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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release:  March 20, 2012

Goodyear city manager resigns

(GOODYEAR, AZ - Mar. 20, 2012) Goodyear City Manager John F. Fischbach announced his intention to retire, tendering his resignation effective April 1, 2012.  Fischbach's resignation was accepted by the City Council with a 7-0 vote at a March 19th Special Meeting.

Fischbach, who has been the city manager since April 2008, joined the City at the beginning of the most difficult financial time in the city's history when Goodyear faced shrinking revenues and the need to implement substantial and painful budget cuts, including employee layoffs for the first time. 

"As the city manager, Mr. Fischbach led the city through these trying financial times with minimal impact on the delivery of city services and left the city on solid financial footing as we emerge from this recession," stated Mayor Georgia Lord.

During his tenure, Fishbach oversaw the successful recruitment of a number of large employers to Goodyear expanding the city's employment base and the completion and opening of the City of Goodyear's Major League Baseball Spring Training Complex. 

"After more than 35 years of public service, John's retirement is well deserved," said Mayor Lord.  "The City Council is appreciative of the service he has provided during the past four years and we wish him the best."

Prior to joining the city, Fischbach served as city manager for Fort Collins Colorado; Vancouver, Washington; Lake Forest, Illinois; Robbinsdale, Minnesota; and as county administrator for Jefferson County, Washington.

Because Fischbach's resignation is not effective until April 1st, Deputy City Manager Brian Dalke will be acting city manager until the City Council determines next week who will fill the position on an interim basis until a permanent city manager is hired.  A plan and timeline for hiring a city manager will be determined soon.                                                                             


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