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Cynthia Seelhammer

Cynthia Seelhammer

Interim City Manager
City Phone: (623) 333-1000
City Fax: (623) 333-0100

Education & Employment

Cynthia Seelhammer, ICMA-CM, has been a local government manager in Arizona for more than 20 years.  Her experience ranges from helping new municipalities create all their plans for development and growth, to oversight of service departments in one of the ten largest cities in the country.  Cynthia has served as an interim manager of several communities, as well as County Manager of Coconino County, Deputy City Manager for the City of Phoenix, and as the first full-time Manager of the Towns of Queen Creek and Tusayan.  She also worked for the cities of La Mesa, Calif; Saint Paul, Minn; and Mesa, AZ.

Cynthia has worked to include citizen involvement, employee engagement, and the arts in local government, helping to establish citizen leadership academies, employee news channels, and percent for the arts in municipal capital budgets. Cynthia has a BA in English from Saint Cloud State University, Minn, and an MPA from Golden Gate University, Calif.  She is active in the Arizona City/County Management Association and the International City/County Management Association and holds the designation of Credentialed Manager from ICMA.  She is married and has one son in high school.  The family often hosts international exchange students.  In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, reading, the arts, and international travel.  She has been part of educational programs to Eastern Europe, India, Japan, Australia, Israel, and several other countries.  In the summer of 2015 she taught local government at the University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.  

Description of Responsibilities

The City Manager is the Chief Executive Officer of the City, and is responsible for the administration of the City in accordance with the City Council policy and Charter requirements. The City Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the City's 13 departments, as well as directly supervising Finance & Budget, and Human Resources.

The City Manager submits the City budget to Council each fiscal year and advises Council of future financial needs of the City. The City Manager is also responsible to appoint and remove all officers and employees of the City, subject to Civil Service provisions and the City Charter.