David Cavazos

Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos will officially retire on Oct. 16, after 27 years.

Cavazos has accepted a city manager position in Santa Ana, Calif.

He gave his notice on Aug. 6 through a letter to the City Council.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the City of Phoenix for nearly 27 years, particularly the last four years as City Manager,” Cavazos wrote. “I started as an intern for Marvin Andrews and later worked for Frank Fairbanks — two of the finest City Managers in the country. We have an outstanding management team and I will be working closely with Assistant City Manager Ed Zuercher over the next 10 weeks to assure a successful transition.”

Mayor Greg Stanton and the City Council will be asked to hire a new city manager. According to city spokesperson Toni Maccarone, they are working through that process now.

“David Cavazos is an outstanding city manager, and we are a stronger city today because of his stewardship,” Stanton said in a statement. “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.”

Cavazos has said he is not leaving the city because of money. His new position’s pay is the same as he is currently being offered in Phoenix, though he will receive some additional benefits and will also take a six-figure pension from Phoenix.

The news of Cavazos’ retirement comes just a few short months after the City Council chose to grant him the largest pay raise in city history — a decision which came because of the results of a market study that showed Cavazos was underpaid compared to city managers of other comparable cities.

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