Town Leadership

2013 Tusayan Town Council Left to right: Former Mayor John Rueter, Councilor Al Montoya, Former Mayor Greg Bryan, Mayor Craig Sanderson, and former Councilor Bill Fitzgerald. Not pictured: Vice Mayor Becky Wirth and Councilor John Schoppmann

2013 Tusayan Town Council
Left to right: Former Mayor John Rueter, Councilor Al Montoya, Former Mayor Greg Bryan, Mayor Craig Sanderson, and former Councilor Bill Fitzgerald. Not pictured: Vice Mayor Becky Wirth and Councilor John Schoppmann

Welcome to the Town of Tusayan

The Town of Tusayan incorporated in April 2010.

For questions about sales tax, Town Council Meetings, or other Town business, please email or call the Town office at 928-638-9909. The Town operates from a Town Hall located on 845 Mustang Drive at the Grand Canyon Airport.

Water in Tusayan is private. The South Grand Canyon Sanitary District provides wastewater services and provides reclaimed water. The main road in Tusayan is State Route 64 which is owned by the State of Arizona Department of Transportation. The Town does not own any roads. For more information, please visit Helpful Links page.

The Grand Canyon Airport is owned and operated by the State of Arizona Department of Transportation. For more information, please visit

There is a Library outside the Town in Grand Canyon National Park. There is also a separate, independent school district within the park –

Fire and emergency services are provided by Tusayan Fire District –

Public safety service is provided by the Coconino County Sheriff Department –


Bio - Mayor John Rueter

Mayor John Rueter, like many, first came to the canyon from the Midwest as a young child with his family. He, along with them, returned many times to hike the canyon and, after high school, he moved here. He worked for the concessionaire at first, both on the South Rim and at Phantom Ranch.

He has lived in Tusayan, Valle and Grand Canyon for 25 years. He was a member of the first elected Town Council in 2010. He previously served as Chairman of the South Grand Canyon Sanitary District for 2 terms overseeing the reuse and plant expansion. John has been an Arizona ADEQ Certified Water and Wastewater operator for 17 years. He drove a water truck, worked as a welder, an equipment operator, held a real estate license, and managed a manufactured home park. He has been involved with various infrastructure projects in the area including manufactured home parks, wastewater treatment plants, water storage projects and water conservation and reuse. He is CEO of Hydro Resources Inc., Valle Hydro Inc. (both small water systems) and oversees small wastewater plants. Prior to returning to Tusayan, he pursued a career in geophysical survey work all over North America including the Rocky Mountains, the West Coast and Alaska. He then settled in Alaska for a time and continues to return on a regular basis to catch fish, see old friends and enjoy the scenery.

His favorite Council projects are broadband connectivity expansion, trails, parks and recreation, water reuse and conservation, and expanded housing opportunities. John’s favorite activities are playing pedal steel guitar (for over 30 years), songwriting and recording, reading, walking and hiking.

Bio - Councilmember Al Montoya

Councilman Montoya was born and raised in New Mexico but has lived in the Grand Canyon/Tusayan Area since April 1995. He has worked for Papillon Helicopters as the Photo Lab Manager for Las Vegas and the South Rim for the past 13 years. He has served on the Grand Canyon School Board and the Grand Canyon Rotary Club. He was appointed to the first Tusayan Town Council and then elected in November 2010. He was re-elected again in 2012 and is currently serving a four-year term. Mr. Montoya served as Vice Mayor from February 2012 to November 2014.

Mr. Montoya is raising two sons who are Students of the Grand Canyon School District. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping and spending time in the outdoors with his sons.

About the Town Council

The town council is the elected governing body of the town, vested with the regulatory and corporate power of a municipal corporation.

Only the council may establish town policy and approve the town budget. The council is responsible to the people of the town for the actions of the local government.

The council directs the course of local government through its power to pass ordinances, levy taxes, award contracts, and appoint certain town officers (such as the Town Manager and town attorney) and members of town committees and commissions. The Mayor, who is also a member of the council, signs official documents, chairs council meetings, and acts as the official head of the town at public and ceremonial occasions.

The Town of Tusayan has a town council made up of a mayor and four council members. The mayor is directly elected and the council members are elected at large to overlapping, four-year terms. The council members choose the Vice Mayor from among the council.

Regular town council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m., although this is subject to change. Regular council meetings are open to the public. Council meetings are held at the Town Hall, 845 Mustang Drive.