Frank Fairbanks staying on as Phoenix city manager

[Source: Casey Newton, Arizona Republic] — City Manager Frank Fairbanks will spend a 19th year as Phoenix’s top non-elected official, saying he wants to help guide the city through unprecedented budget cuts next year.  Fairbanks, 62, signed a contract through December 2009.  He could leave earlier, either by his choice or the City Council’s, but neither outcome is seen as likely.  “He’s the heart and soul of the city,” said Mayor Phil Gordon, a strong Fairbanks supporter.  “It would be my desire that he stay at least as long as I remain.”

Fairbanks has worked for the city for 36 years and has been city manager since 1990.  He makes $236,995, and will make $242,446 beginning July 1.  The raise represents a 2.3% increase, the same as was given to the city employees represented by the Laborers’ International Union of North America.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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