Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher/City of Phoenix photo
By Paulina Pineda | Arizona Republic
Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher is retiring later this year after eight years leading the state’s largest city.
His retirement caps a nearly 30-year career with the city that began in 1993. His last day is Oct. 8, according to the city, which announced his retirement on Monday.
“Eight years as city manager have flown by,” Zuercher told The Arizona Republic. “Mayor and council have been great to me and to work for and I’m looking forward to being an ordinary citizen and cheering Phoenix on from the sidelines.”
Zuercher, 56, was appointed acting city manager in October 2013 after then-City Manager David Cavazos left for a job in California. The Phoenix City Council unanimously chose Zuercher to take on the role permanently in February 2014.
It was a move leaders at the time hoped would strengthen both the city’s finances and employee morale.
Mayor Kate Gallego said Zuercher led the city through “many of our greatest triumphs” and she congratulated him on his retirement.