John Crane is a 32-year resident of Carefree and has enjoyed actively serving the community in various roles. He was appointed to the Carefree Town Council in 2012 and elected to the Town Council in 2013. John currently serves as Vice Mayor. Previously, John was appointed to the Carefree Subdivision Committee and was the Vice Chairman of the Carefree Planning and Zoning Commission. John, having served 12 years as president and board member of the Carefree Foothills Homeowners’ Association, continues as a Board member. John is the Desert Foothills Land Trust Vice Chair and is an Arizona Site Steward monitoring Native American archeological sites in the Cave Creek / Carefree area. Additionally, John sits on the Maricopa County Association of Government Economic Development Committee and the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.
“I firmly believe local government, as the level of government closest to the people, must be transparent and responsive to the Town’s needs to be effective. While successful economic development is key to the Town’s future, a balance must be struck between citizen and commercial interests and fiscal restraint.”
John earned a BS degree in Mathematics from Villanova University in 1978 and a MS degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1985. He then served seven years as a nuclear submarine officer. For the past 27 years, as a business owner, he has been a sales representative for Asian, European, and US semiconductor material and equipment suppliers to customers in North America. In 2021 he was recognized by the Black Mountain Foothills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) with the Medal of Honor, the most prestigious honor awarded by the DAR. John and his partner, Betsy, can frequently be seen strolling through Carefree enjoying all the Town has to offer.
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