Maricopa County gets new manager within one day of Phoenix getting new police chief
Today a slimmer than usual voting bloc of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Tom Manos, 59, as the new county manager to succeed recently retired David Smith. He currently serves as executive director of the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority and manager of the county’s Human Services Campus.
Manos began working in county government in 1984, although he has also pulled stints within the governor’s office assisting Gov. Brewer with her 2009 transition team when she first took office after the abrupt departure of Janet Napolitano. He also served as Brewer’s deputy chief of staff in charge of finance.
As assistant county manager and chief financial officer, he managed several departments, including finance, risk management and materials management
Since the county manager has the discretion to make settlements on lawsuits affecting the supervisors, both Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox — who have outstanding lawsuits against the taxpayers of Maricopa County — recused themselves from the vote on the advice of legal counsel.
Thus the five-member board approved Manos’ appointment on a 3 – 0 vote.