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NEWS RELEASE
City of Goodyear, Arizona
Public Information Office

For Immediate Release: March 27, 2012


Deputy City Manager Dalke named Goodyear interim city manager

(GOODYEAR, AZ – March 27, 2012) Deputy City Manager Brian Dalke was named Goodyear's Interim City Manager by a 7-0 vote of the City Council at a Special Meeting on March 26 to fill the vacancy created by the departure of former City Manager John F. Fischbach.

City Council has given Dalke a six-month contract with a 5% pay increase. At Dalke's request, the pay raise will not go into effect until July 1, 2012, rather than immediately. Dalke's interim contract has an option for renewal should it be needed.

According to Mayor Georgia Lord, "The City Council has given Dalke full powers of the position during his time as interim city manager and has asked him to make any organizational and programmatic changes necessary to improve efficiency, customer service and cost structures. We have asked him to be publically engaged and to create a more dynamic organization that can proactively take full advantage of the opportunities that await us as the economy returns."

Lord added, "To allow Brian time to re-energize the organization, we are not going to be recruiting for a new city manager in the coming six months. After that we will determine what our process will be to hire a city manager."

The City Council had approved a two-year contract in December with Fischbach who brought the City through the worst recession in history in sound financial condition. The contract called for periodic reviews to make sure the city was moving in the direction set by Council. A 3-month review was conducted because Councilmembers were concerned that emerging issues were not being handled according to their expectations. During this discussion it became clear to all that the best resolution was a mutual parting of the ways. Because his contract was still in effect, the parties negotiated a separation agreement that included the same benefits Fischbach would have received had he been terminated.

"While the Council appreciates Fischbach's contributions, the city is ready for a change in leadership and is looking forward to working with Dalke to achieve Council's goals and objectives," stated Mayor Lord.

This is not the first time Dalke has served as interim city manager for Goodyear. Appointed to that role in June 2007 when former City Manager Stephen Cleveland retired, Dalke served 10 months in the interim capacity until Fischbach was hired in April 2008. During his 10-month stint, Dalke developed the management response to a comprehensive consultant study that made 241 recommendations as the result of its evaluation of the City's entire operations, structures and practices. While interim city manager, at the first sign of the economic downturn in early 2008, Dalke initiated actions immediately to reduce the budget such as freezing positions and suspending the merit increase program.

Dalke was first named deputy city manager in 2004 after serving as Goodyear's economic development director for 10 years. As deputy city manager, Dalke has overseen every department in the city at one time or another.

"Because of his years of experience in our organization, we think Brian is the right choice to carry out the goals and objectives we have given him," stated Mayor Lord. 

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