PHOENIX - Phoenix's City Manager David Cavazos is leaving his position in Arizona to become the city manager of Santa Ana, Calif. pending City Council approval on Monday, Aug. 5.
Cavazos began his career with the City of Phoenix as an intern in 1987. He became the city manager 22 years later in 2009 when the city faced a $277 million budget deficit as a result of the recession.
"He helped guide Phoenix through the toughest economic period in our history," said Mayor Greg Stanton.
As a city manager, Cavazos' mission was to improve the quality of life in Phoenix through efficient delivery of outstanding public services.
He created the Innovation and Efficiency Task Force in hopes of finding ways to do better with less.
As a result, Phoenix has surpassed its savings goals year after year.
According to the City of Phoenix website, since Cavazos became City Manager Phoenix has:
Maintained a AAA bond rating, the best a city can achieve.
Initiated a successful Strategic Plan to determine how to best allocate city resources based on current challenges.
Avoided combined water or solid waster increases in three years.
Developed an ongoing Organizational Review process that reduced management layers and enhanced service delivery.
Achieved outstanding customer service results in the December 2012 Community Opinion Survey.
Prioritized downtown economic development and revitalization.
Made public safety a priority by hiring police and firefighters ahead of schedule.
According to the Associated Press, Cavazos' contract stipulates that he must provide the City Council with a minimum of 60 days' advance notice should he voluntarily resign. That means he likely will remain on the job through early October.