Tait Elkie – 2023 Inductee

Tait has lived in Fountain Hills since July of 2007 and married his wife Michele in July of 2008. They had their first date at Fountain Park. They have one daughter Emi-lie, who is 7.

Tait has been a licensed attorney in Arizona for more than 20 years and has maintained a law practice in Fountain Hills since July of 2008.

During his time in the Hills, he was a Town Councilman from 2010 to 2014, served as an attorney mentor for the Teen Court diversion program through the Fountain Hills Municipal Court, is a member and former Commandant of Marine Corps League Detachment #1439 and is a member and former Color Guard Rifleman and Judge Advocate for VFW Post No. 7507.

He also is a member and former Color Guard Rifleman for American Legion Post No. 58, and a 2018 American Legion National Color Guard Champion in the Military Class; he’s past president of the Fountain Hills Republican Club and the club’s 2015 Republican of the Year; he is a former Chamber of Commerce board member, is past president of the Sunset Kiwanis Club and a former director of the Fountain Hills Community Foundation.

A long-time supporter of the Fountain Hills Drug Prevention Coalition, Tait also on November 11, 2011, organized a Veterans Appreciation Day at Fountain Park, which was attended by hundreds in honor and memory of our veterans.

In 2012 and 2013 he organized Fourth of July celebrations at Fountain Park, which brought back an Independence Day celebration to Fountain Hills after being absent in town for many years.

He currently serves as the judge for the East Valley Regional Veterans Court, which serves the needs of veterans charged with misdemeanor offenses in seven different East Valley courts, including the Fountain Hills Municipal Court.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1989 to 1993 and participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, 1990-1991, and Operation Re-store Hope, Somalia, 1992-1993.

In 2008 and 2012 he was honored as one of Arizona’s Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education.