Mayor Arturo R. Garino
Arturo R. Garino was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona. He is a former Law Enforcement Officer and Public Works Director. He is a Vietnam Veteran. He was elected Mayor for the City of Nogales, Arizona in November 2010. He previously served four years as City Councilman two years as Vice Mayor. He is a Board Member of the Border Mayor’s Association, the Executive Board of (SEAGO), Southeastern Arizona Government’s Organization, The Greater Nogales/Santa Cruz County Port Authority. He is a former member of (SETIF)- Security Environmental Transportation Fund Board. In 2011 he was appointed to the Southwest Border Task Force under the Homeland Security Advisory Council on Trade & Security by Secretary Janet Napolitano.
One month into his term as Mayor, he along with Mayor Jose Angel Hernandez Barajas of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, signed the historic document “Sisterhood Agreement”, creating a partnership between both sides of the border to work together for issues such as trade & commerce to education & border security. He hosted a congressional meeting to educate government officials from Washington, DC and the Phoenix area about the importance of Nogales and its ports play in the state economy as well as the rest of the country. In March 2012, he successfully formed and spearheaded a coalition with Arizona border Mayor’s and community business leaders to kill a piece of legislation that would have created a travel warning system in Southern Arizona which would have been devastating to the economy. He has put forward several economic development initiatives, among others.
In 2011, he received the White House (President Obama’s) Champions of Change Award for rising up to the challenges of the 21st century by encouraging and supporting local job growth in Nogales and cross border trade and building a positive image for the border region.
This year he received the Arizona Mexico Commission Tony Certosimo Award given to individuals who embody what the commission strives to accomplish. The award is named after the first Executive Director of the commission. Mayor Garino has worked hard to promote Nogales and the border region. He believes in building strong relationships with our neighbors to the south throughout the border region. In the Mayor’s words. “Ambos Nogales” is a city of 400,000 divided by a fence.