Kevin Phelps brings more than 30 years of private sector experience and 18 years of government sector experience to the city’s top management job. Kevin was appointed as Glendale’s City Manager in February of 2016. For the past six years, Phelps has been the highest-ranking appointed official in Pierce County, Washington, an area that includes greater Tacoma and is the state’s second-largest county. Phelps was previously a deputy auditor in the Washington State Auditor’s Office and served for seven years as an elected councilmember for the city of Tacoma. Prior to his tenure in government, Phelps spent decades in the private sector as founder and managing general partner of the Landmark Convention Center which is also in Tacoma.
Assistant City Manager
Tom Duensing has more than 23 years of government finance experience, including 20 years of local government experience. Starting with Glendale in October of 2013, Duensing has served as the Finance and Technology Director for the City. Prior to working in Glendale, he served at the City of Tempe and the City of Maricopa in various financial roles including Accounting Supervisor, Deputy Finance Director, City Auditor, Finance Director and Assistant City Manager. He has also worked as an auditor in public accounting specializing in local government audits and served for 2 years in the Arizona Governor’s Office. Duensing holds a B.S. in Accounting, a M.B.A., and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona, the Government Finance Officers Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 2014, as Glendale’s Finance Director, Duensing was recognized with the Turnaround of the Year” Award from The Phoenix Business Journal’s Outstanding CFO’s (Chief Financial Officer) Program.
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Council-Manager Form of Government:
Glendale operates under a council-manager form of government. Under this system the City Council determines city policy, passes ordinances, and approves a balanced budget each year.
The City Manager, appointed by the City Council, is responsible for carrying out the council-created policies, and directing the day-to-day operations of city government. The manager reports directly to the city council, and is subject to council performance reviews. The City Manager is responsible for drafting a balanced budget for council review and approval each year.
The Office of the City Manager serves as the focal point for the executive leadership and direction of the organization, working closely with the Mayor and City Council to ensure that city programs and operations reflect policy goals and objectives established by the City Council.