Ted Weill has been a desert resident for 19 years and was appointed to the City Council on December 20, 2012. In April 2014 he was elected to a 2- year term winning over 73% of the vote. Ted was overwhelmingly reelected in April 2016 to a four year term and became Mayor on April 21, 2016.
He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from Pepperdine University, graduating with honors.
Ted served in the U.S. Navy, assigned to the U.S.S. Randolph, an aircraft carrier stationed in the Middle East. After completing his service, he moved to California in an executive training program with ABC Television. His passion was real estate where he formed Weill Financial Corporation. His company was involved in the development of master planned communities in California and Nevada and recreational vehicle parks. Ted has been active in banking and has taken a company public that was listed on the stock exchange.
He was Chairman of the Planning Commission where he served for six years and Co-Chairman of the Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board.
As a member of the City Council, he represents the City and is a Board Member of the Transportation Committee to the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), Chairman of the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy, and member Cove Communities Services Commission which includes the Joslyn Senior Center, Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), the Bighorn Institute and is a delegate to the Palm Springs Unified School District.
He is on the Sustainability Subcommittee and has been active in pursuing alternate forms of energy including the installation of solar at City Hall, the library and the maintenance facility.
Ted is a member of the Special Assistance Fund (SAF) Subcommittee which directs the City in regard to charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations. He has recently introduced changes in SAF's policy to provide funding to a greater number of deserving organizations.
Other activities include being a representative to the McCallum Theatre, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Coachella Valley Animal Campus, Public Safety Committee and alternate delegate to the SunLine Transit Agency Board. He is a member of the Rancho Mirage City Golf Club Subcommittee.
His strong real estate background provides to the City Council his expertise on the Affordable Housing Design Subcommittee which includes the San Jacinto (senior units) and Monterey Village (families). He has been actively involved in coordinating the purchase and development of the Rancho Las Palmas shopping center, a major visual link to our city. He has been a major contributor to the reopening of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, which had been closed for seven years. Ted is active in the rejuvenation of The River shopping center.
He is active in the planned development of Section 19, the area that will be the future economic engine of the City. The 269 acre property is bordered by Bob Hope Drive to the west, Dinah Shore Drive to the south, the I-10 to the north and undeveloped land in the City of Palm Desert to the east. The area is planned for 3 million square feet of mixed use residential, commercial, retail and entertainment.
He is a member of the Eisenhower Medical Center Subcommittee and works cooperatively with representatives of Eisenhower Medical Center to ensure an effective partnership between the Medical Center and the City.
He introduced legislation to the City Council that limited a resident member to one Commission appointment, thus creating an opportunity for other residents to participate on City Commissions.
Ted was on the Board of Directors of the Hereditary Disease Foundation and his family was involved in the formation of United Cerebral Palsy. He has been a strong supporter of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Other charitable interests include the Rancho Mirage Public Library Foundation, Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, Palm Springs Art Museum, Tolerance Education Center, Desert Aids Association, American Cancer Society and Braille Institute.
Ted and his wife Jenny have two children and five grandchildren.