The Phoenix mayor and City Council will hold a public meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct.26, in Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., regarding the selection of a new city manager. The public is invited to comment. This meeting will follow the 9 a.m. executive session where the mayor and city council will meet to consider the selection of, and interview the finalists for, the position of city manager.
The candidates being considered include Phoenix deputy city managers David Cavazos, David Krietor, Rick Naimark, and Ed Zuercher. To learn more about each candidate, click on their individual name or photo. The Arizona Republic’s article on the four nominees, and commentary on The Men Who Would Be Frank by former Arizona Republic columnist, Jon Talton.
[Source: Andie Abkarian, Roosevelt Action Association] — As part of City of Phoenix budget cuts, the Parks Department has eliminated security in downtown’s Margaret T. Hance Park. Out of $13,500,000 cut from the Parks budget, the Parks Department chose to eliminate overnight park security at Hance Park for an estimated cost savings of $50,000. The neighborhood was told that the Police Department will monitor security at the park as part of their regular patrol, but neighbors are concerned that (1) Phoenix police officers are already overwhelmed with regular patrols and (2) there is no way Phoenix police officers can adequately keep the park safe without dedicated foot patrols into the depths of the park throughout the night.
The Roosevelt Action Association asks interested persons to ASAP call and/or e-mail the following representatives requesting an immediate reversal of this decision. On May 20, RAA representatives will meet with city staff.
- Mayor Phil Gordon: 602-262-7611
- Councilman Michael Nowakowski: 602-262-7942
- Deputy City Manager Rick Naimark: 602-534-9803
- Parks Director Sara Hensley: 602-262-4986
For more information on what you can do to help or for more details on the buget cut, send an e-mail or call Andie Abkarian (480-600-8826), Catrina Knobel (480-579-2998), or Mike Hall (602-258-6048).