Phoenix Arizona

Kari Kent named Deputy City Manager by quotes
June 21, 2007, 8:50 pm
Filed under: City of Mesa, Mesa

Kari Kent named Deputy City Manager

Kari Kent, Neighborhood Services Director for the City of Mesa, has been =

selected as Mesa’s new Deputy City Manager. She replaces Paul Wenbert,=

who retired March 1. Kent’s appointment will be recommended to City =

Council at its June 25 meeting.

“Kari was chosen from among a strong pool of candidates across the country,” Mesa Assistant City Manager Debra Dollar said. “Ultimately= , she was selected as the top candidate because of her leadership and communication skills, solid work ethic, dedication to Mesa and passion to=

serve the community.”

Kent has worked with the City of Mesa for 14 years. She was promoted to =

Solid Waste Management Director in 1999 and Assistant Development Service= s Director in July 2001. She has been Neighborhood Services Director since=

November 2006. In this capacity, she oversees Code Compliance, Housing =

and Community Revitalization, Diversity Office, Neighborhood Outreach and=

Historic Preservation. Kent will continue as Acting Neighborhood Service= s Director until a replacement is named.

Kent received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Northern Arizona University and a Masters of Public Administration from =

Arizona State University. She joins Deputy City Managers Bryan Raines an= d Jack Friedline in providing leadership oversight to the City’s many diverse divisions.

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