Fountain Hills, Arizona

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Fountain Hills is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, neighboring the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Scottsdale, AZ. The population is 24,669, as of the 2006 Census.[2] It was the eighth fastest-growing place among cities and towns in Arizona between the 1990 and 2000 census. It has the world's fourth tallest fountain. The town has two annual fairs, a local art fair and the Fountain Hills Great Fair which incorporates arts and a carnival. The town has the only Thanksgiving Day parade west of the Mississippi River. Each year the town's fountain is dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick's day.

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Law and government

Fountain Hills has a Council-Manager system. The current Mayor of Fountain Hills is Jay Schlum, elected in Mar 2008. The current Town Council consists of the Mayor and six Councilmembers: Vice Mayor Dennis Brown, Councilmembers Henry Leger, Tait Elkie, Dennis Contino, Ginny Dickey and Cassie Hansen. Rick Davis is the Town Manager. Among other council appointed staff are Town Attorney Andrew McGuire and Town Magistrate Mitchell Eisenberg.

The town does not have its own law enforcement. They are patrolled by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office with the elected Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who lives in town.

The Town contracts with the Rural/Metro Corporation for staffing of its fire department. Scott LaGreca is the fire chief.

Public schools

Fountain Hills Unified School District #98 has four schools. McDowell Mountain Elementary School for Kindergarten-2nd grade, Four Peaks Elementary School for grades 3-5, Fountain Hills Middle School for grades 6-8, and Fountain Hills High School for grades 9-12. There is a Charter School, which has all grades up until high school.

Geography

Fountain Hills is located at 33°36′17″N 111°43′43″W / 33.60472°N 111.72861°W / 33.60472; -111.72861 (33.604811, -111.728526).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.2 square miles (47.2 km²), of which, 18.2 square miles (47.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.27%) is water.

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