Meet the Mayor and Council
Mayor Darryl Croft
A native of the St. Louis, Missouri area, Darryl served in the United States Navy for over 22 years in a variety of technical and administrative assignments in aircraft maintenance, technical and management training, and organizational development. Darryl was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, Brunswick, Georgia, Memphis, Tennessee, and San Diego, California and deployed onboard aircraft carriers in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas and Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Before his retirement from the Navy in 1984, he served as the Command Master Chief of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 112, ashore at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California and deployed in the western Pacific onboard aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ranger (CVA 61).
During his naval career, Darryl earned undergraduate degrees in Industrial Management and Business Administration and a graduate degree in Business Administration. Wanting to teach in the field of adult education, Darryl returned to university to earn a Master of Science in Instructional Technology degree. Employed by the Imperial Irrigation District, a major California public power and water delivery company, Darryl developed and conducted management and technical training programs. While teaching business courses at Imperial Valley College, he also held positions as Director of Personnel Services and Dean of Vocational Education. He later returned to the Imperial Irrigation District to manage the Human Resources Department and assume responsibility for all human resources, labor and industrial relations, plant security, and loss control functions. Active in community affairs, Darryl served on the Imperial Valley Community College Foundation Board of Directors, Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, Literacy Volunteers of America, Imperial County Substance Abuse Advisory Board, and El Centro Rotary Club. In January of 2005, Darryl and his wife, Donna, purchased property in Chino Valley. The same year Donna retired from her teaching position with the community college and they began relocating her to their retirement home. Darryl followed in 2006 and has since served as President of the Parkside Village Homeowners Association, President of the Rotary Club of Chino Valley, Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Town of Chino Valley Streets and Highways Advisory Committee.
Mayor Croft's Term Expires DECEMBER of 2018
Vice Mayor Mike Best
I was born on October 28, 1945, in the city of Long Beach, California where I lived for most of my 65+ years, before relocating here to the Beautiful Community of Chino Valley.
I have two sisters and one brother - I am the oldest, and the only one who lives in Arizona.
I have been married 44+ years to the same sweet lady "Nancy" and we were blessed with five wonderful children. Shelley, being the youngest is still at home. Now I'm having a great time playing with and watching my seven beautiful grandchildren grow-up. "It is the best part of Life".
My education was pretty standard. I graduated from Cuyama Valley High School, then attended Long Beach City College, and then on to Long Beach State College all in an attempt to get an Electrical Engineering Degree. After six years of night school, I did it! Before going to college I served in the U.S. Navy - I served in Viet Nam for the last 13 months of my service.
After being Honorably discharged in 1966, I visited family and friends for about six months and then it was time to get a job. I have worked for large companies and small family owned shops. However, for the last 34 years of my working time I spent in either the Los Angeles or Long Beach Harbors maintaining the Electric Container Cranes. I have had several great jobs in my lifetime, but the most rewarding has been helping to raise our five children.
My Family, Church, and Country are very important to me. I try to be honest in all of my dealings.
I am so grateful to be living in the beautiful Town of Chino Valley we looked for six years before settling down. Moreover, we both agreed that "This is the Place" and the people here are the greatest - "I love this Town".
Vice Mayor Best's Term Expires DECEMBER of 2018
Council Member Susie Cuka
Susan was born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin in 1960. Her parents moved the family of six (eventually seven) to Arizona in 1965, after growing weary of the miserable Wisconsin winters. They spent a short time in Phoenix, and in 1966 came north to Prescott. Susan attended Sacred Heart School, and graduated from Prescott High School in 1978. As a youngster, Susan and a friend would ride bikes, on a much less busy and safer Highway, to Chino Valley to visit family. Loving the country life style, and forever an animal lover, Susan would remark to her friend that someday she was going to live in Chino Valley.
Susan spent her early adult years exploring opportunities, moving to Oregon, as well as spending time training horses in Tucson. Eventually, she found her way to the world of law enforcement and spent 10 years with the City of Prescott Police Department in records and dispatch.
Susan’s childhood dream eventually came true, and in 1989, she purchased a home in Chino Valley. Soon after, she met her husband, Gregg, and they have raised five kids in Chino Valley, enjoying involvement in soccer, football, baseball, volleyball, track, 4H, FFA, equine events, and all the many rural activities of Chino Valley.
Gregg and Susan began their business, Mile Hi Excavation, in 1994, and have managed to survive the highs and lows of the construction world. Watching the area grow has been a bitter sweet experience for Susan. Holding on to the memories of what was, but yet embracing the opportunities our area now has to offer.
Today, Susan stays busy as bookkeeper for the family business. She has also started a second business, Shepherds Choice Farm, raising farm grown beef and lamb, a hobby that was started with her kids in 4H. Her continual desire to be involved has led her to the road of town council. Recognizing the need for positive commercial growth, yet maintaining the rural life style that so many love, Susan is hoping to help bring Chino Valley together to a place that our kids can also proudly call home.
Council Member Cuka 's Term Expires DECEMBER of 2020
Council Member Annie Lane
Annie moved to Arizona in 1995 however she is a proud native of the Buckeye State. Community service based values and principles were instilled in her as a young child and she has carried that dedication and action throughout her adult life. She attended Grand Canyon University, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies. After her husband’s transition from active duty military service, her family relocated to Chino Valley to raise their two boys and many animals; enjoying the lifestyle of a smaller town with open spaces and a strong sense of community.
Through volunteering within local community organizations over the years, she felt the need to be more committed to representing Chino Valley families within Town Government. Annie was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission and learned a great deal about the history of Chino Valley, our municipal organization and specifically, the need for sustainable growth while maintaining the lifestyle, resources and sense of community her family moved here to celebrate.
Annie is an active wife and mother, dedicated to her family, youth sports and education, various 501c3 organizations and is a vocal advocate for foster children and adoption resources, our honorable Military, Veterans, Police Officers and Firefighters. She takes great pride in our community, our children and ethically representing our local families for the future of Chino Valley.
Council Member Lane's Term Expires DECEMBER of 2020
Council Member Jack Miller
Jack W. Miller was born Dallas, Texas in 1957, the baby of seven children. His father was an Aerospace Engineer and mother was a homemaker. During Jack’s childhood, their family moved and lived in several states, settling in Phoenix in 1966. He completed high school and then relocated to Prescott after a weekend visit, where he began his career with U.S. Electrical Motors. He worked there as a machinist from 1975 through 1987. It was there he met his wife Jeri, they were married in 1981, and then relocated to Chino Valley.
In 1987, he accepted employment with the Chino Valley Fire District as a fire fighter, which he says was the “best job in the world”. During his career with the Fire District, he earned his A.A. degree in Fire Science and Business Administration. He worked with the Fire District through 2010, retiring as a Battalion Chief, due to a knee injury.
Jack and Jeri have two sons, who both live in Kingman, Arizona, with their families. Their sons each work for local fire departments.
He says he has always worked as a builder throughout his career and continues today. Through the years, the most rewarding to him has been to be a public servant; he has always enjoyed trying to find a resolution to people’s problems.
Council Member Miller's Term Expires DECEMBER of 2020
Council Member Corey Mendoza
Council Member Mendoza's Term Expires DECEMBER of 2018
Council Member Lon Turner
Council Member Turner's Term Expires DECEMBER of 2018