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Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley Announces Retirement ... On a Friday Evening?

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Something's gotta be up.

Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley -- the architect for the city's now flailing Phoenix Coyotes Arena and mega-city projects such Westgate City Center and Main Street -- has announced his plans to retire in 2012 to spend more time with his family.

He's been with the city for 17 years, and he makes his announcement on Friday evening?

Beasley could not be reached for comment.

Here's the message Beasley sent to Glendale employees at about 4:35 p.m.:

I want to take an opportunity to thank everyone for the work you have done this year.  Without your service and dedication, we would not be the outstanding city that we are.  Your continued commitment to this community through quality service and professionalism is immeasurable, and I feel truly blessed to be a part of this organization.
 
As we enter the new year, we look forward to an improved economy and continued innovation in service.  As I think about my future, I see an opportunity to spend more time with my family, and therefore have decided to retire in 2012.  I have truly enjoyed my 27 years in public service, 17 of which have been at the City of Glendale.  Thank you for all you have done and for your support.
 
I wish you all a happy holiday season and look forward to our success in the coming year.

Ed Beasley
City Manager

It hasn't been a good year for Beasley given the ongoing drama with the NHL and the Phoenix Coyotes, the foreclosure of Westgate City Center and, it's worth mentioning that one of Beasley's closest advisers (and the city's lobbyist), Gary Husk, is reportedly on federal investigators' radar for being part of an alleged conspiracy involving the Fiesta Bowl and illegal political contributions.

Read Beasley's bio
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