Dick Bowers was named acting city manager for the City of Glendale in February 2015. His experience includes a stint as Glendale's acting city manager in 2013 and 30 years in public service with 10 years as the city manager of Scottsdale.
Bowers has worked with Glendale over the years on projects that include extablishing guidelines for meetings, procedures and executive management performance evaluations. He also assisted the city in the development and implementation of its downtown redevelopment project.
Bowers, who has been president of his own consulting firm since 2001, has received many accolades for his work in the Valley.
Assistant City Manager
Campbell has 16 years of local government experience, including management experience for the cities of Peoria and Goodyear. She is a graduate of Leadership West, has a master’s of education degree with an emphasis in leadership and public administration from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Arizona State University. Since 2009, Campbell has been adjunct faculty at Glendale Community College. She is a graduate of Deer Valley High School in Glendale.
Interim 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.