As Mayor, Joe has advocated for the development of a comprehensive annexation strategy that ultimately led to the successful annexation of the four-star Westward Look Resort. In addition, Joe worked to bring Leonardo Electronics to Oro Valley with a $100M investment and 170 high paying jobs. As a member of the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, Joe has championed personal visits by mayor and council to local businesses with the chamber president and town staff to improve relations between business and local government. In 2020-2021 alone, 30 new businesses opened in Oro Valley, a 12% increase.
Concerned about the amount of litter along the Town’s roadways, Joe was instrumental in developing the “Keep Oro Valley Beautiful” campaign and organized 200+ volunteers to pick up 200+ bags of litter along Oracle Road.
Mayor Winfield represents the Town of Oro Valley on regional boards at the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and the Pima Association of Governments (PAG). He is currently serving as the elected chair of the PAG.
Joe is a Registered Landscape Architect and has a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. Joe was introduced to public practice through student internships with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the National Park Service (NPS). Joe was hired by the NPS in 1985 and he worked in various positions and locations during his 32-year career. Joe was recruited by Coronado National Forest (CNF) in December 2015. As the recreation staff officer for CNF, Joe oversaw recreation, heritage, special uses, wilderness, and lands. He retired September 2019 from public service.
Community service is a priority for Joe, and he has served on the committees for the 2006 and 2016 Oro Valley General Plans; served as Vice-Chair of the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and Chaired the Oro Valley Trails Task Force. Joe served as president of the Catalina Homeowners Association and gained a reputation for integrity and fairness among the 400+ home owners.
Joe has been active in Boy Scouts of America, he is an Eagle Scout and his six sons are Eagle Scouts. He currently serves on the Executive Board for the Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council. Joe enjoys the outdoors and backpacked 30 miles with a group of scouts and adult leaders from his home in Catalina Shadows to the Catalina Mountains and back in three days. Joe and his family have been residents of Oro Valley since 1996. He and his wife have seven children and fifteen grandchildren.