daughters, Alexis and Jordan. Both Matt and Erica love raising their family in the city they grew up in and are excited about its future.
Council Member Robert Huddleston
Bob Huddleston is a 33-year veteran of the Casa Grande Police Department. Bob started his career with the police department in 1980 as a patrol officer and worked his way up the ranks to become chief of police in 1999. He held that position until his retirement in 2013.
As police chief, Bob had a strong focus on community policing and forming working partnerships with citizens, businesses, community groups, and volunteers which helped cut the crime rate in Casa Grande in half during his tenure.
Bob has served as a board member on the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and as a board member and past president of the Pinal County Law Enforcement Association. He currently serves as the president of the Board of Directors of Horizon Health and Wellness and was a volunteer for the Mayor’s Reading Club, visiting Casa Grande Elementary Schools to read to children and talk about public safety.
Bob is currently retired from law enforcement and serves as a judge pro tem in the Pinal County Justice Courts system.
Bob has lived in Casa Grande since 1966, attended grade school and high school in Casa Grande, and is proud to call Casa Grande his hometown. Bob is married to Doria Garza who has been involved in real estate in Casa Grande for over thirty years. Bob and Doria live in the Villago subdivision.
Council Member Mary Kortsen
Almost a native of Casa Grande, Mary Kortsen is serving her second term on the City Council. She served as Mayor Pro Tempore from June 2009 to June 2015. Born in Nebraska, Kortsen was raised in Casa Grande and has lived in the City for more than 50 years. She attended Central Arizona College and the University of Arizona. Kortsen was practically born and raised in public service. Her father, Dr. William Ford, served on the City Council from March 1965 to April 1969 and her father-in-law, James Kortsen Jr., served 12 years as a Pinal County Supervisor. One of Mary’s first jobs was working for the City as a lifeguard and concession stand attendant during her teenage years. Kortsen served on the Stanfield Elementary School Board from 1978 -1986, Casa Grande Regional Medical Center Board of Directors from 1984 -1997, and as Chairman of the Desert Valley Care Center from 1993 to 1997.
Today, Kortsen is self-employed as an independent paralegal and certified legal document preparer. She has two daughters, Jennifer and Amy, a son, Jimmy, and seven grandchildren.
Len Colla Recreation Center
Monday-Fri day 2:50 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Early Release Days 12:50 pm – 5:00 pm
No School Days 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Len Colla Recreation Center is a multi-purpose recreation center that features a full size gymnasium, multi-purpose/game room, computer lab/meeting room and an arts and crafts room. The Center is also the site of the City’s After School Kids Club which is a supervised program for school age youth 5-17. Daily activities include a homework help & reward program, arts and crafts, video games, sports, computer lab, educational programs, a rec room and various special events.
Mayor Pro Tempore Donna McBride
Elected to her first term in office in November 2016, Donna McBride is a believer that you get out of your community what you put into it. After retiring in 2003 from Students Against Destructive Decisions after 20 years of service, Donna returned to Pinal County where she has worked for Pinal County Juvenile Court for over 13 years as the Program Administrator II and Public Information Officer.
Donna is a board member of the Casa Grande Alliance Against Drugs where she has been a coalition member for 12 years. Previously, she served as Chairperson and board member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board as well as the Police Advisory Board. Donna was also the Youth Advisor for 10 years for the Casa Grande Youth Commission where she played an active role in opening the Casa Grande Teen Center. Donna serves as the Vice Chair of the Pinal County Town Hall Board and is active with the Mayor’s Reading Program. She is a past Board member and current volunteer for the BlackBox Foundation which provides community art and theater education.
Donna’s notable recognition awards include the 2010 Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Service Leader of the Year and a 2012 finalist for the Arizona Hon Kachina Award. In 2015 she was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to his Commission on Volunteerism and Service Learning.
Donna and her husband Mike have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. She is an active kayaker and in her spare time is a freelance writer and photographer.
Mayor Craig McFarland
Born and raised in California, Mayor Craig McFarland has lived in Casa Grande since 2005. He is a graduate of the Cal State University Fresno and retired from Golden Eagle Distributors in January 2015 as VP of Sales after a ten-year tenure with the company, and 36 total years in beverage business sales management and operations.
Mayor McFarland began his first term as Mayor in December 2016, and his priorities include providing leadership, encouraging people, and promoting progress, in addition to increasing quality of life, encouraging new business, and supporting Casa Grande’s infrastructure and economic development.
McFarland has two children, Kelly and Scott, and five grandchildren, Dillan, Keira, Connor, Leila, and Brady. He has been married to his wife, Nancy for 39 years.