Ed Zuercher was appointed acting city manager of Phoenix, Arizona, effective October 17, 2013. In this role, Zuercher is the Chief Operating Officer for the city of Phoenix and oversees the largest council-manager form of government in the United States, with 14,500 city employees, including seven employee unions and associations. He encourages city employees to focus on working smarter, saving money aggressively and treating residents kindly in order to maintain residents' high public approval ratings for city services.
Working with the Mayor and City Council, he is responsible for a city budget of $3.5 billion, including airport, water/wastewater, solid waste, convention center and hotel, transit system and general city services. 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.
Areas of Responsibility
Acting City Manager
Phoenix City Hall
200 W. Washington St., 12th floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003