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Phoenix to Consider Downtown Building Purchase, 911 Operators First on List to Move inhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/1967City Manager6/25/2021 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1967/Newsroom_CityHall_WellsFargo_01.pngPhoenix to Consider Downtown Building Purchase, 911 Operators First on List to Move in<div class="ExternalClass99CCFF16DECE4731B2F5617752235190"><html>The city of Phoenix is planning to purchase an office tower next to city hall to consolidate more city departments into office space and create efficiencies.  <br><br>The 27-story Wells Fargo Plaza located at 100 W. Washington is just east of Phoenix City Hall.  If purchased, the building would house multiple city departments now spread out in various locations in the downtown area. <br><br>The city would purchase the 525,000 square feet of office space for approximately $46.5 million.  Purchase costs would be offset by the sale or lease of surplus city property.<br><br>Among the first city employees to move into the new location would be 911 operators who are currently housed in two different locations, including the basement of the police headquarters at 620 W. Washington.  The purchase would address aging infrastructure and avoid a minimum of $50 million in needed renovations at that location.<br><br>“It's not often in the real estate world that an opportunity comes along that is ideal in terms of location and needs while also making smart financial sense," said City Manager Ed Zuercher.  “This building shares a campus with Phoenix City Hall on the same block as the Phoenix Municipal Court and the Calvin Goode Building.  The new office tower will allow us to further bring city employees and the services they provide to a single location in money saving consolidation move so those dollars can be used for other community needs."<br><br><p>The deal must still be approved by the Phoenix City Council.  The Council will vote on the proposal at the July 1st meeting.​<br><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Phoenix City Council Approves Millions in Federal Funds to Support Communityhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/1943City Manager6/9/2021 3:15:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1943/Newsroom_Default_01.jpgPhoenix City Council Approves Millions in Federal Funds to Support Community<div class="ExternalClassBEC4E5C901FD4CB9A123CE7203937747"><html>The Phoenix City Council <a target="_blank" href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-8-21%20Policy%20Agenda%20-%20Final.pdf">voted Tuesday to spend $198 million in federal funds​</a> to support communities hit hard by COVID-19 including small business owners, workers affected by the economic impact of the pandemic, low-income families, youth programs and the arts.<br><br>The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed by the President in March.  The money is designed to address the negative economic impacts of COVID-19.<br><br>The city is funding programs that address two priorities: financial investment in the community and city operations such as infrastructure, technology, and revenue replacement. <br><br><strong>COMMUNITY INVESTMENT</strong><br>The Council set aside the bulk of the ARPA funds, $143 million, to support vulnerable populations, businesses, and those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. <br><br>Some of those funds will be spent as follows:<br><ul><li>$28m: Financial assistance for low-to moderate-income families, including rent, utilities, and internet assistance for those in need.</li><li>$35m: Business and employee assistance programs including a new workforce training facility, tuition assistance, and services to promote job training and placement.</li><li>$31.5m: Care for vulnerable populations including mental and behavioral health support services for those experiencing homelessness, funds for veterans impacted adversely by COVID-19, and support for safe respite centers providing relief from the summer heat.</li><li>$5m: Arts and culture support including grants, worker support, and an arts internship program for student artists.</li><li>$28m: From early childhood education to laptops and Wi-Fi hot spots for students preparing for college, these funds would support youth programs including sports, recreation, and after-school programs.</li><li>$9.7m: Money would be used to feed those in need, preserve local farmland and support areas struggling with high food insecurity and hunger rates.</li><li>$5m: Fund for better health outcomes are focused on providing testing and vaccinations for COVID-19.</li></ul><strong>CITY OPERATIONS</strong><br>The Council voted to use $50 million for infrastructure, technology, capital needs and revenue replacement, including the following key areas: <br><ul><li>$23m: This money will be used to address key projects that were put on hold or made worse because of the pandemic.  For example, during the pandemic, residents needing to apply for assistance through the Human Services Department were unable to do so easily online because they city's outdated Case Management System doesn't allow for online applications.</li><li>22.4m: Unlike other Federal funds, ARPA funds can be used for revenue replacement, such as that experienced by the Phoenix Convention Center which was severely impacted due to the downturn in travel, tourism, and hospitality.  The funds would support the Convention Center's financial recovery efforts.  </li></ul>The city of Phoenix will receive a total of $396 million in ARPA funds over the next two years.  The recent Council vote only addresses the first payment of $198 million.  Spending for the distribution expected in the Spring of 2022 will be determined at a future date.<br><br>The city will also set aside $5 million in the event the federal government changes guidance to allow funds to be used in a new area of concern or if an approved program uses all its funds prior to the next payment from the federal government.<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
City Council Creates New Office of Accountability and Transparencyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/1914City Manager5/20/2021 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1914/Newsroom_Accountability_02A.pngCity Council Creates New Office of Accountability and Transparency<div class="ExternalClassE3EEA764D10643278B564C2EB7967746"><html>The Phoenix City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday establishing the new Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT). The OAT will have the ability to conduct independent investigations into the conduct of the city's police department.<br><br>The council first approved the establishment of OAT in February 2020. Today's vote approves the governing language outlining the duties of the office. Council members previously approved funding for the new office.<br><br>The role of OAT includes monitoring or investigating members of the Phoenix Police Department. The new office may also provide recommendations for training, policy, and disciplinary actions.<br><br>According to the approved language, the role of the OAT is to ensure complaints against officers are handled fairly and objectively, including a thorough and fair investigation.<br><br>The next step in establishing the OAT will be to hire a Director. OAT staff cannot have been in law enforcement previously or be the family member of law enforcement. There will be community involvement in the hiring process.<br><br>Once hired, the OAT Director and staff members will monitor or investigate use of force, in custody deaths, and other community complaints, and then make recommendations on whether the investigation was sufficient, along with any suggested discipline or needed policy changes.<br><br>Regular reports from the office will be available publicly as part of the city's transparency efforts designed to educate and inform the community.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Ginger Spencer and Gina Montes Named Deputy City Managershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/1852City Manager4/14/2021 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1852/Newsroom_DeputyManagers_2021.jpgGinger Spencer and Gina Montes Named Deputy City Managers<div class="ExternalClass3414EC6B158145BC9ECF7D777EF88CE8"><html> <p>After a national recruitment, Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has named Ginger Spencer and Gina Montes deputy city managers, effective May 10, 2021. Spencer and Montes will oversee a variety of departments and functions in the fifth largest city in the nation, with more than 14,000 employees.</p><p> <br>“Ginger and Gina bring to their new roles strategic expertise and experience that will enhance and complete our executive leadership team," said Zuercher. “Both have vast experience leading some of the largest public-facing departments in their respective cities and have been on the frontline, navigating through the pandemic. This experience will be critical as we continue to rebound as a city."</p><p><br>Montes has served in local government for 26 years, most recently as assistant city manager for Avondale, Arizona, overseeing a diverse range of city services including police, fire and finance.  She began her local career at the city of Phoenix as an internal auditor and was promoted to a variety of positions including deputy city auditor and deputy director of the Human Services Department before being named founding director of Avondale's Neighborhood and Family Services Department. She is active statewide having served as president of the Arizona City/County Management Association. </p><p><br>Montes holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Christian University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has completed a certificate program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.</p><p><br>Spencer began her career in local government at the city of Phoenix in 1998, serving as a management assistant in a variety of departments. She served as director of the Family Advocacy Center, acting administrator of the Office of Arts & Culture, special assistant to the city manager and deputy and assistant Public Works director, before being named Public Works director in 2017. She is a recognized national leader in solid waste, recycling, and the circular economy and was recognized by Emerging Local Government Leaders in 2018 as one of the top 100 influencers in local government. Spencer also leads the city's COVID-testing efforts to ensure access and equity for the city's most vulnerable communities. </p><p><br>A native Phoenician, Spencer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. </p><p><br>The city of Phoenix has a Council-Manager form of government. The city manager is appointed by the Mayor and City Council and is responsible for the city's day-to-day management and operations of the city. The city manager's executive team includes an assistant city manager and six deputy city managers overseeing more than 30 departments that provide critical city services, including public safety, water and trash collection, as well as managing the city's finances and budget.<br></p><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
City, PLEA Reach Tentative Contract Agreement Facilitating Police Transparency & Accountabilityhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/1843City Manager4/2/2021 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1843/Newsroom_PhxBirdPolice_01.pngCity, PLEA Reach Tentative Contract Agreement Facilitating Police Transparency & Accountability<div class="ExternalClass12F2CA6998D0464893EC43E3CD9A78A9"><html> ​The city of Phoenix and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that includes several reforms designed to provide greater transparency and accountability and foster trust between police and the community.<br><br>The tentative Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and PLEA will be presented to the Mayor and Phoenix City Council for approval in the<a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/4-7-21%20Formal%20Agenda%20-%20Final.pdf" target="_blank"> April 7 Council meeting​</a>.<br><br>The MOU addresses several community concerns including keeping officers' disciplinary history accessible to police department supervisors and the public, removing barriers in misconduct investigations and ensuring the rights of civilian oversight committees to investigate officers.<br><br>The specific changes include the following:<br><ul><li>Removal of language warning a citizen about possible criminal charges if they file a false complaint against a police officer. The language has the effect of potentially discouraging residents from alerting the city about police officer conduct.</li><li>The Chief of Police now has discretion to take immediate action, setting a pre-termination meeting for an officer involved in a job-related felony crime.  The new contract eliminates any waiting period allowing the chief to take swift and decisive disciplinary action as appropriate for the situation.</li><li>Clarifies language that explicitly allows non-police city of Phoenix investigators, such as a civilian oversight committee to investigate officers. </li><li>Employees will no longer be allowed to use vacation time in lieu of a suspension.</li><li>Removes language that provides police employees identified as a witness in a case the ability to meet with the union prior to an interview with investigators.</li><li>The new contract outlines 10 categories of past discipline which cannot be removed from consideration as supervisors assign progressive discipline, transfers and promotions.  Discipline related to these categories will remain available for consideration for the full length of an employee's career:  </li><ul><li>Abusive or threatening attitude, language, or conduct towards fellow employees  </li><li>Accepting fees or gifts which would lead toward favoritism or the appearance of favoritism or a conflict of interest</li><li>Intentionally falsifying records or documents</li><li>Stealing </li><li>Alcohol or illegal drug use on the job</li><li>Violation of city anti-harassment or anti-discrimination policies</li><li>City Ethics Policy violations</li><li>Dishonesty</li><li>Felony crime </li><li>Class 3 violation of use of force</li></ul><li>Update current language on purging/inactivating files to accurately reflect that the official Human Resources file is not purged.</li><li>PLEA will no longer have a representative on the grievance committee when an officer files a grievance.  Instead, a representative from another union will join two management representatives on the committee to ensure an impartial review.</li></ul>The proposed contract also includes a salary increase for officers consistent with the increase provided to other non-sworn labor group and city employees in the fiscal 2021-22 budget.<br><br>If approved by the council, the new MOU and the pay increase would take effect with the new fiscal year on July 1.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
City of Phoenix Selects Chad Makovsky as Next Director of Aviation Serviceshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/1642City Manager12/1/2020 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1642/Newsroom_CMO_0004.jpgCity of Phoenix Selects Chad Makovsky as Next Director of Aviation Services<div class="ExternalClassA2F20605E30A41B7935526DBF10F7880"><html> <p></p> <p>Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher today announced that Chad Makovsky will be the next Director of Aviation Services for the city of Phoenix, concluding a competitive, nationwide hiring process.  Aviation Services in Phoenix includes executive leadership of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT), and Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR). </p> <p> Chad has served as Executive Vice President – Operations for Dallas-Fort Worth Internationa l Airport since March 2017.  Prior to this, he was an Assistant Aviation Director for the Phoenix Aviation Department, responsible for oversight, leadership and planning of operations, safety, design and construction, and facilities at Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix Deer Valley and Phoenix Goodyear airports. Chad has nearly 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, including leadership positions at Hollywood Burbank Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, in addition to DFW and Phoenix.  Chad holds a bachelor's degree in aviation operations and management from St. Cloud (MN) State University, and a master of business administration from Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business. </p> <p> “Chad brings remarkable airport leadership experience, combined with a deep understanding of Phoenix city government and the operations of our three airports. He represents a bright future for effective collaboration between the Aviation Department and the city's airports, employees, business partners, surrounding neighborhoods and the larger community.  Chad is the complete package, including his commitment to public service, business acumen and relationship-building talents," said Ed Zuercher, Phoenix City Manager.</p> <p> “Between the moving of cargo and support operations to the north side of the airport, the completion of the Phoenix Sky Train and the expansion of the National Guard's footprint on the south side, there is a lot happening at Sky Harbor and throughout our airport system," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Chad's deep experience in Phoenix and nationally will be immensely valuable in bringing those projects to completion." </p> <p> “Chad is an accomplished leader with broad aviation experience who brings expertise in operations, strategic planning, capital improvement, business and economic development. He is a seasoned professional with an outstanding track record at Phoenix Sky Harbor; his return to the airport will seamlessly navigate us into the future," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chair, Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee.</p> <p> “The Phoenix system of airports continues to be exceptionally well run as evidenced by the Wall Street Journal's recent recognition of Sky Harbor as best large airport in the U.S., and other recent awards.  I am thrilled to be given the opportunity rejoin the Phoenix leadership team, and to again work alongside an extraordinarily dedicated team of industry professionals.  I remain committed to ensuring the Phoenix system of airports provide world class services and amenities to our customers while reflecting the values of the community we serve," said Chad Makovsky. </p> <p> Chad will assume the director role in Phoenix on March 29, 2021, after completing his commitments to DFW.  Interim Director of Aviation Services Charlene Reynolds will continue to lead the Aviation Department until that time.   </p> <p> Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America's Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrived at and departed from Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the Airport. </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Phoenix Names Jeff Barton Deputy City Managerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/1003City Manager2/28/2020 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1003/Newsroom_Budget_001JB.jpgPhoenix Names Jeff Barton Deputy City Manager<div class="ExternalClassBC7F64D803EC40E7AAF64461E780CD62"><html> <p>Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has named Jeff Barton as the city’s newest Deputy City Manager, overseeing multiple departments and functions in the more than 14,000-employee​​​ organization. <br></p> <p>“Jeff has a proven track record at the city of Phoenix as a leader who understands the city’s finances and operations, and the important balance between the city and the community and innovative solutions” said Zuercher. “Joining Phoenix’s top management team is an opportunity for Jeff to contribute on a wider scale, while making a significant impact on our day-to-day work for the customers of Phoenix.” <br></p> <p>Over a 21-year career Barton has worked in a variety of roles that focused on the city’s sound financial stewardship. Most recently, Barton served as the city’s Budget & Research Director, where he was responsible for the planning, forecasting, and management of the city’s $4.4 billion operating budget and $7 billion five-year capital improvement program. Under Barton’s tenure the department implemented new five-year forecasting and modeling of expenses and revenues, to more accurately plan for future funding and address potential budgetary challenges early. Prior to that role, Barton served as a Deputy Budget & Research Director, providing guidance and support to 20 city departments and functions in developing funding plans for their current and future needs. Barton also worked as a Management Assistant and in multiple internal auditing positions.</p> <p>“Phoenix has been my home for more than 20 years and this new opportunity is both an honor and a blessing to be able to contribute my skills and abilities at a higher level to the community and city employees,” said Barton.  “I am committed to continue being a leader with integrity and resilience using a collaborative focus so all of us who call Phoenix home are proud to live and work here.”</p> <p>The City Manager’s Office provides professional administration of the policies and objectives established by the Mayor and City Council, and provides leadership to  city departments to ensure achievement of their departmental objectives and the objectives of the city government as a whole.​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager

 

 

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