Breaking Barriers: Meet the Women Leading the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Departmenthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2293Parks and Recreation3/30/2022 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2293/Parks-female-leadership-for-Newsroom.pngBreaking Barriers: Meet the Women Leading the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department<div class="ExternalClass4D74E8DA854E4E7186C933D0C9ED2274"><html>​The views from the 16th floor of Phoenix City Hall are endless and intriguing. Beyond the cityscape structures of downtown Phoenix, many natural structures stand. If you're facing north, Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak are easy finds. Turn east, and, with a squint, you'll find Papago's Hole in the Rock. One more turn to the right and South Mountain will take center stage. <br><br>Look down and you'll catch the iconic rabbit, owl and fox of Margaret T. Hance Park. Off in the distance to your one o'clock, Cesar Chavez Park is just big enough that you may spot it, (with some help from a Parks department employee).<br><br>Woven into the fifth largest city in the U.S. are more than 200 miles of hiking trails and 185 parks. At the helm of one of the City of Phoenix's largest department are five strong women, who share the responsibility of maintaining community centers, playgrounds, hiking trails, lakes, ponds, pools and more. <br><br><strong>Meet the Women Leading Phoenix Parks and Recreation</strong><br><br>Half of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Parks management team are women, and many work 16 stories high in Phoenix City Hall, yet these female leaders got their start on the ground floor and in the field.<br><br>Paving the way for part-timers is Director and Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Cynthia Aguilar and Tracee Hall. Aguilar started with the department in 1997, working as a part-time recreation leader with the afterschool program at Loma Lina Elementary School. <br><br>Aguilar is the second consecutive female to run the department. She oversees the entire department including a staff of 1,480, and is leading the charge to create a Parks master plan, focused on inclusivity across the City. <br><br>Hall's first job with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department was working part-time at the South Phoenix Youth Center for the Teens in Training program as a job counselor, helping youths find jobs in the area.<br><br>In her role as Assistant Director, Hall currently oversees the Northeast, South, Natural Resources and Special Operations divisions. She currently has many major projects on her plate such as the Cesar Chavez Community Center (opening summer 2022), repairs to the Eastlake Pool, Aquatics hiring, land recognition signage and the Cholla Trail realignment project. <br><br>In 2018, Deputy Director of the Management Services Division Theresa joined the Parks and Recreation Department after having worked for more than a decade in various city departments. A mother herself, Faull has passed her own mom's message down to her daughter. <br><br>Faull said a former female supervisor served as her mentor, who instilled the philosophy of awareness in Faull, saying to become aware of the big picture and to be knowledgeable of all happenings within the City, making the transition to another major department doable and seamless. In her position, Faull is responsible for managing the department's budget and accounting, information technology, procurement, and administrative services.<br><br>Deputy Director of the Northwest Division Jan Sherwood started her career in the Parks and Recreation Department in 1996 working at the Cave Creek Sports Complex, now named for Rose Mofford, as a recreation leader. More than two decades later, Sherwood oversees 51 parks, five community centers and three neighborhood centers. <br><br>The Northwest Division produces four major special events every year: the PHXam Skateboard Contest, After Dark in the Park, Light Up and Boofest. <br><br>Northeast Division Danielle Poveromo first worked as a park manager for the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Project. When she first started in the maintenance field, many men questioned whether if Poveromo was in the right job. <br><br>In leading the Northeast Division, Poveromo oversees 65 parks, six community centers and two art facilities. Her team also provides oversight of four non-profit operators including the Shemer Art Center, Thunderbird Arts Center, Mountain View Community Garden and the Roadrunner Farmers Market.<br><br>According to the latest data (2020) by the National Park Service, men have always, and still largely, outnumber women in the park's workforce. As of 2020, 5,829 of the National Park Service's more than 15,000-person workforce is female. Aguilar said she's proud of the female leadership who helps lead Phoenix's department. <br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks and Recreation Female Leadership Standing In Front of Phoenix Logo at City HallParks & RecAdam Waltz602-781-1334602-534-6648adam.waltz@phoenix.govPhoenixParksFrom the field to City Hall



Phoenix Fire and Local 493 Host Annual RBOhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2948Fire12/6/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/Hkfygd50EPcPhoenix Fire and Local 493 Host Annual RBO<div class="ExternalClassAD63F804788E4CC9A8CDFBB42B57C99B"><html>RBO is a rich and successful aspect of the Phoenix Fire Department’s history and culture.<br><br>This year marks the 34th Anniversary of our annual Relationships by Objective (RBO) annual Labor Management process. It is an important retreat that allows the Phoenix Fire Department and its partners in United Phoenix Fire Firefighters Association (U.P.F.F.A.) Local 493 to identify organizational priorities that affect our firefighters and civilian support staff. Labor management members work collectively on naming and achieving goals that are critical to helping our department thrive. <br><br>The process began in the late eighties after tumultuous challenges began to erode the relationship between fire labor and management.  The RBO process, which is now deeply institutionalized, begins with a labor management retreat during which both sides bring organizational priorities to the table.  Goals are identified and representatives from labor and management are assigned to find solutions. It allows the fire department to seamlessly come together on issues which effect our members.  <br><br>This year’s annual retreat was held at the city of Phoenix Burton Barr Pulliam Auditorium.  Approximately 75 members attended with the first order of business, to review the 2023 action items.  The event was also broadcast live on the Phoenix Fire Department’s Youtube Channel and social media.<br><br>Action items from this year’s event included development of a strategic plan, examining staffing automation, evaluating a wellness fitness initiative, reviewing the labor management team procedure, an assessment of nature code responses, healthy work hours and a work schedule assessment, career development, and a pilot program on firefighter fitness and injury prevention.<br><br>In the afternoon labor and management leaders discussed new action plans for 2024.  Some action items were carried over, such as the Strategic Plan Implementation and nature code response assessment. Others are new, such as staffing automation and integration, payroll efficiencies and solutions, developing internal and external workshops, and strategies for internal communication. Co-chairs representing labor and management were named for each new action plan. Each sub-committee will name quarterly goals and report regularly to labor management leadership.<br><br>Sometimes a group decision is not possible or not in one or both parties’ best interest. In those cases, the appropriate party (labor or management) will decide. The Fire Chief has the final decision-making authority for management decisions, and the Union President has the final decision-making authority for labor decisions. This is agreed upon by the participants and is a key to the effectiveness of labor/management process. <br><br>The beauty of the RBO process is that it is a “give and take” for both sides and the outcome usually represents what is best for the “greater good” of the organization. That is a win that both labor and management can always agree upon.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideo
Critical Incident Briefing - November 20, 2023 - 25th Drive and Earll Drivehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2947Police12/4/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/D86PxkHpX54Critical Incident Briefing - November 20, 2023 - 25th Drive and Earll Drive<div class="ExternalClass8994475272CB45F3948E2AC0310440A0"><html> <p>​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong></p> <p>The Phoenix Police Department released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on November 20, 2023 in the area of 25th Drive and Earll Drive.</p> <p>This incident originally began in the area of 24th Drive and Thomas Road when Phoenix Police contacted a man after an officer almost struck the man as he rode his bike midblock across Thomas Road. </p> <p>During this contact, the officer detained the man by escorting him to the ground. While on the ground the man did not follow commands. The officer saw a handgun in the man's waistband and order the man not to move. The man resisted and forced his way to his feet. The officer pushed the man away to create distance and took cover behind her patrol car. The man ran away west on Thomas Road. While running the man fired multiple rounds in the officer's direction.  </p> <p> </p> <p>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. </p> <p>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. This is why 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><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Phoenix Partners with Venture Café Phoenix to Host Second Hackathon Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/innovation/2946Innovation12/4/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2946/Copy of Untitled (749 x 421 px) (3).pngPhoenix Partners with Venture Café Phoenix to Host Second Hackathon Event<div class="ExternalClass17105508825A45A3B960AFDBB2F45E41"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">he City of Phoenix's Office of Innovation is teaming up with Venture Café Phoenix to host its second hackathon e</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">vent, partnering with the innovation community to develop solutions to city challenges. This time the theme is “Our Future's So Bright We've Got to Build Shade". Mayor Kate Gallego is scheduled to participate.</span></p> <p>“Expanding shade in Phoenix is one of my top priorities, not only to beautify common spaces, but especially to curb adverse health effects from extreme summer heat. That's why we are so excited to host another Venture Café event to bring our city's best minds together to brainstorm innovative ways to create additional shade. Our best ideas come from our most passionate residents, and I can't wait to see what solutions folks bring to the table," said Mayor Gallego.</p> <p>On Dec. 7, more than 30 participants will break into groups to hack innovative solutions to expand manufactured shade across the city. The teams will then present their ideas to a panel of judges and the Venture Café Phoenix community.</p> <p>The winning team will receive a grand total of $3,500 and the second-place team will receive $1,500. All funds will be divided equally among team members. <br><strong> </strong><br>In April 2023, the Office of Innovation hosted its inaugural Innovate PHX Challenge at Venture Café Phoenix, powered by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CPI). More than 100 people participated in the all-day event developing ideas to expand access to chilled drinking water in public spaces. Innovation is currently testing ideas that came out of the challenge, including heat mitigation materials.</p> <p>Phoenix residents interested in attending the hackathon can Join the City of Phoenix and Venture Café Phoenix on Dec. 7 from 5-7 p.m. at 850 N. 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.</p> <p>For more information contact <a href="mailto:innovate@phoenix.com" target="_blank">innovate@phoenix.com</a> or visit phoenix.gov/innovation.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/innovationNews



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