[Source: Scott Wong, Arizona Republic] — Frank Fairbanks, Phoenix’s longest-serving city manager who steered the city through two decades of extraordinary growth and three economic recessions, will retire this fall. In private phone calls this morning, Fairbanks told Mayor Phil Gordon and other City Council members that he will step down as the city’s top non-elected official on Nov. 5. The council will conduct a national search for his replacement, though several of Fairbanks’ deputies are expected to put their names forward.
Fairbanks, who is 62 and has been eligible to retire for the past decade, said he is leaving the city with a balanced budget and strong management team in place. “This has to happen sooner or later. I will not live forever and I will not work here forever,” the Phoenix native and third-generation city employee told the Republic. “I just think the timing is good. The reason to announce now is to give them (the council) time to select somebody.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]