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City of Goodyear, Arizona

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For Immediate Release: March 28, 2008


Goodyear chooses new city manager


GOODYEAR, AZ – The Goodyear City Council voted unanimously today to offer the position of City Manager to John F. Fischbach of Port Townsend, Wash.


Most recently, Fischbach was county administrator for Jefferson County, Wash. He has served as city manager for four cities: Fort Collins, Colo. from 1995 to 2004; Vancouver, Wash. from 1990 to 1995; Lake Forest, Ill. from 1979 to 1990; and Robbinsdale, Minn. from 1976 to 1979.


Fischbach holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.


Fischbach will earn an annual salary of $168,000, plus benefits, a $400 monthly car allowance, a deferred compensation plan and four weeks paid vacation.

According to Goodyear Mayor James Cavanaugh, Fischbach a verbal offer has been extended to Fischbach. Fischbach will meet with staff on Monday, March 31 to review and finalize details of his employment. If all goes well, Cavanaugh said Fischbach could officially assume his duties as city manager anytime after Tuesday, April 1. Fischbach will also attend the Goodyear City Council Advance (similar to a retreat, but forward-looking) and Worksession on Monday, March 31 at Goodyear City Hall.


Fischbach was one of three finalists most recently interviewed for the position. The other candidates were Philip L. Nelson of Troy, Mich. and Ellen S. Posivach of Tarpon Springs, Fla.


A national search process for a new city manager was undertaken in June 2007 after former city manager, Stephen Cleveland, retired. The position remained unfilled after the first round of candidates were interviewed late last year, and the council voted to launch the search process a second time.


Mayor Cavanaugh and all the councilmembers offered high praise and thanks to Interim City Manager Brian Dalke, Acting Deputy City Manager Mark Brown and Deputy City Manager Jim Nichols, whose efforts and leadership during the challenges of the past 10 months were appreciated.


“We were very pleased with the level of competition we saw during this process,” said Mayor Cavanaugh.


 “We have a very seasoned leader in John Fischbach,” said Vice Mayor Rob Antoniak. He also thanked Dalke, Nichols and Brown for “doing such a good job for a period of time that ended up being much longer than anyone expected.”


Councilmember Joanne Osborne said Dalke and Nichols had put together a great team here in the city. “The new city manager will have a terrific staff to work with when he arrives,” she said.


“They [Dalke and Nichols] have really been the glue that has held the city together during these past months,” said Councilmember Georgia Lord.


“The city is better for the interim leadership which has been shown [by Dalke], and that will have a strong impact on the new man,” said Councilmember Frank Cavalier.


Councilmember Brenda Holland said, “This was a tough choice, but we worked hard together to make a good choice.”


“This has been a long process,” said Councilmember Dick Sousa. “And it hasn’t been an easy process.”



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