City of Phoenix Memorial Day Holiday Noticehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2357City Manager5/25/2022 11:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2357/_Newsroom_CityHall_2022.jpgCity of Phoenix Memorial Day Holiday Notice<div class="ExternalClass0D3075E9D60D4B89AD53D376EA1EDCD6"><html> <p> ​<span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">City of Phoenix offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Here's how City services are affected:​</span><br></p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><strong>Solid Waste Collection</strong>:</span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Trash and recycling will be collected as usual. There will be no change in collection day. Please always place your trash and recycling containers four feet apart at the curb by 5:30 a.m.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><strong>Transfer Stations:</strong> </span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">The 27th Avenue and North Gateway</span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/publicworks/garbage/disposable"><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Transfer Stations</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> will be closed on Monday, May 30. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><strong>Library:</strong></span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Phoenix Public Library locations are closed on Monday, May 30. All Phoenix Public Library book drops and digital/ eResources are available 24/7. Visit </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/"><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">phoenixpubliclibrary.org</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> for more details.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><strong>Parking Meters:</strong></span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> All</span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/streets/parking-meters"><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">parking meters </span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">are enforced 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><strong>Parks and Recreation Facilities</strong></span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><strong>:</strong> City of Phoenix Community Centers will be closed on Monday, May 30. </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/parks/parks"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Parks</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> and </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/parks/trails"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">trails</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> are open for their regular hours – please review </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/parks/trails"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">“Take a Hike. Do it Right."</span> </span></a><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">safety guidelines before visiting a trail.</span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/parks/arts-culture-history/pueblo-grande"><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Pueblo Grande Museum</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> will be closed on Monday, May 30.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><strong>Public Transit:</strong></span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">On Monday, May 30, Valley Metro will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no RAPID and </span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">E</span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">xpress bus service. Customer Service </span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">will be closed</span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">.</span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> Metrocenter, Sunnyslope, Ed Pastor and Central Station transit centers also will be closed.</span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Visit</span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">valleymetro.org</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> for more information.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Updated Draft Drone Policies Available for Reviewhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2273City Manager5/10/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2273/Police_Newsroom_Drone.pngUpdated Draft Drone Policies Available for Review<div class="ExternalClassFE0A7EDB183B4474AFB14CA0E1A13E4E"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix is committed to embracing technologies that improve service delivery to the public while protecting the safety and privacy of its residents. The integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called "drones", technology by the City in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is intended to enhance existing departmental capabilities and service to the community.​</p> <p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </p> <br> <h2>Resources<br></h2> <p> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3goK1xk-5S0" target="_blank">Watch Recorded Version of Drone Policy Presentation (Video)</a> </p> <div style="box-sizing:border-box;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;"> <p> <a href="/piosite/Documents/Drones/2022_UAS_Community_Meetings_Presentation_03_30_22.pdf" target="_blank">View Drone Policy Community Meeting Presentation (PDF)</a> <br> </p> <p> <a href="/piosite/Documents/Drones/PHX_Unmanned_Aircraft_Systems_Drones_FAQ_May_2022.pdf" target="_blank">City of Phoenix Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) Community Meetings Frequently Asked Quest​ions (PDF)</a> from community engagement meetings held in March and April 2022.​<br></p><p><a href="https://Phoenix.gov/PIO/Drones" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/PIO/Drones​</a><br></p> </div> <h2>Policy Drafts Before Public Meetings<br></h2> <p>Draft policies are available for review including the city-wide Administrative Regulation which outlines the purpose of the drone as well as policy requirements focused on the privacy and safety of Phoenix residents, businesses, visitors, and the general public.<br></p> <p> <a href="/piosite/Documents/Drones/UAS_Drones_Draft_AR.pdf" target="_blank">UAS Drones Draft Adminstrative Regulation (A.R.) 03-15-22 (PDF)</a> <br> </p> <p> <a href="/piosite/Documents/Drones/UAS_Fire_Department_Draft_Policy_03_11_22.pdf" target="_blank">UAS Fire Department Draft Policy 03-11-22 (PDF)</a> <br> </p> <p> <a href="/piosite/Documents/Drones/UAS_Police_Departmental_Draft_Policy_03_15_22.pdf" target="_blank">UAS Police Department Draft Policy 03-15-22 (PDF)</a> <br> </p> <h2>Policy Drafts After Public Meetings<br></h2> <p>After a series of public mee​tings were held (listed below), community feedback and Phoenix City Council input, the Administrative Regulations, as well as the proposed Police Department Fire Department Policies have been updated to reflect the ideas and concerns raised.<br></p> <p> <a href="/piosite/Documents/Drones/UAS_Drones_Draft_AR_1-56_05_09_22.pdf" target="_blank">Revised UAS Drones Draft Adminstrative Regulation (A.R.) 05-09-22 (PDF)</a> <br> </p> <p> <a href="/piosite/Documents/Drones/UAS_Fire_Department_Draft_Policy_05_09_22.pdf" target="_blank">Revised UAS Fire Department Draft Policy 05-09-22 (PDF)</a> <br> </p> <p> <a href="/piosite/Documents/Drones/UAS_Police_Departmental_Draft_Policy_05_09_22.pdf" target="_blank">Revised UAS Police Department Draft Policy 05-09-22 (PDF)</a>​<br><br></p> <br> <em> <strong>Original April 11, 2022 Article</strong> </em> <br> <br>The City of Phoenix is seeking public input as it develops a new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) “drone" program. <br><br>The Phoenix City Council voted on February 16, 2022 to approve moving forward with a drone program which includes meetings throughout the city where members of the public can help craft the policies and procedures.<br><br>The City has established several opportunities for the public to comment on these draft documents.<br><br>The following meetings are currently available, with more still to be scheduled in council districts throughout the city.<br><br><table width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><br></td><td></td><td><br><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Meeting</strong></td><td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Date</strong></td><td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Location</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>District 1: Councilwoman Ann O'Brien</p><p> </p><p> </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>February 28, March 7, 8, 9</p><p>March 25, 7:30AM</p><p>April 19, 7:00PM  </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p> </p><p>Double Tree Hotel 10220 N. Metro Parkway</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">District 2: Councilman Jim Waring</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday, April 4 following 8:30AM budget hearing<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="https://phoenixpublicmeetings.webex.com/phoenixpublicmeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee9a672aee96a83c78af0b479185584a2" target="_blank">Webex- Translation Available​</a><br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">District 3: Councilwoman Debra Stark</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, March 16 at 6PM</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Patina Mountain Preserve - 1431 E. Dunlap</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">District 4: Vice Mayor Laura Pastor</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, March 30 at 6PM</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="https://cityofphoenix.webex.com/cityofphoenix/j.php?MTID=m1d979f247e57b12452a7b82d1671f35f" target="_blank">Webex</a>- Translation Available</td></tr></tbody></table>​<br><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default">District 5: Councilwoman Betty Guardado </td><td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default">Tuesday, March 1 Neighborhood Leaders Meeting<br><br>Wednesday April 27<br></td><td style="width:33.3333%;" class="ms-rteTable-default">Webex- Translation Available<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixpublicmeetings.webex.com/phoenixpublicmeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=e673022a1afb2c898bf40f6332b150dbc">Webex-</a> <br><a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixpublicmeetings.webex.com/phoenixpublicmeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1b886da541c414909439a8d89375be5e">Spanish attendee link​</a><br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">District 6: Councilman Sal DiCiccio</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, April 6 at 6PM<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="https://cityofphoenix.webex.com/cityofphoenix/j.php?MTID=mc704a8ab581f3a1f2a393421ea8b618e" target="_blank">Webex- Translation Available​</a><br><a target="_blank" href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/cityofphoenix.webex.com/cityofphoenix/j.php?MTID=m7309e454feb3a7b9ae670ea0506d8e43__%3b%21%21LkjWUF49MRd51_ry%21MeerbSWFEpB8hfS6sdnHhEc2e68oKLps1NhHRwRP-FXUU026VnB-2rjeTVBxgipPVOf0uKYbgQ$">Spanish Webex link​</a><br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">District 7: Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tuesday, April 5 at 6PM<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvc-ihpz4vGNfPjwTLMEH-lCq2uxyFYk-8" target="_blank">Zoom​</a><br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">District 8: Councilmember Carlos Garcia</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tuesday, March 29 at 6PM<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="https://cityofphoenix.webex.com/cityofphoenix/j.php?MTID=m2bd4909988b352e90140e7aca69a611a" target="_blank">Webex-​ Translation Available​</a><br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">City-wide</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="/policesite/Documents/Transparency/UAS%20Community%20Meeting_NoticeOfPublicMeeting-VirtualMeeting_3.28.22.pdf" target="_blank">Monday, March 28 at 5PM<br></a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="/policesite/Documents/Transparency/UAS%20Community%20Meeting_NoticeOfPublicMeeting-VirtualMeeting_3.28.22.pdf" target="_blank">Webex- Translation Available​<br></a></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align:center;"><br><br></div></td></tr></tbody></table>Once approved, Phoenix will join more than 1,500 public safety agencies across the country and at least three dozen in Arizona using drone technology.<br><br>If you are unable to participate in an online meeting or want to leave additional comments, you can email them to <a href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">contactus@phoenix.gov</a>​​.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Chief Williams to Retire After 33-year Career as Police Officer, 11 as Chiefhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2330City Manager5/3/2022 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2330/Newsroom_CityHall.jpgChief Williams to Retire After 33-year Career as Police Officer, 11 as Chief<div class="ExternalClass4B45FAE58B764E3097C127FF6F8D2FA9"><html> <p>​ Police Chief Jeri Williams has informed Phoenix city leadership she intends to retire after an impressive 33-year career in law enforcement.<br><br>“After much prayer and consideration and in consultation with my family and city leadership, I have decided to make a change," said Chief Williams. “There is never a perfect time to transition but the time feels right for me now to step aside. Just like when I felt called to do this job, I also feel called right now to go in a new direction, allowing me the rare opportunity to prioritize family and explore future endeavors."<br><br> Williams started her career with the Phoenix Police Department in 1989, working the same streets she grew up on with fellow Maryvale High School classmate and recently retired Phoenix Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner. Williams worked through the ranks eventually becoming an Assistant Chief before moving to Oxnard California in 2011 to serve as the Police Chief. She returned to the Phoenix Police Department in 2016 as Police Chief.<br><br> “Chief Williams has devoted her professional career to the city she loves," said City Manager Jeff Barton. “Her passion for this community, her leadership through challenging times and her commitment to reforming and evolving the Phoenix Police Department will be missed as she makes this decision to retire."</p> <p> <a href="/newsroom/police/2329" target="_blank">In a retirement announcement​</a>, Chief Williams notes some of the accomplishments she's most proud of during the last nearly six years as Phoenix Police Chief, which includes everything from becoming fully compliant with the requirements for <a href="https://8cantwait.org/" target="_blank">#8CANTWAIT</a> to something as simple as getting cell phones for officers. Other noted accomplishments include:</p> <ul> <li><p>Body Worn Cameras<br></p></li><li><p>Documenting every time an officer points a weapon at someone </p></li> <li><p>Implementing less lethal response to encounters which has prevented some officer-involved shootings</p></li> <li><p>Obtaining a new records management system</p></li> <li><p>Standard processes like updating policies and procedures to mirror the changing expectations and demands of the community</p></li> <li><p>Being transparent by showing the public Critical Incident Videos in 14-days or less </p></li> </ul> <p> Chief Williams also included one of her biggest priorities, the building of relationships with the community, among employees and with peers throughout the Phoenix area, the state of Arizona and the country.  She shared her most rewarding work has been the honor and privilege to serve as the leader of the amazing group of men and women, sworn and non-sworn, in the Phoenix Police Department. <br></p> <p>Williams has committed to continue to lead the department while city leadership identify the right individual to temporarily take the helm of the State's largest law enforcement agency.  City Manager Jeff Barton intends to hire an external interim chief, someone who will not be the permanent chief but instead will guide the department through the currently open <a href="/police/doj" target="_blank">Department of Justice civil pattern or practice investigation</a>. A nation-wide search for a permanent replacement will happen at a later date.​<br></p> <p> <a href="/newsroom/police/2329" target="_blank"> <strong>Read Chief Williams' complete statement.</strong> </a> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
City Announces New Face Mask Requirements After CDC Eases Guidelineshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2253City Manager2/28/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2253/_Newsroom_CityHall_2022.jpgCity Announces New Face Mask Requirements After CDC Eases Guidelines<div class="ExternalClassAF9BC1C55540480E950658E1F2BF00A2"><html> <p></p><div>Today, the City of Phoenix updated its Face Mask Policy. Members of the public who are visiting a city facility with an appointment, can do so without having to wear a mask when Maricopa County is at a low or medium community risk level. This decision follows an announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which activated a <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html" target="_blank">new set of measures​</a> that will allow people who are healthy and living in counties where the coronavirus poses a low or medium <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html" target="_blank">community risk level</a>, to stop wearing a face mask in public settings.<br></div><div><br></div><div>As of Feb. 28, 2022, Maricopa County is at a medium risk level, so effective immediately, a face mask will not be required for most people entering a city building. The exceptions to this change include locations that serve Aviation (Sky Harbor International Airport), Public Transit (ValleyMetro bus and light rail service), and the Municipal Court. The Aviation and Public Transit Departments must continue to adhere to other federal requirements and the Municipal Court must continue to adhere to requirements issued by the Arizona State Supreme and Maricopa County Superior Courts.</div><div><br></div><div>A medium risk level means in the last seven days, there have been fewer than 200 people (per 100,000) admitted to local hospitals for COVID-19. The new CDC guidance makes it clear that that despite the risk level, if you are immunocompromised or at <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html" target="_blank">high risk for severe illness</a>, you should consult with your doctor before going into any public setting without a mask.</div><div>Although the City has updated the face mask policy, it is important to remember that COVID and other illnesses are still present, and no one should enter a city building with any symptoms of illness.</div><div><br></div><div>Appointments are still required at <a href="/newsroom/public-works/1084" target="_blank">downtown City of Phoenix buildings</a>. Online requests for City services are available at <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/myphx311" target="_blank">myPHX311</a>. City Council meetings <a href="/cityclerk/publicmeetings/city-council-meetings" target="_blank">remain virtual with options to request to speak or comment online</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>Staying up to date on vaccines and wearing masks can protect everyone from severe illness and they help reduce the potential impact to the local healthcare system. There are many convenient and local options to receive a<a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561" target="_blank"> free COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster shot</a>. COVID-19 <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561" target="_blank">testing options</a> also remain available.</div><div><br></div><div>It's important to stay up to date on the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html" target="_blank">community risk level​</a>, as this will have a direct and immediate impact on the City's face mask policy. Should the risk level in Maricopa County increase to a high category, the City will reinstate face mask requirements.</div><div><br></div><div>You may continue to wear a face mask in City buildings if that is your personal preference.​​<br><br></div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Phoenix Mayor and City Council Declare Juneteenth a City Holidayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2228City Manager2/3/2022 2:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2228/_Newsroom_Juneteenth.jpgPhoenix Mayor and City Council Declare Juneteenth a City Holiday<div class="ExternalClassE317223919D3429EA3C2C5BF10F58D24"><html> <p>Mayor Kate Gallego and the Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to designate June 19 of each year as a city holiday in observation of Juneteenth. </p> <p>Juneteenth celebrates freedom and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia, a Union general arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. This put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation issued more than two and a half years earl​ier by President Abraham Lincoln.<br></p> <p>As part of the resolution approved by the Mayor and Council, Juneteenth will become a paid city holiday beginning this year. As with other holidays, when June 19 falls on a weekend, as it does this year, the holiday will be celebrated on the Friday before in cases where it falls on a Saturday or on Monday when the holiday falls on Sunday. ​</p> <p> City offices will be closed for Juneteenth on Monday June 20, 2022. City services available that day will follow a similar pattern to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day or Cesar Chavez Day. </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Fire Chief Appointed to Lead Phoenix Fire Departmenthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2214City Manager1/25/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2214/Newsroom_Fire_2022_Chief.jpgFire Chief Appointed to Lead Phoenix Fire Department<div class="ExternalClass6241F6F394E74D32BE6DCB9AFE857299"><html>​City Manager Jeff Barton announced today the selection of Michael Duran as the new Chief of the Phoenix Fire Department.<br><br>Duran will take over as Fire Chief upon the retirement of Chief Kara Kalkbrenner, on February 22.<br><br>Duran is a seasoned Phoenix firefighter and leader, having spent 27 years with the department. He is currently an Assistant Chief, supervising the Medical and Support Service Division. His division accounts for roughly 85 percent of all Fire Department dispatches.<br><br>Duran is also leading the implementation of the Community Assistance Program (CAP). The CAP, approved by Mayor Kate Gallego and the Phoenix City Council, sets aside $15 million dollars for the first-of-its kind program to improve the crisis response for behavioral and mental health calls in the community.<br><br>“Mike Duran has been a valued leader throughout his years of service, and especially recently as he has overseen the expansion of the Community Assistance Program in response to the mental health crisis," said Mayor Gallego. “I am confident Chief Duran will ensure our city's firefighters provide quality protection and life safety services and will be a valuable mentor and ethical leader to grow the next cohort of public safety teams integral to our community."<br><br>Prior to his current role as Assistant Chief, Duran was Deputy Chief of the Central Division and a Division Chief of Facilities Management and Homeland Defense Bureaus.  <br><br>“Mike is a visionary strategist who I'm confident will help move our organization forward," said City Manager Jeff Barton. “His strong communication skills and meaningful experience developing and maintaining relationships within the city, community, and business partners will be invaluable as he takes on the role of Chief."<br><br>He spent the early years of his career in the field as a Firefighter, Engineer, and Captain, where he developed a deep understanding of the fire service, emergency response models, and how best to serve our diverse community.  As a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) AZ Task Force-1, he has provided service in high profile events such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Florence and has provided public safety planning for the Super Bowl and College Football Playoffs. <br><br>“As the Fire Chief, I will prioritize innovative opportunities to improve the safety and services of our system," said Chief Duran. “I am committed to creating a positive and equitable environment while promoting the development and sustainability of our organization." <br><br>A married father of three, Chief Duran is a Phoenix native and second-generation firefighter.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Phoenix Names New Deputy City Managerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2205City Manager1/19/2022 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2205/Newsroom_CMO_001.pngPhoenix Names New Deputy City Manager<div class="ExternalClassB23BF4991B30417CB3A6E73A2B5BB9B8"><html>​Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton announced Wednesday that Alan Stephenson has been selected as Phoenix’s newest Deputy City Manager, effective January 31, 2022. Stephenson has worked for the city for 21 years and has served as Planning and Development Director since 2013.<br><br>“Alan is very respected within the planning and development community,” Barton said. “During his career he has been fortunate enough to work on and lead several significant projects for the city. He’s also helped to craft multiple pieces of legislation at the Arizona State Legislature on bills dealing with impact fees, short-term rental impacts, citizen participation, and development process improvement.”<br><br>Some of Stephenson’s notable city accomplishments include his work on Edge Treatment Design Guidelines around the Sonoran Preserve, Reinvent Phoenix Transit Oriented Development Plans, Walkable Urban Code and the adoption of the city's General Plan in 2015 (which was approved by 76% of voters). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Valley Partnership.<br><br>“I’m excited to take my passion for new ideas and creative solutions to the next level,” Stephenson said. “This will be a great opportunity to continue working with Phoenicians as they make the best city in the country even better.”<br><br>Stephenson, a Phoenix native, has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Environmental Planning, both from Arizona State University. He will continue to oversee Planning and Development until a new director is named.​<br><br><p><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager
Phoenix is One of 15 Cities to Win Global Mayors Challengehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2202City Manager1/18/2022 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2202/Newsroom_Bloomberg2022.pngPhoenix is One of 15 Cities to Win Global Mayors Challenge<div class="ExternalClass246FE40995C441BE9ED25D455E3F1D07"><html>​Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the City of Phoenix is one of 15 cities awarded $1 million dollars in the 2021-2022 Global Mayors Challenge. The worldwide innovation competition supports and spreads the most promising ideas that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.<br><br>Phoenix' award-winning innovation is a data-directed Mobile Career Unit (MCU) that helps unemployed residents overcome barriers and obtain employment. The MCU connects hiring employers with jobseekers, right in their neighborhoods, filling job vacancies and providing access to employment services.<br><br>“Global talent shortages are at a 15-year high, with one in three employers citing difficulty filling jobs. So, in Phoenix, we got creative and focused on coming up with new ways for employers and job seekers to connect," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Pilots of the Mobile Career Unit have successfully demonstrated it provides employers with skilled talent and results in 'on the spot' hires. This innovative approach holds great promise for getting the people of Phoenix into good jobs, and I believe it will serve as a model for communities around the world."<br><br>Mayor Gallego added, “I am thrilled that our concept for Mobile Career Units is receiving this tremendous recognition, and am deeply grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for their commitment to finding great ideas and sharing them widely."<br><br>“As the world works to address the profound public health and economic effects of the ongoing pandemic, cities can implement innovative ideas at a pace that national governments simply can't match," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg L.P. and 108th Mayor of New York City. “Our fifteen winners offer bold, achievable plans to improve health, reduce unemployment, empower women, and more. Collectively, they have the potential to improve millions of their residents' lives – and the most successful solutions will inspire cities around the world to embrace them." <br><br>In addition to the $1 million dollar award, Phoenix' Mobile Career Unit initiative will also receive technical support and coaching over three years. A targeted zip code focus is coupled with quantitative and qualitative data to determine areas in Phoenix that most need assistance. Offering trainings, interview opportunities (virtual and in-person), translation, career counseling, and supplemental supportive services, the goals of the MCU is to decrease unemployment, while boosting confidence. The MCU is the only service in Phoenix acts as this kind of mobile career “hotspot." <br><br>The 15 global winners are being recognized for designing the boldest and most ambitious urban innovations to emerge from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The winning ideas address one or more of four current issue areas in cities including economic recovery and inclusive growth; health and wellbeing; climate and environment; and gender and equality. <a href="https://bloombergcities.jhu.edu/mayors-challenge" target="_blank">Visit website</a> for more details on the 15 winning Global Mayors Challenge ideas.  <br><br>“The Mayors Challenge shows that there can be a positive legacy to emerge from all the hardship of the past two years – and that it's happening in our cities," said James Anderson, who leads the Government Innovation program at Bloomberg Philanthropies. "Now we turn to help these mayors implement their ideas, evaluate, and spread the ideas that produce big impact."<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity Manager



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