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Ruth Osuna Leaves Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture as Director of Cultural Affairs

New Times has received a Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture memo stating that Ruth Osuna is leaving her recently appointed post as cultural affairs director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture for a position in Eloy.


Osuna will become the city manager of Eloy, located in Pinal County, beginning December 6.

Osuna worked as Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon's chief of staff before she was replaced at the end of 2008 by Toni Maccarone, who now works in the Public Information Office.

From there, Osuna landed a position as deputy city manager, a job she had held previously, before taking the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture gig in March 2010, when the city manager's office cut its staff by one third.

New Times' request for official comment from Osuna, who held the cultural affairs director position for eight months, as well as Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture staff, went unanswered.

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, which exists to develop arts and cultural awareness in the city, has completed close to 150 major public-art programs, including the Gimme Shelter Shade and the 7th Avenue Streetscape projects.

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Steve Jansen
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