City Manager Names First Director of Office of Accountability & Transparencyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2132City Manager11/8/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2132/Newsroom_RogerSmith_2021.jpgCity Manager Names First Director of Office of Accountability & Transparency<div class="ExternalClassA7C90FC726904E17962F652B9F53723D"><html>​City Manager Jeff Barton has named Roger Smith as the city's first Director of the Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT).<br><br>The Phoenix City Council first approved the new office last year, finalizing the specific duties of the office in June. This includes monitoring or investigating members of the Phoenix Police Department and ensuring complaints against officers are handled fairly and objectively.<br><br>The new office may also provide recommendations for training, policy, and disciplinary actions.<br><br>"The Office of Accountability and Transparency is a first for Phoenix, and it is an important milestone," said Mayor Kate Gallego. "Our goal is to use data, mediation, and transparency to rebuild trust between the police department and the community. We are very fortunate to have found a person who has deep experience in this work. I look forward to working with OAT Director Roger Smith as we forge a transparent, inclusive path forward."<br><br>Smith brings to the role extensive experience investigating complaints of misconduct against police employees. He currently leads the Office of Professional Standards (OPS) for the city of Cleveland. This office investigates 200-300 allegations of misconduct against Cleveland police officers annually. <br><br>Under his direction, the OPS works directly with the Department of Justice on dozens of provisions in the City's consent decree with the Department of Justice. <br><br>Prior to his work with Cleveland, Smith worked in New York City including nine years as Counsel for the city's Civilian Complaint Review Board.<br> <br>“The community was clear in its feedback that we needed to hire a person who is trustworthy, honest, independent and objective. Roger has proven himself as someone with these important attributes," said Barton. “We are confident he has the right education, experience and character to build trust in our community and build a foundation for success with this new office."<br><br>“My work in leadership positions with civilian oversight in two cities with large police forces has prepared me for the unique challenge to introduce this type of work in Phoenix," Smith said. “I am confident as we lay the foundation for this new office with feedback from all stakeholders throughout the community, we can create a stronger city for everyone." <br><br>As a University of Southern California Law School graduate, Smith previously worked as an Assistant District Attorney and as an agency attorney for the New York City Department of Corrections. He also has a B.A. in History and M.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.<br><br>He begins his new role on December 6.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerRoger SmithCity Manager@phxcitymanagerPhoenix Police, Office of Accountability and Transparency, OAT, Roger SmithDan Wilson, Director602-760-6660602-495-5901daniel.b.wilson@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/87/Dan_Wilson.jpgPHXCityManagerRoger Smith, the city's first Director of the Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT), starts December 6, 2021.



Former Eye Opener Restaurant gets New Life helping kick off new ventures along Hatcher Road.https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2444Planning and Development8/12/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/s3KZdWm2AwQ Former Eye Opener Restaurant gets New Life helping kick off new ventures along Hatcher Road.<div class="ExternalClass305E4A1FF9DE4F39ACDC7561FC5B6DCA"><html> <p> <span data-offset-key="clmos-0-0">This new adaptive reuse project could be one of many new ventures along Hatcher Road. Check out the "Eye Opener's" conversion from a restaurant to a vintage furniture showroom with help from staff & Councilwoman Deb Stark.</span>​</p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddVideo
Phoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2443Fire8/12/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2443/dog 2.jpgPhoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pet<div class="ExternalClass5E97A77AC0C4452DBAAAF32F7FCB410C"><html> <p>​</p>Phoenix firefighters rescued a dog from a smoke-filled apartment in Phoenix on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire near 19th Avenue and Dunlap and arrived to find a single apartment filled with heavy black smoke. <br><br>Upon arrival, fully turned-out firefighters from Engine 960 conducted a thorough search of the apartment; that's where they found an unresponsive dog. Firefighters carried the dog out of the apartment and quickly began resuscitation efforts.<br>​<br>Phoenix firefighters from stations 20 and 60 worked together to deploy a <a href="https://thefetchfoundation.com/fido-bags" target="_blank">'Fido Bag'</a>: Fido Bags are life-saving tools that are supplied to local fire departments and professional K9 Handlers from <a href="https://thefetchfoundation.com/home" target="_blank">the Fetch Foundation</a>.<br><br>Fido Bags contain reusable oxygen masks that have been specially designed to fit the nose of small pets including cats and rabbits and will also fit the muzzle of a large dog.<br><br>First responders on the scene used bottles of water to cool down the dog as they used the oxygen from the Fido Bag to help resuscitate it. <br><br>Thanks to support from the Automatic Aid System, the Glendale Fire Department was also on the scene and assisted with the efforts. <br><br>As the dog laid on the sidewalk receiving treatment, the owners watched from a distance. After a few minutes the dog regained consciousness and began to wag its tail. Shortly after, the dog was happily reunited with its family.<br><br><p>The Phoenix Fire Department wants to thank the Fetch Foundation for its support. The Fido Bag system offers pets across the Valley the best chance of survival in the case of an emergency.​​<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNews
Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridgehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2441Street Transportation8/11/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2441/USDOT Rio Salado bridge presser.jpgPhoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge<div class="ExternalClassE151A7F15FF6451AAC5144BFB56747CC"><html> <p>​U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application for the grant earlier this year.<br></p><p>WATCH: <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2442">Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conference​</a><br></p><p>Phoenix will use the discretionary federal funding to construct the long-proposed Rio Salado Bike and Pedestrian Bridge, that will cross the river bed in alignment with 3rd Street and create impactful connectivity between south Phoenix and the city's downtown region.</p><p>When completed, the bridge will provide residents without a motor vehicle, or who prefer not to drive on every trip, with a safe option to cross the Rio Salado and gain improved access to jobs, schools, services and other opportunities. The bridge also will offer a convenient connection to the currently under construction South Central Light Rail Extension, and provide residents with increased recreational and exercise options with its proximity to the trails within the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area.</p><p>In addition to the construction of the bridge, the project will include solar lighting upgrades along the existing Rio Salado pathway from Central Avenue to 40th Street.<br></p><p>Updates about the project and information regarding future community feedback opportunities will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdStreetRioSalado">3rd Street Rio Salado Projects webpage</a>. <br></p><p>Congress dedicated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects like this one that have a significant local or regional transportation impact. RAISE funding is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed by Congress in November 2021.​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews



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