Scottsdale city council hires Jim Thompson as city manager

Jim Thompson (submitted photo)

The city council voted unanimously Thursday, Dec. 8, to hire Jim Thompson as Scottsdale’s next city manager.

Mr. Thompson will begin his duties around Jan. 8, 2017, pending completion of an employment contract, according to a press release.

Mr. Thompson served as the city manager of Casa Grande from 2003 until earlier this year where he oversaw city operations and a $175 million budget.

He has 20 years experience as a city manager, previously holding that position in Bothell, Wash., and Bullhead City, Ariz.

“This is a wonderful opportunity,” Mr. Thompson said in the release. “Scottsdale is a great city and I’m looking forward to working with the city council, our employees and the community. It’s very exciting.”

Mr. Thompson has also served on the Arizona State Personnel Board since 2004 and as an adjunct professor in Arizona State University’s Department of Public Affairs since 2011.

Mr. Thompson has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University and a master’s degree in business administration from Regis University, the release stated.

Under the tentative agreement announced Dec. 8, Mr. Thompson will have a base salary of $211,162 and receive four weeks of paid vacation annually. He will have an annual allowance of $5,000 for professional development and receive a six-month severance package similar to previous Scottsdale city managers.

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