Councilmember Mike Scharnow
Councilmember Mike Scharnow started working in Fountain Hills in 1983 and has resided here since 1990. He worked at “The Fountain Hills Times” for 32 years, many of those as editor, before switching careers at the start of 2016 and becoming a financial advisor for Thrivent Financial with an office in Fountain Hills.
Mike has volunteered for a plethora of organizations and causes in Fountain Hills over the past three decades. He currently is a 25-year member of the Noon Kiwanis Club and is on the board of directors for the Fountain Hills Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Lower Verde Valley Hall of Fame Foundation and Fountain Hills Sister Cities Corp. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
He was founding chairman of the first Parks and Recreation Commission for the Town of Fountain Hills and helped provide input for the design of Golden Eagle Park, helped coordinate the first Turkey Trot and introduced the town’s first official recreation program.
Mike has served as a church elder, helped organize the VisionFH program and was part of the organizing committee that launched the Fountain Hills Leadership Academy. He was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2018 by the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1983 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, psychology and philosophy. Mike lives here with his wife, Brenda, and has two adult children who were raised in Fountain Hills. In his spare time he enjoys traveling with his wife, especially on their Harley-Davidson motorcycle.