Town Leadership

2017 Tusayan Town Council Left to right: Councilor Al Montoya, Vice Mayor Becky Wirth, Mayor Craig Sanderson, Councilor John Schoppmann, and Councilor David Chavez

2017 Tusayan Town Council
Left to right: Councilor Al Montoya, Vice Mayor Becky Wirth, Mayor Craig Sanderson, Councilor John Schoppmann, and Councilor David Chavez


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 tusayantownmanager@gmail.com 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 http://www.azdot.gov/.

There is a Library outside the Town in Grand Canyon National Park. There is also a separate, independent school district within the park – http://www.grandcanyonschool.org/.

Fire and emergency services are provided by Tusayan Fire District – http://www.tusayanfire.org/.

Public safety service is provided by the Coconino County Sheriff Department – http://www.coconino.az.gov/sheriff.aspx?id=395.

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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 18 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 2016 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; the youngest is attending Grand Canyon School District, the oldest works as an aircraft mechanic for Papillon and attends Coconino Community College. Councilman Montoya’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping and spending time in the outdoors with his sons.

Bio - Councilmember John Schoppmann

Councilman Schoppmann was born and raised in Page, AZ but has been living in Tusayan since January 2013. He has worked for Papillon as the Maintenance Manager since this time. He served on the Tusayan Planning and Zoning Commission from September 2014 until appointed to the Tusayan Town Council in September 2015. In August 2016, he was once again appointed to the Town Council and is currently serving in this seat.

Councilman Schoppmann is a family man including a wife, children and grandchildren that are his pride and joy! Councilman Schoppmann’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family.

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 2nd 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.