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City of Peoria Press Release

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Peoria City Manager Announces Retirement

Terry Ellis Has Served Peoria 11 Years; Will Retire June 30



Peoria, Ariz. (Feb. 11, 2008) – Peoria City Manager Terry Ellis announced his retirement plans to the City Council at their Saturday workshop.

Ellis, who has served as Peoria’s top executive since August 1997, will retire at the end of the fiscal year – June 30, 2008.

“This summer I will have worked in city government for 36 years – 23 years as a city manager,” Ellis said in a letter to the City Council. “As the old saying goes, ‘I have had a good run’ here in Peoria, and it’s time for me to move on to other things and give someone else a chance to serve this great organization.”

In the months leading up to his departure, Ellis said it will be “business as usual” in Peoria, seeing the city through its annual budget process and preparing for the next fiscal year.

Peoria has been a busy place during Ellis’ 11 years as city manager. The city was consistently identified as one of the nation’s fastest growing communities by the Census Bureau. An estimated 80,000 people called the city home when he came aboard in 1997. Today Peoria’s population is approaching 160,000.

Mayor Bob Barrett said that Ellis has been a steadying influence during a turbulent time in the city’s history.

“Peoria will lose a lot when Terry Ellis walks out the door. His accomplishments are legion – yet he is, and has remained, a humble person and, throughout, a complete professional.”

Ellis cites a strong relationship between the city’s elected leaders and professional staff as a primary reason the city has survived and thrived during a period of such historic growth.

Land use and water resources planning were primary emphases. The city was one of the first in Arizona to adopt a drought management plan, and the first to take its General Plan to voters, a requirement under the state’s Growing Smarter legislation. Additional policies such as a desert lands conservation ordinance and water conservation plan have been recognized as best practices in Arizona.

Plans and policies are crucial, but a booming city cannot survive without infrastructure – the bricks and mortar, pipes and asphalt that connect and serve the community.

Under Ellis’ direction and with leadership from the City Council, Peoria broke its reliance on groundwater by building the Greenway Water Treatment Plant. When the Butler Water Reclamation Facility is completed this summer, the city will achieve total self-reliance in wastewater treatment, a move that will bolster its water resource portfolio through recharge of treated effluent.

Six fire stations were built, and the department was outfitted with the best equipment to serve Peoria residents. The city’s first police substation was opened as part of one of those new fire stations, and the Police and Fire departments moved into a new, state-of-the-art headquarters building on the city’s municipal campus in 2004.

Miles of new roads serve Peoria – thanks in part to the 2005 voter approval of a dedicated transportation sales tax. Beneath them in most cases are miles of new water distribution and wastewater collection lines, and in some areas a fiber-optic data backbone that will serve the city for decades to come.

New parks serve neighborhoods and the community. The crown jewel is the 54-acre Rio Vista Park with its award-winning recreation center. The Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2007, symbolizes a community dedicated to the arts, and to the vitality of the historic Oldtown area.

These facilities and infrastructure represent an investment of hundreds of millions of public dollars. Thanks to thoughtful planning and sound financial management, the city’s overall property tax rate has decreased during this unprecedented period of construction activity. During the same period, rating agencies have upgraded the city’s bonds consistently, saving millions of dollars in interest.

Of equal importance have been the efforts to balance the community. Neighborhoods have grown stronger thanks to the Neighborhood Pride Program and neighborhood grant and community works programs. A focus on economic development is working to bring good jobs to Peoria for city residents, and to provide the shopping, dining and entertainment options a vibrant community enjoys. A Historic Preservation Commission was established, and a sister city relationship with the Borough of Ards, Northern Ireland, grows stronger each year.

John Keegan, who served as Peoria’s mayor for 10 years, called Ellis’ legacy one of professionalism and excellence in public service.

“Peoria is well prepared to meet the demands of today and the needs of the future because of Terry’s dedication and hard work,” Keegan said.

As the date of Ellis retirement nears, the mayor and City Council will determine how and when his replacement will be selected.


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