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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

 

 

Phoenix Gets Additional Housing Vouchers, Higher Fair Market Rent Rates for Voucher Holdershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/2509Housing9/30/2022 8:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2509/newsroom _housing_001.pngPhoenix Gets Additional Housing Vouchers, Higher Fair Market Rent Rates for Voucher Holders<div class="ExternalClassACA83BCD159D4DBA994372153FA7143F"><html> ​ <span style="font-size:12pt;">​The City of Phoenix now has more Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) to help low-income renters have access to safe, decent, affordable housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded 88 new HCVs to the city’s Housing Department, marking the first non-competitive, general-purpose voucher increase in quite some time. The Housing Department currently has 7,162 vouchers, with the additional 88 becoming effective on October 1.</span> <br style="font-size:12pt;"><br style="font-size:12pt;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;">Additionally, the money tied to HCVs will now go much further in Phoenix with the newly released Fair Market Rents (FMR) from HUD. Annual FMRs refer to the amount of money needed to cover rent and utilities on 40% of rental housing in a given area. While most of the country’s FMRs will increase by about 10% on Oct. 1, Phoenix has seen so much rent growth recently that FMRs will be going up by more than 30%.*</span> <br style="font-size:12pt;"> <br style="font-size:12pt;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;">These numbers are important because the Phoenix Housing Department uses them to determine Payment Standards -- how much money a voucher recipient can receive. The increase to FMRs elevates the value of vouchers, giving more opportunities for voucher holders to find rental housing in the private market. Currently, Phoenix’s HCV Payment Standards are set to 120% of FMRs.</span> <br style="font-size:12pt;"><br style="font-size:12pt;"> <br style="font-size:12pt;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;">*Table 1. Fair Market Rents (FMR) Year-to-Year % Increases for Phoenix, AZ</span><br style="font-size:12pt;"> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p> <table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">1-Bedroom</span><br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2-Bedroom</span><br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">3-Bedroom</span><br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">4-Bedroom</span><br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2018 to 2019</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​7%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​6%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​5%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​5%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2019 to 2020</span>​<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​10%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​9%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​8%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​8%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2020 to 2021</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​8%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​7%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​5%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​5%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2021 to 2022</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​6%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​5%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​3%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​3%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2022 to 2023</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​34%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​33%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​31%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​31%<br></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNews
City of Phoenix Recognizes Ten Years of 'Paint Phoenix Purple' —​​​​​​​ a Domestic Violence Awareness Campaignhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2508Human Services9/30/2022 7:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/mgbPXKyb4tICity of Phoenix Recognizes Ten Years of 'Paint Phoenix Purple' —​​​​​​​ a Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign<div class="ExternalClassA5937701E6C94B378C75465E0DC51B4B"><html> <p>October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — raising awareness around one of the most widespread and dangerous health and safety challenges in our community today. <a href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" target="_blank">Paint Phoenix Purple</a> is a City of Phoenix awareness campaign brought to you by a collaboration of more than 50 community, private, and public organizations. <br><br>In December of 2012, the Mayor and City Council endorsed the goal to end domestic violence in Phoenix. In April 2013, that plan was approved. Here are just a few accomplishments over the last 10 years:<br></p> <ul> <li> <p>Created and distributed more than 80k resources to community partners with information on local shelters, safety planning, and identifying domestic violence</p> </li> <li> <p>Created a centralized screening hotline for placement in local shelters</p> </li> <li> <p>Offered trainings classes to City of Phoenix employees and the community on subjects such as the Arizona Child & Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI) and domestic violence in the LGBTQIA+ community</p> </li> <li> <p>Reached more than 75k students through outreach events at local high schools with lunch time resource fairs, football and volleyball games, and classroom trainings</p> </li> <li> <p>Raised approximately $12k through an online store created for City employees and community members to purchase Paint Phoenix Purple merchandise to wear during the month of October; proceeds benefited the <a href="https://www.acesdv.org/" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.acesdv.org/" target="_blank">Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence</a> (ACESDV)</p> </li> <li> <p>Collected more than 30k items including toiletries, cleaning supplies, new clothing, pet items, and prepaid cell phones for local shelters through an annual donation in conjunction with ACESDV <br></p> </li> </ul> <p>Additionally, the City’s <a href="/humanservices/programs/victims/fac" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/victims/fac" target="_blank">Family Advocacy Center</a> (FAC) made major strides forward, including:<br></p> <ul> <li> <p>Launched an Order of Protection Pilot program in February 2014 – the FAC worked with other valley law enforcement to develop service processes when orders obtained in Phoenix must be served elsewhere</p> </li> <li> <p>In February 2016, FAC received Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding from the Arizona Department of Public Safety to implement a mobile victim advocacy project, allowing the expansion of service delivery beyond the walls of the FAC </p> </li> <li> <p>Victim Services Division developed a new electronic system for assigning referrals to Victim Advocates in December 2019, allowing Advocates to spend more time providing services to crime victims<br></p> </li> </ul> <p>Join the City in recognizing this important initiative all throughout the month. See a calendar of events below and <a href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" target="_blank">more details here</a>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><a style="text-align:center;background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" target="_blank"><img style="width:550px;height:678px;" border="0" vspace="0" hspace="0" alt="Paint Phoenix Purple 2022 Calendar.PNG" align="middle" data-placement="custom" src="https://action.phoenix.gov/users/myteam46126/Media5918.png?1664561562650" /></a><br></p><p>​If you or someone you know is a victim, please call 1-800-799-HELP (7233) or <a href="/police/domesticviolence" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/police/domesticviolence" target="_blank">visit this page for more resources</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideo
Papago Park All-Abilities Fishing Dock Ready for All FIshershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2507Parks and Recreation9/30/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2507/Papago-Park-ADA-Accessible-Fishing-Dock.jpgPapago Park All-Abilities Fishing Dock Ready for All FIshers<div class="ExternalClass9D567A4C559F4A76B16AC7158AA83F1E"><html> <p>​To increase fishing access for everyone at Papago Park, the Parks and Recreation Department is unveiled an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved covered fishing dock on Thursday, September 29, 2022.<br></p> <p>Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio and the Parks and Recreation Department worked with The Mission Continues, a 9/11 veteran's group, to help build the dock, that will ensure everyone, regardless of ability, is able to fish and enjoy the outdoors. </p> <p>“Fishing is a great pastime that any person, of any ability, should have access to," Councilman Sal DiCiccio said. “I am proud to have worked with our City and other partners to expand accessibility in meaningful ways for our residents, and I encourage you to come check out the new dock!" </p> <p>“This unique dock will help ensure people of all abilities can enjoy all that Papago Park has to offer," Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar said. “It is a small step toward our goal to provide all residents with access to recreation amenities."</p> <p>To make accessibility even easier, the location for the fishing dock is on the largest pond adjacent to the main parking area which includes multiple ADA parking spaces.  <br></p><p>The fishing dock is located at 625 N. Galvin Parkway next to the main entrance of Phoenix Zoo. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

 

 

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