The City of Maricopa picked Brenda Fischer as the new city manager at a special meeting on Thursday night. She will start May 2 under a three-year contract that extends until May 1, 2014.
Fischer, who was the deputy city manager of Glendora, Calif. prior to her employment in Maricopa, was very impressed with the vision and goals that the city has in moving forward.
“I’m honored to be able to work with such a visionary council,” said Fischer after the city council voted unanimously to have her fill the position. “I’m very privileged to be city manager of such an exciting city.”
Fischer’s starting salary will be $148,724. Her contract states: “After the first year of this agreement, the Employer may determine Employee’s salary as part of the City’s annual budget process.”
Fischer’s combined experience in California, North Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev. was a major factor in the council’s decision; they were also impressed with her energy.
“I think we are very excited collectively with the selection,” said Councilmember Marvin Brown. “She brings not only her intelligence, but a lot of effervescence. She’s very smart and a go-getter and I think we are at a point in time that we need someone like Brenda Fischer to move us further.”
Fischer said there were growth spurts in cities where she worked in Nevada that help give her insight into the direction Maricopa is headed.
“The City of Maricopa is very similar to the working conditions I experienced in Southern Nevada,” Fischer said. “Maricopa a very fast growing community and I was very impressed with the strategic plan. I applaud the fact that they have a strategic plan this early in the city’s growth spurt and are doing some exciting things with economic development. There is so much potential and growth here and I’m very excited to be part of it.”
Fischer earned her undergraduate degree in Public Relations at the University of Southern California and her master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“What we needed and what we got was someone who’s willing to come to a city that is still evolving,” Brown said.