The Prescott City Council is the city’s legislative body. These seven people oversee the operations of city government and set policy by approving programs, appropriating funds, enacting laws and appointing the City Manager and other officers such as the City Attorney, City Clerk and City Judge. Prescott’s Mayor and City Council are elected at large. The Mayor serves a two-year term and Council members serve overlapping four-year terms.
City Council activities include responding to your questions, concerns and comments; preparing for Council and committee meetings; and attending civic dedications and fundraisers. City Council members also are called to chair or serve on various citizen committees; represent the city on boards or committees of county, state or intergovernmental associations; and speak to community service organizations, neighborhood associations and the Chamber of Commerce.
Meeting Agendas are posted at both sets of doors at City Hall as well as on our Council Meeting page.
Phil Goode was born and raised In Sacramento, California. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 1970 and served a full combat tour with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He received the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal (for over 50 combat assaults), Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/two bronze stars and several others.
After leaving active duty and serving five additional years of reserve duty with the Army he received his honorable discharge in 1977. During this time, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from California State University, Sacramento graduating Magna Cum Laude. He had a 35-year career in the healthcare industry reaching Vice President positions with Medline Industries and Careview Communications and held management positions with Medivac Industries, Kinetic Concepts Inc. and Applied Medical.
Phil is a 33-year member of the American Legion (Post 6, Prescott) and life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 541, Prescott) serving in leadership position with both posts. He was the Co-Chairman of the Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee which in June 2016 rededicated a bronze memorial on the Yavapai County courthouse grounds to the fallen Yavapai County veterans that lost their lives serving the United States in all of the nation’s wars since WWI.
He was elected to the board of directors of the Central Yavapai Hospital District in 2016 protecting the taxpayer’s assets for Yavapai Regional Medical Center and its ancillary facilities. He served as a Commissioner on the City of Prescott’s Planning and Zoning Commission and was the Co-Chairman of Mayor Oberg’s Ad Hoc Committee on Sober Living Rehab Homes.
Phil serves on the board of directors of the Yavapai Republican Men’s Forum and was a past Vice Chairman of the Yavapai County Republican Committee. He was a member of the Citizens Tax Committee which is the taxpayer’s watchdog in Yavapai County where he served as the Chairman of the Public Policy Committee for several years. A big supporter of improving education, he’s served on the Yavapai County Teacher of the Year panel and as a member of the Prescott BASIS School Advisory Council. Very interested in water resource management, he is a member of the Public Policy committee for the Citizens Water Advocacy Group.
An avid golfer, he was the champion of the 1996 Ralph’s Senior PGA Pro-Am Classic Tournament. Phil also appeared on the TV game show Jeopardy and was a four-time champion on the TV game show Tic-Tac-Dough in the 80s. Phil is married to his wife Toby and has four adult children.
Councilwoman Cantelme has a background in general contracting, real estate investment, historic home renovation and consulting. She has built custom homes in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Flagstaff and Prescott. Over the last thirty plus years she has been hired by clients for new builds, renovations, remodels and design services for high end custom and turnkey projects; her business is known for specialized services from inception to completion. In addition to ownership of Keswick Construction & Design, Kilduff, Ltd, Keswick Management LLC, Councilwoman Cantelme is involved in many committees and civic organizations in Prescott and throughout Arizona including: Registrar of Contractors Arizona, City of Phoenix Arts Commission, City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Committee, City of Prescott Homeless Solutions Committee, City of Prescott Economic Advisory Committee, City of Prescott Sober Living Homes Ad Hoc Committee, and the City of Prescott Advisory & Appeals Board.
Her commitment and concern with Prescott’s wellbeing and economic success lead her to be interested in service on Boards & Commissions as well as the City Council. Councilwoman Cantelme desires to enhance, strengthen and preserve Prescott’s history and hometown atmosphere through her tenure on City Council.
In addition to serving on the Prescott City Council, Brandon Montoya owns and operates an investment firm locally and is raising his family in Prescott. He grew up in Prescott and graduated from Prescott High School in 2003. He has worked and lived in this community since finishing high school, spending seven years as a grocery manager before transitioning to work his way up the finance industry. In 2016, Brandon started his own financial services firm, Montoya Wealth Management, with his wife, Erica Ryberg. They launched with a handful of clients, some personal savings, and the will to grow a successful business in a community that had afforded him countless opportunities. Brandon put in the hard work, joining civic organizations, networking, and at times knocking on neighbors’ doors and telling them about the business he was building. Today, he and his wife have a thriving financial investment firm that serves more than 120 local households and is entrusted with managing more than $27 million of the client’s wealth.
In 2017 Brandon was a member of the 28th graduating class of Prescott Area Leadership (PAL). He learned a great deal about the workings of Prescott and Yavapai County; this sparked his interest in local leadership and put him on the path of eventually running for office. PAL gave Brandon a way to become more involved and learn more about the community and share ideas with his classmates who were other leaders in our community.
It was in PAL that Brandon learned the fundamentals of servant leadership. Brandon began putting this concept to work in his Frontier Rotary Club. In 2019-2020 Brandon was selected to be the President of both the Prescott Frontier Rotary club and its charitable foundation. At the same time, Brandon also served as a board member for the Prescott Farmer’s market.
Brandon has two children. Lilyana Montoya who attends high school, and his son Ellis Montoya attends kindergarten. Brandon enjoys spending time with his family in his spare time, hiking many of the local trails. Brandon also enjoys running and competes in local 10ks and 5ks. Brandon is proud to be a member of his community’s leadership and is dedicated to civic engagement.
Brandon was appointed as Mayor Pro Tem by the City Council on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 to serve a one-year term.
Eric was born in Springfield, MA and moved to Tucson, AZ at the age of six. At a young age, Eric developed a great love for nature and wild birds and spent his childhood exploring the Sonoran Desert in southeastern Arizona. After graduating from high school in Tucson, Eric served a two-year mission to Texas for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Eric attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Marketing and Retailing.
For over twenty years—before, during and after college—Eric worked in the grocery industry. While working for Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, he was transferred to Prescott in 1991. Eric left the grocery business in 2000 and worked as the Community Services Manager for the Town of Chino Valley with direct responsibility for the Parks, Recreation, Library, and Senior Center departments.
In 2003, Eric combined his life-long interest in birds and his extensive retail background and opened Jay’s Bird Barn, a specialty retail store focused on the hobby of bird watching and bird feeding. Over the last eighteen years, Jay’s Bird Barn has grown to include a complete Hallmark Gold Crown Store as well as Arizona Field Optics, a company specializing in quality high-end optical equipment for bird watching and hunting.
Eric’s election to the Prescott City Council in 2021 is his first experience as an elected official. He is concerned about growth, water, transportation, infrastructure, quality of life, and transparency in government.
Eric’s interests include bird watching, hiking, bicycling, volunteer work, church participation and international travel. However, his greatest joy comes from being a husband, father and grandfather. Eric and his wife, Gayla, have been married 37 years and have reared six children in Prescott—five sons and one daughter. They now have six grandchildren and are hoping for many more!
Cathey was born at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. Her Father was a career Air Force officer who served as a Navigator Bombardier in WWII and later in Nato Intelligence. Her family has lived in Arizona since 1965. She excelled in the Arizona public school system and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She married Dr. Tom Rusing, a General Surgeon, in 1978 at Sacred Heart Church in Prescott. The Rusing family came to Prescott in 1961 and started Julie Ann’s Bakery. Tom and Cathey volunteered for 6 months as Medical Volunteers at a small hospital in the highlands of Kenya in 1985, before returning to Prescott to open Prescott Surgical Clinic, and to raise a family. They are the proud parents of 3 sons. There are now 4 generations of Rusings living in Prescott!
Cathey was sworn in Nov. 19, 2019 to a 4-year term. She was overwhelmingly elected in a nonpartisan election, running on the important issues of Growth and Development, Water, Traffic, and Preservation of our natural beauty and our wonderful quality life. She was the only Candidate that did not take campaign donations from developers. She also was the only Candidate to support the position of Save the Dells, a grassroots organization that united the community to preserve the “Heart of the Dells.”
Cathey was involved in the annexation negotiations with Arizona Eco Development which preserved approximately 475 aces of scenic Granite Dells property. She was working with Council, City Staff, Save the Dells, and our Representatives at the State Capitol in February of 2020 to obtain State Funding for the creation of a Regional Park, therefore bringing our sales tax dollars back to be reinvested in our community. Unfortunately, COVID delayed this effort, but it will resume in 2022. This Park will enhance Prescott’s reputation as a destination for Eco Tourism.
During her two years on Council, Cathey was instrumental in improving the infrastructure by requiring ductile iron, not plastic, for our water mains. She also led the fight to require sub metering for single family rental developments, thereby improving water conservation efforts. She was also successful in the creation of the policy for the naming of City buildings and property.
She was appointed by Council as Mayor Pro Tempore on November 23, 2021 and served a one year term in that role.
Cathey is a member of the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG), a science based “think tank” of local water experts who are dedicated to water conservation, protecting our aquifer, and the flow of the Verde River. She is also a member of the Citizens Tax Committee (CTC), a watchdog group of citizens and elected officials dedicated to keeping an eye on the spending of your tax dollars. She is also a volunteer for the Yavapai County Emergency Medical Reserve Corps.
She is an advocate for Truth and Transparency in City government and encourages citizen input and participation. Please feel free to call, Email, or make an appointment.
Cathey enjoys hiking, biking, and kayaking the scenic trails, parks, and lakes that are in such proximity in and around Prescott. Cathey and Tom can also be found Downtown, partaking in Prescott’s vibrant Food, Music, Arts and Culture scene, and in the many Events and Festivals!
Lois was born and raised in New York. After graduation from Hauppauge HS, Lois attended Boston College, where she was active in Student Government, ultimately elected Undergraduate Student Body President. She graduated in ’83 and received her BS in Business Administration. Lois is married 29 years to Gary Fruhwirth, and they have two adult sons, a daughter in law and their 1st grandchild due in April’24. They made their decision to buy land in Prescott in ’08, as they recognized Prescott’s culture, values, and quality of life was a perfect fit for their future retirement plans. They relocated from Cincinnati, OH to Prescott June’18, after their youngest graduated high school.
With a 34-year career at Procter & Gamble as a Supply Chain and Business Development Executive, in both US and Global Operations, Lois relocated 9 times across the US and Puerto Rico. At P&G, she demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, overseeing operations worth billions of dollars in US sales, and leading organizations with 100+ employees. She was inducted into P&G’s prestigious ‘Magnus Society’- a highly coveted honor for only the top Supply Chain global masters. She was recognized as a ‘Top Woman in Grocery’ by Progressive Grocers Magazine. Lois also represented P&G in various Consumer Goods Industry Affairs efforts to enable supply chain industry efforts. Proven business skills she brings to Council include leadership, strategic planning, budget oversight, and business development.
Lois is a dedicated community leader, volunteering her time and talents. A Prescott Citizens Academy graduate, Lois served on the Prescott Library Board (’20-’22). She volunteered as a weekly classroom volunteer at Lincoln Elementary, working reading, spelling and math with 1st graders (’19-’20). She has been active on several local campaigns and contributes to several local charitable and community causes. Lois serves annually as a Guest Lecturer at UA’s Eller College of Business on ‘Supply Chain Management’ to over 1,000+ Eller freshmen (’20-current).
Lois is active in Republican party politics, and has served as a Precinct Committeeman, Precinct Captain, State Committeeman, AZ Convention Delegate, and was elected as CD2 Member-At-Large on the AZGOP Executive Committee (’23-’24). Lois was elected as County Chairman of the Yavapai County Republican Committee, serving her two-year term (’21-’22) with distinction. She demonstrated how business and organization leadership skills contribute to breakthrough results – setting county records in fundraising, candidate donations, organization growth, voter registration advantages and winning local races. Her political experience will be invaluable as a councilwoman, as she believes in collaborating with others to find and implement the best ideas and workable solutions for the challenges we face.
Ted Gambogi’s parents lived in Mantua New Jersey so when it came time for him to be born, they left the farmland of South Jersey drove across the Ben Franklin bridge to Osteopathic Hospital in Philadelphia where he was born.
After graduation from Gloucester Catholic, he enrolled in Rutgers University worked his way through as a heavy equipment mechanic and graduated with degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Economics.
With little market for Aerospace Engineers, he applied his mechanical experience and joined Caterpillar in Peoria Illinois.
Eleven months later he moved to his first rep assignment in Albuquerque covering New Mexico, Colorado, and West Texas.
His next assignment was Kuala Lumpur Malaysia covering Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
On his way back to Peoria Illinois he visited China for two weeks during the reign of Deng Xiaoping when China was mostly primitive.
Working for Caterpillar took him where the work was and that meant spending lots of time deep in the jungles of Borneo by means of SUVs, helicopter, and river boats.
Ted also held positions as VP of Maritz Market research, and VP of sales and marketing at Shepherd Machinery.
Ted later returned to Asia in an assignment as Sales and Marketing manager for Caterpillar in Singapore covering Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Korea, and China.
It was there that he met the Caterpillar office manager in Bangkok Thailand Tippawan Chaitrakulseri who is now Tik Gambogi and has been so for over fifteen years.
Upon coming to Prescott in March of 2013 Ted joined Prescott Senior softball, the Masonic Lodge and Rotary.
Ted is a AZGFD Hunter Education Instructor.
He serves as VP of the James Family YMCA and works out there daily.
Ted has completed ten marathons, one on the tail end of an Ironman Triathlon.
He’s served as Vice-Chair of Prescott’s Planning and Zoning commission, Chair of the 2025 General Plan, and member of the mayor’s committee to update the Prescott City Charter.
Ted says “Having lived in seven US states, two foreign countries, traveled the world, I’ve got a broad base of comparison and I feel Prescott is ‘Everybody’s Hometown’ the greatest place to live. With the privilege of living here comes an obligation to give back to the community like so many Prescottonians have done before me”