Scottsdale city manager submits retirement

By Melissa Rosequist | YourValley

Scottsdale City Manager Jim Thompson is ready to retire from his position atop the municipal organization.

On Aug. 8, Thompson submitted a letter to Scottsdale mayor and City Council announcing his retirement, effective Oct. 10. However, he has offered to stay on as interim city manager until a replacement is found.

“My time with the city has filled me with a sense of purpose and belonging that none other could offer,” Thompson said in his retirement letter to his bosses. “I have led the city departments under the city manager’s position for the past almost six years and it has brought a deep sense of purpose in serving.”

Thompson thanked the council for “numerous opportunities” for professional and personal development that he has been provided, and says he has enjoyed working for the city of Scottsdale.

“It is an honor to work with and for you and continue to make Scottsdale the amazing city it is,” Thompson said.

Scottsdale City Council will be asked to accept Thompson’s retirement and thus terminating his employment contract, as well as his appointment as acting city manager during the Monday, Aug. 22, meeting.

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