A proposed contract with new Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher shows his annual compensation package is worth about $50,000 less than his predecessor's.The contract is scheduled to be considered by the city council at Wednesday's meeting.
Phoenix voters will likely be voting on reforms of the pension system for city employees, which includes actually phasing out the program, and replacing it with a 401(k)-style plan.A right-wing group called the Arizona Free Enterprise Club started its effort to collect signatures to put this on the ... More >>
Ed Zuercher, a longtime City of Phoenix employee, has been selected as the new city manager.Zuercher had been the acting city manager since David Cavazos left the post to take the city manager's position in Santa Ana, California, in October.
The city of Phoenix announced the names of the four finalists for the job of city manager.Two of them are veterans at Phoenix City Hall, while the other two people being considered are out-of-towners.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Michael Nowakowski and City Manager David Cavazos are jetting off to Mexico on a "trade mission" to strengthen economic ties with its southern neighbor. This is Stanton's third visit to Mexico since taking office.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who pledged during this 2011 mayoral campaign to repeal the city's 2 percent emergency food tax by April 1, is not likely to deliver on that promise. Stanton says he not betraying public trust. "I believed the economy was going to be in a better place, and a lot of econ ... More >>
Phoenix police Sergeant Mark Schweikert, supervisor of a now-former Phoenix police detective accused of having sex with two teenage boys, claims that two city officials meddled in his efforts to deal with the detective's work problems. In the 22-page memo, first obtained by CBS 5 reporter Donna Ros ... More >>
It's been a tough year for Phoenix city employees -- from enduring false claims by politicos they are bilking the city with their average compensation at $100,000 to being vilified in the 2011 mayoral election, accused of bleeding taxpayers with their inflated salaries and bloated benefits.Despit ... More >>
centralphoenixinn.comPhoenix mayoral candiates met at the Lexington Hotel for a lively exchangeQuite a lively exchange at the Downtown Voices Coalition's mayoral forum at the Lexington Hotel. At most forums, candidates cleave to the their talking points and engage in political niceties, but resid ... More >>
Phoenix police officials cleared of fraud allegations by panel charged with reviewing kidnapping statistics.A panel convened to review the kidnapping statistics Phoenix touted in 2008 found that Phoenix police officials did not intentionally inflate those figures.In fact, the panel found there we ... More >>
Public officials living the suite life at the U.S. Airways Center.Phoenix officials have not kept track of who's been kicking back in the city-owned suite at the U.S. Airways Center watching Phoenix Suns games or rocking out to legends like Elton John. But they're supposed to, according to their ... More >>
Public Safety Manager/Police Chief Jack Harris is retiring today.After months of controversy over whether the Phoenix Police Department intentionally inflated kidnapping statistics to get federal funding, the city's top cop has announced he is retiring today.Public Safety Manager Jack Harris had ... More >>
Most Phoenix residents are happy with life in the big city.Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos sent a message to Phoenix employees praising them after results of a citywide Community Attitude Survey reveal that 95 percent of residents are pleased with customer service.Not bad considering that in 2 ... More >>
Phoenix "Public Safety Manager" Jack Harris.In response to allegations that his department inflated border-related kidnapping statistics to secure federal grants, Phoenix Public Safety Manager (a.k.a. double-dipping police chief) Jack Harris on Wednesday said the following: "Anyone that wan ... More >>
Let's be clear about a few things regarding Phoenix's kidnapping statistics snafu.Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris tells the Arizona Republic that he is outraged at what is happening in the community regarding kidnappings and other crimes, and he adds:"If anyone doubts we have a home-inv ... More >>
Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos to discuss future of police department.A press conference regarding the flawed kidnapping statistics published by the Phoenix Police Department has been bumped from Friday to 2:30 p.m. today at City Hall.(Read the in-depth analysis published on February 7 ... More >>
Public Safety Manager Jack Harris (left) stripped of his police chief duties, with Assistant City Manager Ed Zuercher.Public Safety Manager Jack Harris retains some of his duties as police chief, but Executive Assistant Police Chief Joe Yahner becomes Acting Police Chief in ... More >>
City Manager David CavazosThere has been a firestorm of reaction from Phoenix officials over admissions that the kidnapping statistics generated by the Phoenix Police Department are inaccurate.Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris is steaming over reports that the he will be reassigned, and it r ... More >>
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Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris Phoenix police officials finally admitted that the border-related kidnappings statistics they trumpeted for years are not accurate, blaming the problem on "challenges with how cases are classified." The admission from the police department ... More >>
Phoenix Police Chief Jack HarrisWhile a federal audit of the Phoenix Police Department's kidnapping statistics is under way, Police Chief Jack Harris has ordered his troops not to spend any of the $700,000 they collected from the feds to combat border-related kidnapping cases.The Depar ... More >>
Phoenix police reported that there were 358 kidnapping calls in their community during 2008, and that a majority of them were linked to drug and human smuggling across the Arizona-Mexico border. In recent months, Phoenix police union leaders have raised questions about the veracity of those stat ... More >>
Veolia has dodged more than $3 million in fines(Updated with links to several documents, including Veolia's performance records)Phoenix gave away more than $3 million - so far - to Veolia Transportation, a transit company that operates buses throughout the city.It's $3,295,573.86, to be precise. ... More >>
Phoenix Mayor Phil GordonPhoenix Mayor Phil Gordon just posted a blog titled, "The Truth ... For A Change."In it, Gordon blasts DiCiccio for his creative (that is, false) interpretation of budget figures to propel the idea that the average city worker gets $100,000.[Of course, it would be n ... More >>
ABC15.comLocal media grilling former El Mirage City Manager B.J. Cornwall about his pay raises.El Mirage once again finds itself at a crossroad. The departure of B.J. Cornwall, the city's longest tenured city manager, leaves City Attorney Rick Flaaen in charge of a community in a financial crisis ... More >>
The Vinlanders Social Club, out of business in AZ because of the Career Criminal SquadAccording to records on file with the Maricopa County Superior Court, the investigators of the Phoenix Police Department's elite Career Criminal Squad, with the assistance of the local Anti-Defamation League,& ... More >>
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon isn't supposed to be meddling in discussions or matters involving Veolia Transportation, the company that operates most of the city buses and has Gordon's girlfriend on its payroll.Phil GordonGordon declared a conflict of interest during several public meetings and ab ... More >>
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www.phoenix.gov Phoenix City Councilman Michael JohnsonAn unnamed Phoenix police officer may have messed with the wrong bull. The Phoenix City Council will hold an executive session on Monday to try to get to the bottom of an incident this morning, where one of its members was handcuffed a ... More >>
america's voiceonline.org City of Phoenix Public Safety Manager Jack Harris Even before this morning's press conference to discuss the alleged abuse of power by an unnamed Phoenix police officer against City Councilman Michael Johnson, we're told that top city officials met with loca ... More >>
David CavazosDavid Cavazos took the reigns as City Manager at Phoenix City Hall Friday -- and immediately announced sweeping changes.Okay, so we're being a teensy bit sarcastic. Cavazos, after all, was an inside candidate, a guy who began working for the city as an intern in 1987. He's not expect ... More >>
Three years ago, Mayor-elect Phil Gordon promised to make it easier for small businesses to renovate old buildings. But the problems faced by one indie restaurateur show that, if anything, it's harder than ever
Reports raise new questions about city councilman's airport security contract