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City Manager Names New CFO, CIO, and Chief Innovation Officerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2061City Manager9/14/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2061/Newsroom_Chief_Officers.pngCity Manager Names New CFO, CIO, and Chief Innovation Officer<div class="ExternalClass2980F9B9928A4E34BFD279A3F5CB1A1B"><html>​Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has named three key additions to his executive team: Kathleen Gitkin as the city's Chief Financial Officer; Steen Hambric as Chief Information Officer; and Michael Hammett as the city's first Chief Innovation Officer.  <br><br>“Kathleen, Steen and Michael all have a solid track record of serving the interests of our residents at the highest level, including spending wisely, taking an innovative approach to issues facing our city, and engaging the community to be part of the solution," said Zuercher. “They each bring unique skills and experiences that will enhance our diverse executive leadership team." <br><br><strong>CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER KATHLEEN GITKIN</strong><br>As Chief Financial Officer, Gitkin will be responsible for all aspects of the city's fiscal portfolio, including debt management, capital financing, treasury services, procurement, tax and licensing, and the acquisition and management of the city's real estate holdings, as well ensuring the city retains its excellent bond rating. Gitkin has served as acting chief financial officer since July 16, 2021. <br><br>Gitkin began her city career in 2004 as an accountant and advanced to the assistant finance director position before being named acting CFO. During her city career, she has managed a wide range of accounting and financial functions and is widely known by the city's banking and financial partners and bond-rating agencies for her exceptional work on the city's behalf. Gitkin holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. She has served on the City of Phoenix Employee Retirement System board, the Phoenix Community Development and Investment Corporation board, and the Deferred Compensation Board, and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.  <br><br><strong>CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER STEEN HAMBRIC</strong><br>As Chief Information Officer, Steen Hambric will be responsible for leading the city's Information Technology Services (ITS) department and federated IT management services over Sky Harbor International Airport, Water Services, Phoenix Police, and Phoenix Fire. Hambric has over 33 years of IT experience at the federal and local levels, with 17 of those years in executive leadership. Since 2017, he has championed many large-scale city projects including a multi-year, citywide telephone and network project upgrade and has implemented several initiatives with COVID-related federal dollars to bring free Internet connectivity to residents throughout Phoenix. Hambric has served as acting chief information officer since May 14, 2021.<br><br>As acting CIO, Hambric has focused on fostering coordination and collaboration among city departments for citywide IT projects and initiatives, strengthening the city's cybersecurity, and drafting the city's first Strategic Technology Plan in over a decade, to prioritize financial and personnel resources as well as key IT initiatives. Before arriving in Phoenix, Hambric worked for the United States House of Representatives for 18 years in high-level information technology leadership positions. He also served for 11 years as a Combat Engineer Officer for the Army National Guard and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management Information Systems, from the University of Southern Mississippi. <br><br><strong>CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER MICHAEL HAMMETT</strong><br>As the city's first Chief Innovation Officer, Hammett will work from the City Manager's Office to continue building on the city's 2021 Gold certification from What Works Cities, the national standard of excellence for data-driven, well-managed local government. He will continue to lead Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge initiatives, performance measurement reporting and dashboard projects, and other citywide innovation efforts. Hammett has led the citywide What Works Cities process since 2017, multiple Cities of Service-funded initiatives to foster resiliency in under-invested communities, and has led the Phoenix team that was named one of 24 Champion Cities in the 2018 Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, and most recently as one of 50 Champion Cities in the 2021 Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge. The Mayors Challenge is a competition to identify and implement innovative solutions to the most pressing issues facing cities around the world.<br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><br>After an award-winning career in local television, Michael joined the city of Phoenix in 2006 as a public information officer, serving in various departments and as the communication's lead for the Phoenix City Council. He recently served for six years as the Chief Service Officer, before his most recent role as deputy communications director.  Hammett holds a BA in Broadcasting from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU and in 2015 completed a Master of Science in Global Technology and Development from ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS), College of Global Futures. He is a founding alumni board member for both the </span>SFIS and the newly established College of Global Futures, and serves on the Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteering.<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerGitkin, Hambric & HammettCity Manager@CityofPhoenixAzCFO, CIO, InnovationDan Wilson602-760-6660602-495-5901daniel.b.wilson@phoenix.gov https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/44/Dan_Wilson.jpgFelicia Thompson602-999-0683602-534-6375felicia.thompson@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/16/Felicia_Thompson.jpgPHXCityManagerKathleen Gitkin, right, Steen Hambric, middle and Michael Hammett left named to new executive level positions

 

 

COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impactshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561Emergency Management & Homeland Security9/23/2021 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClass5FBC9769AF154323B90903D5392FFAAC"><html> <p>​<strong>We're in this together!</strong> Looking for help? Find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page. Residents with questions about city services and programs are encouraged to call <strong>(602) 262-3111</strong> or e-mail <a href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">contactus@phoenix.gov</a>​. ​​​​​​​​Phoenix small businesses needing help can call the Phoenix Community and Economic Development hotline at <strong>(602) 262-5040</strong>.</p> <h3>Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<br></h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399" target="_blank">Find upcoming testing dates and locations, either on-site or with Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van. Select sites now also offer Vaccinations! Learn more.</a> </p><h3>Vaccine Fact Sheet</h3><p>Download information about the currently approved vaccines.<br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-English.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - English (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Spanish.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - Spanish (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Chinese.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet- Chinese (PDF)</a><br></p><h3>Masks Required in City Buildings Regardless of Vaccination Status</h3><p><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1917" target="_blank">On May 19, 2021 the Phoenix City Council updated the Face Coverings information to automatically adjust with CDC guidance. On July 27, 2021, the CDC updated that guidance to require masking indoors in communities with substantial or high virus transmission rates, regardless of vaccination status. Effective Monday, August 2, 2021​, masks are required in all city buildings. As previously decided by the Council, private businesses may set their own policies regarding face coverings applicable to their employees and customers. </a>(<strong>Note: </strong>The airport and public transit remain covered by the Federal mask mandate.) <br></p><h3>Downtown Phoenix Buildings Are “By Appointment Only”​<br></h3><p>​<a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1084">Public access to the following downtown city of Phoenix buildings is currently by appointment only ​</a><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>Phoenix City Hall – 200 W. Washington St.<br>Calvin C. Goode Building – 251 W. Washington St.<br>Phoenix Public Transit Building – 302 N. First Ave​</p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p> </p> <h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a href="/resources" target="_blank">Additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to COVID-19. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan</h3> <p> <a href="/COVIDrelief" target="_blank">Information and updates on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more.</a> ​<br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security9/23/2021 4:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClass5AA48D8CE0E848C99F51599E56A9DAF1"><html> <div class="ExternalClassFA4EFB964BD142158CA446F5807F9C77"> <br> <h2>​COVID-19 Testing<br></h2><p>We're all in this together. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash" target="_blank">#COVID19</a> testing with no out-of-pocket cost. The city of #PHX now has two #COVID19 mobile testing vans out in the community. See also list of <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561" target="_blank">COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts.</a> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #1: </strong><a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">Vincere Cancer Center</a><br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #2: </strong><a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">Premier Lab Solutions</a><br></p><h2> Vaccinations<br></h2><p>Select events marked with <strong> <span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> offer COVID-19 tests and vaccines! For other vaccine locations see <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations">Maricopa County Vaccine Finder</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.vaccines.gov/search/">Vaccines.gov seach</a>.<br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</span></p><h3>Thursday, September 23, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 850 E. Hatcher Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85020<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, September 24, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cholla Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> 10050 N. Metro Pkwy E. Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, September 25, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 6601 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Palo Verde Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 4402 N 51st Ave., Phoenix AZ 85031<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, September 27, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> El Prado Park<br> 6428 S. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85041<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert West Community Center<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6501 Virgina Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85035<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, September 28, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, September 29, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert Sage Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 7602 W Enancto Blvd., Phoenix AZ 85035<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, September 30, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cortez Park<br> 3434 W. Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p> ​ ​ ​<br>​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Critical Incident Briefing: September 10, 2021 7th Avenue and Willetta Streethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2080Police9/24/2021 10:03:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/CJV3YUqEuuICritical Incident Briefing: September 10, 2021 7th Avenue and Willetta Street<div class="ExternalClass1FB58C88A1744D05BCB6F52B856D3DB3"><html> <p></p>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised. <br> <br>The Phoenix Police Department released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to a death investigation that occurred after a man was detained by police on September 10, 2021, near 7th Avenue and Willetta Street.<br><br>The incident began when Phoenix police received multiple reports of a male walking naked in the street. <br><br>The man in this incident was later identified as 28-year-old Jessee Rickman. <br><br> “…he was in the, the median, like the middle lane, uh, just walking down the street completely naked," reported one 9-1-1 caller. <br><br>When officers first arrived, they saw the Rickman in the middle of the road, naked, appearing upset, and making non-sensical statements.  Additional officers were called to the scene. <br><br>Officers tried to detain Rickman in order to move him out of the roadway. He resisted, resulting in a struggle and him going to the ground. During the struggle, Rickman kicked officers and hissed at them. It took officers about three minutes to place Rickman in handcuffs.<br><br>Rickman's legs were secured with a RIPP restraint which was linked to his handcuffs and a spit hood was also placed on his head.  A RIPP restraint is a device used to secure the legs of an individual to minimize their ability to kick. A spit hood is a mesh cloth material that prevents a person from spitting on others while still allowing them to breath. <br><br>He was then put on his side, in what is known as the recover position, while officers on scene requested the assistance from the Phoenix Fire Department. <br><br>Rickman was moved to a seated position on the sidewalk while waiting for paramedics. When Phoenix Fire Paramedics arrived, they began evaluating Rickman. About 10 minutes into the evaluation, an officer realized that Rickman had lost consciousness. Phoenix Fire began lifesaving measures and transported Rickman to a local hospital where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. <br><br>The officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Mountain View and Central City Precincts. They range from 23-50 years of age and have between two and 17 years of service with the Phoenix Police Department. <br><br>There were no injuries to officers or other community members.<br> <br>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.<br> <br>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. Therefore, you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo

 

 

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