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City of Goodyear, Arizona

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For Immediate Release: March 3, 2008

Goodyear names City Manager finalists

GOODYEAR, AZ – Three finalists have been named for the position of City Manager for the city of Goodyear. The finalists will receive a tour of the city on March 18, and are scheduled for interviews with councilmembers on March 19 and 20.


John Fischbach, County Administrator, Jefferson County, Washington.

Previous experience – served as City Manager for: Fort

Collins, Colo., population 130,000; Vancouver, Washington, population

67,000; Lake Forest, Ill., population 20,000; Robbinsdale, Minn.,


Education – Master's Degree in Public Administration from the

University of Kansas; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from

Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.; Certification in Public

Administration and Urban Affairs from Oregon State University.


Phillip L. Nelson, City Manager, Troy, Michigan.

Previous experience – City Manager, Northglenn, Colo., population

37,038; City Manager, Derby, Kansas, population 19,000; County

Administrator, Barton County, Kansas, population 31,113; Assistant

City Administrator, Great Bend, Kansas, population 16,685; City

Administrator, Valley Center, Kansas, population 5,000; Transportation

and Land Use Planner, Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area

Planning Department, population, 344,000.

Education – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Fort Hays State

University, Hays, Kansas; 27 hours of course work for Masters of

Public Administration, Wichita State University.


Ellen S. Posivach, City Manager, City of Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Previous experience: Assistant City Manager, City of Hopewell, Va.;

Assistant to the City Manager and Chief of Staff, Public Safety

Department, City of Richmond, Va.; Director of Research, Virginia

Municipal League and Executive Director, Virginia Association of

Chiefs of Police; Administrative Analyst, Office of the City Manager,

City of Norfolk, Va.

Education – Masters of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.


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