Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps is the top executive for the city of Glendale, which is part of a growing area of Maricopa County and the sixth largest city in AZ. His responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations and policy implementation for all city departments and divisions, including the police, fire, water and public works departments as well as economic development and information technology.
Mr. Phelps was appointed as city manager in November, 2016 and considers it his priority to bring effective and transparent government practices to the community he serves.
Recognizing that it is in Glendale’s interest to have a robust business sector, his desire is that Glendale become both a major job hub, and the most the most business-friendly city in the Valley. His focus is on encouraging initiatives that will grow the city’s economy, increase employment and encourage growth for business’ large and small.
Mr. Phelps has started a comprehensive strategic planning process, with a goal of having Glendale become the community of choice for residents, businesses and employees. He is using the Balanced Scorecard System to lead organizational development and set priorities for city staff as they align their work with the City Council’s newly created mission, vision, and value statements.
Under his leadership, the city continues to stabilize after experiencing a serious fiscal crisis that happened two years prior to his hiring. The turnaround has resulted in credit rating upgrades and a growing fund balance that has been achieved through policy reforms, growth of new revenue streams and a long-term financial plan which includes a goal for savings.
Kevin Phelps is a board member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, a member of International City/County Management Association (ICMA)and a member of the Arizona City/County Management Association ACMA.
Prior to his work in Glendale, he was the highest-ranking appointed official in Pierce County, Washington, an area that includes greater Tacoma and is the state’s second-largest county. Prior to that, Mr. Phelps was a deputy auditor in the Washington State Auditor’s Office and served for seven years as an elected councilmember for the city of Tacoma.
Before his tenure in government, he worked in the private sector as founder and managing general partner of the Landmark Convention Center in Tacoma.