Surprise Public Safety launches veteran preference recruitment policy

The City of Surprise Fire-Medical and Police Departments now offer preference points for military service veterans applying as firefighter and police recruits.

Veterans, those that were on active military duty for at least six months, will be awarded an extra five points to their passing entrance recruitment exam score.

To qualify for the extra points, veteran candidates must have been honorably discharged from military service.

“These brave men and women served and protected our country; this policy is one way we can say thank you,” says Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott.

“Helping to employ our nation’s veterans is the right thing to do and we hope this policy in some way honors their service,” add Police Chief Terry Young.

For additional information on eligibility visit the recruitment pages of Surprise Fire-Medical and Surprise Police at and click on the Public Safety Veterans Recruitment link.

City to host information meeting regarding recent changes on Bullard Avenue

The City of Surprise invites the public to attend a community information meeting regarding the recent speed limit and striping changes along Bullard Avenue, Greenway to Peoria avenues.

When: Monday, August 17, 2015, at 6 p.m.
Where: Marley Park Elementary School, 15042 W. Sweetwater Avenue

At the start of the school year, the city added three new crosswalks on Bullard providing safe access for children attending the five schools in the area. With the new crosswalks in place, the speed limit was reduced to 35 mph. A bike lane was added, as was a golf cart lane, which doubles as a safety buffer between the traffic lane and bike lane. With announced busing changes to some of the Dysart schools in the area, the pedestrian and bike traffic is also expected to increase, another reason for the safety improvements.

Staff will be on hand to give a brief presentation detailing the changes and why they were made, and be available to answer any questions.

For more information please contact Mike Gent at 623.222.6223 or

Surprise Retail Survey Results are in!

The City of Surprise launched a retail survey in May that garnered nearly 3,000 responses!

Thanks to our engaged residents, and residents from neighboring communities, we were able to collect data that helped to identify the City’s retail strengths, as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home.

Select survey insights are available below, with full results available at

Top 10 Local Favorites

  • Nick’s Diner I & II
  • Jim’s Burger and Eggs
  • Vogue Bistro
  • Saigon Kitchen
  • Amuse Bouche
  • Archie’s Deli
  • New York Flavor
  • Big Buddha
  • Babbo Italian Eatery
  • Rio Mirage

Top 10 Desired Retailers

  • Costco
  • Whole Foods
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Macy’s
  • TJ Maxx
  • Joann’s Fabric
  • Old Navy
  • Nordstrom
  • Harkins Theater
  • Home Goods

Top 10 Desired Restaurants

  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Sweet Tomatoes
  • Portillo’s
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Texas Roadhouse (Great news! A Texas Roadhouse is currently being constructed in the area of Grand Ave. and Mountain View Blvd.)
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Oregano’s
  • Pita Jungle
  • Mimi’s Café
  • El Pollo Loco

The city would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey! The Surprise Economic Development team will now use the results to guide their retail recruitment efforts.