Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane served for four years on the Scottsdale City Council beginning in June 2004, and began his first term as Mayor in January 2009. He was re-elected to the Mayor’s Office in 2012 and began his second term in January of 2013 Mayor Lane served on the 2002 Scottsdale Fire & EMS Advisory Committee, which was convened to evaluate and make recommendations to the city regarding the desired level of fire and emergency medical services relative to cost.
His community service also includes six years on the Scottsdale Paradise Valley YMCA Board of Management. He chaired the 1999 Kids Campaign annual fund raising effort and is currently an emeritus board member. Mayor Lane currently represents the city as a member of the Flinn Foundation’s Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee.
He is the immediate past president and a member of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, and a member of the Executive Committee of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. He is treasurer of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, a member of the Executive Committee, Economic Development Committee, and past Chair and member of the Transportation Policy Committee.
Mayor Lane also serves on the Boards of Scottsdale Leadership, Health Records Banking Alliance, the Rio Salado Foundation, the Scottsdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, a Governor’s Appointee to the Arizona Game and Fish Appointment Recommendation Board, and a member of the Municipal Tax Code Commission. Mayor Lane is the Chair of the City of Scottsdale Economic Development Council Subcommittee and economic development in Scottsdale is a main priority.
Born and raised in New Jersey, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He moved to Scottsdale in 1973 to take a position with KPMG (Peat Marwick), an international CPA firm, and worked as an Arizona CPA for twenty years with five of those years in public accounting as a financial statement auditor.
He has suspended his CPA career and is no longer in active practice. Mayor Lane has owned and operated businesses in construction, mining, computer technology, telecommunications, regional aviation and financial consulting. Mayor Lane was also an Adjunct Professor of Business and Accounting at Scottsdale Community College.
He and his wife Joanne have three adult children (Bill, Scott and Nancy) along with six grandchildren (Megan, Aislinn, Madison, Carson, Caleb and Brooklynn).