Ed Zuercher was appointed Phoenix City Manager in October 2013. In this role, Zuercher reports to the Mayor and City Council as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Phoenix, overseeing the largest council-manager form of government in the United States, with 15,000 city employees, including seven employee unions and associations. He encourages city employees to focus on working smart, spending wisely and being kind to customers in order to provide outstanding, innovative, and effective services at an affordable cost. In 2017, Phoenix was recognized by Governing Magazine and Living Cities as the top city in their inaugural Equipt to Innovate survey, which recognizes Phoenix's capacity and compliance in high performing governance.
Working with the Mayor and City Council, he is responsible for a city budget of $4 billion, including airport, water/wastewater, solid waste, convention center, transit system and general city services. Zuercher’s 26-year career with the city started as a Management Intern and included Assistant to the City Manager, Public Transit Director, Deputy City Manager, Mayor’s Chief of Staff, and Assistant City Manager. He serves on the boards of directors for Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and the Valley of the Sun United Way. He received his Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and his B.A. in English/secondary education from Goshen College in Indiana. Prior to his time at the city of Phoenix, Ed taught high school English and American History. He enjoys life in central Phoenix and spends free time exploring Phoenix's incredible mountain and desert preserves.
Areas of Responsibility
Phoenix City Hall
200 W. Washington St., 12th floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003