Chris Brady has navigated Mesa through some turbulent times in his 15 years as city manager. Pablo Robles/Tribune Staff Photographer
By Gary Nelson | East Valley Tribune
It would be the rare little boy who dreams of growing up to be a city manager. Chris Brady was not one of them.
As a student at Brigham Young University in the 1980s, Brady aimed instead at a business career. That, after all, is where the money is.
But an unexpected detour by means of a political science class got him interested in city government – the upshot for Mesa being that for 15 years, he has steered the city through some of the hairiest moments in its history.