Ed Zuercher is named Phoenix's new city manager

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Acting city manager Ed Zuercher has been named Phoenix's new city manager.

After a six-month national search, Zuercher was selected Wednesday afternoon to replace David Cavazos.

Zuercher is a 20-year city employee and had been acting manager since Cavazos left the job last October. Cavazos had been city manager since 2009.

"I think we have several challenges," said Zuercher. "We have that budget deficit that we announced a couple weeks ago...we're in the middle of negotiating labor contracts...but we're going to work hard with employees to reach agreements together that will benefit the City of Phoenix."

Zuercher was named one of four finalists for the city manager's job earlier this week.

The other local finalist was deputy city manager Rick Naimark, who has worked for Phoenix for 26 years.

The two out-of-state finalists were former Cincinnati city manager Milton Dohoney Jr. and Oakland city administrator Deanna Santana.

Zuercher’s twenty year career with the city started as a management intern and grew to include Assistant to the City Manager, Public Transit Director, Deputy City Manager, Mayor’s Chief of Staff, and Assistant City Manager.

He received his Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and his B.A. in English/secondary education from Goshen College in Indiana.

Prior to his time at the City of Phoenix, Ed taught high school English and American History. He enjoys life in central Phoenix with his wife and two teenage daughters.

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