Councilmember Anita Norton
Council member Anita Norton has resided in Arizona most of her life and has a background in sales management and law enforcement. Council member Norton was appointed to the City Council in November of 2017 to fill a vacancy. Council member Norton serves on the Council’s Public Safety Committee, the Employee Relations Committee, the Chamber of Commerce Committee, and was recently recommended for appointment as an alternate to the Community Development Advisory Committee of Maricopa County Human Services Division.
While serving with the Phoenix Police Department, Anita received recognition for her investigative ability and a commendation for composure in particularly high stress situations. Her confidence, fearlessness, and thoroughness resulted in a high number of solved cases, including one which culminated in several arrests after a non-stop 46 hour investigation led solely by Anita. After leaving law enforcement, Anita later received a full honor’s scholarship to college majoring in communications. However, after attending for two years, life’s circumstances changed her path, wherein she went into retail sales management.
For the last 15 years, Anita has had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of students and their families as a certified therapeutic riding instructor for children and adults with special needs, as well as for riders learning western horsemanship.
Anita first moved to El Mirage in 2004 and bought property in Dysart Ranchettes in 2014. In 2016, she built an energy efficient home acting as the builder/contractor. Anita also served on the Dysart Ranchettes Irrigation committee designated to work with the City to resolve irrigation issues.