Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos said, Thursday, he is leaving for another job.
He's going to be the city manager in Santa Ana, CA.
Cavazos began working for the City of Phoenix in 1987, as a management intern.
In 2009, the mayor and City Council appointed Cavazos to the position of city manager.
Cavazos issued the following statement late Thursday afternoon:
"With gratitude for an exceptional Mayor and City Council, fellow employees and the community, today I am announcing that I have reached an agreement with the City of Santa Ana, California to become city manager, pending City Council approval on Monday, Aug. 5.
"It has been an honor and privilege to serve the City of Phoenix for more than 26 years, especially the last four years as city manager. Because of the outstanding leadership of the Mayor and City Council, excellent city employees and an involved, committed community, we have accomplished many goals in the last few years.
I will be working closely with the Mayor and City Council over the coming months during my transition and completing some important assignments that are still at hand."
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton lauded Cavazos for his governance.
"David Cavazos is an outstanding city manager, and we are a stronger city today because of his stewardship. He helped guide Phoenix through the toughest economic period in our history, and did so with creativity and professionalism. I have enjoyed a good working relationship with David, and I have come to know him as a kind of leader who is eager to embrace new challenges. I wish him the very best as he takes on the next chapter of his career."
City councilman Michael Nowakowski released this statement:
"For over 25 years, David Cavazos has been a loyal employee and staunch advocate for the city of Phoenix. After starting as an intern, David reached the level of City Manager in 2009. His leadership and steady hand kept the city afloat through one of this country's worst economic periods.
"His commitment to his employees and to the taxpayer allowed him to negotiate peaceful agreements that led to closing the $270 million deficit he inherited when he took the job as manager.
"He has since worked closely with the Mayor and Council to build a $44 million contingency fund, innovation and efficiency savings of $81 million, and maintain the city's AAA bond rating. David has also been deeply involved in the community he serves, taking an active role in everything from the Phoenix Children's Hospital to the Cesar Chavez Foundation.
"David will be missed and, as a representative of the residents of Phoenix, I am very sorry to see him go."
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