By Paulina Pineda | AZ Central
The Phoenix City Council plans to appoint Jeff Barton as the city’s new manager.
The Phoenix City Council plans to name city executive Jeff Barton to lead the country’s fastest-growing city. The council will vote on the appointment on Sept. 8.
Barton, a long-time city employee who most recently was appointed assistant city manager in February, will replace Ed Zuercher who is retiring after nearly 30 years with the city and eight years as city manager.
“I want to thank the Mayor and Council for their confidence in providing me this opportunity to serve the people of Phoenix,” Barton said in a city statement. “I consider it an honor and privilege to contribute to making Phoenix an even stronger, safer, better place to live, work and play for all residents, business owners and visitors.”
Barton will move into the role after Zuercher retires Oct. 8, if the council approves his appointment.
He will take on the top leadership spot just months after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it was investigating whether Phoenix police have a pattern of violating civil rights.