Fischbach Resigns, Retires. One Gone, Seven to Go?


Included below is the email Goodyear’s city manager sent to council and staff last night where he resigns and wishes city employees, “good luck”. I guess it just got to be too much trouble for John to go to work everyday with all the problems facing Goodyear so Fischbach has bailed out to, “read books, go four wheeling” and collect his defined benefit retirement checks from taxpayers.

Fischbach’s legacy in Goodyear includes;

  1. Knowing about the Pendleton fiasco within a week of the accident and doing little about it.
  2. Having Roger Matlin arrested for no good reason.
  3. Encouraging a prison expansion for the desperately needed tax revenues with a complicit mayor while residents were highly opposed and later supporting the mayor’s denial of their knowledge.
  4. Mismanaging a delayed regional mall project by appeasing the mall developer instead of looking for a new project as recommended by howardsgoodyearblog. While GY sat on its hands doing nothing about the failed mall project the city of Glendale identified a developer, signed a greenfield deal, and broke ground for a huge outlet mall that may set back the GY regional mall decades.
  5. Presiding over $300 million dollars in city debt and not laying off one city employee.
  6. Standing by while city revenues plummeted and doing nothing to reduce city spending for over four years.
  7. Regularly misleading an ignorant and incompetent city council who made the city’s financial situation worse by their actions and inactions.

Here’s John’s email. Now if we can just get one of these from Georgia and the rest of her council cronies we’ll be making real progress.

From: John F. Fischbach
To: DL-Everyone
Cc: Georgia Lord; Joanne Osborne; Wally Campbell; Bill Stipp; Gary Gelzer; Sheri Lauritano; Joe Pizzillo
Sent: Mon Mar 19 21:49:33 2012
Subject: My resignation from the City Manager’s Position for the City of Goodyear

It is with mixed feelings that I announce my resignation from the City of Goodyear as City Manager effective April 1, 2012, AND “no” this not an April Fool’s Day joke.

My feelings are mixed because I have had the privilege of leading one of the premiere workforces through some very difficult financial times and with everyone’s help we are coming out stronger than ever!  That’s why the feelings are “mixed”…as we come out of these economic doldrums Goodyear will be facing unparalleled opportunities and challenges.  Early on the opportunities will far exceed the resources BUT the resources WILL BE there and ultimately the City will be able to capitalize on them and continue building the jewel of the West Valley.  I am so convinced that this is true that I will continue to live here and partake in the successes that are coming!

My retirement is long overdue and I look forward to enjoying hours of swimming in my pool, reading the hundreds of books that are piled next to my bed and 4-wheeling through the western United States.  Goodyear is fortunate to have such a dedicated workforce and I want to thank each of you for your tremendous work and support during these past 4 years.  I also want to thank the Mayor and members of the City Council for leading this city in the direction that will guarantee greatness!

Thank you and good luck to all of you!
John
John F. Fischbach
City manager
City of Goodyear
623-882-7070

GOOD LUCK, eh?

The following was reported earlier today about Goodyear, AZ’s city manager on howardsgoodyearblog by blogger Ed Koch (not his real name);

New comment on your post “City Claims Mostly Rejected in Pendleton Case; $50 Million Plus in Problems Brought to Taxpayers by Incompetent City Management and High Handed Mayor and City Council”
Author : Ed Koch
Comment:
John Fischbach has resigned effective April 1, 2012.  Sent in an email to city employees and council last night at 21:47.

howardsgoodyearblog has requested a copy of the reported email from city council members as well as acting info officer Paula Illardo, and no thanks to them none of them has responded.

421 days and counting until Goodyear residents get to take back Goodyear city council from special interest groups like union PACs, developers, and other business PACs (Georgia’s Money) and start to return Goodyear to fiscal sanity. The terms of the three “creeker” incumbents, Campbell, Gelzer, and Lord expire in 2013 as well as former GY employee Joe Pizzilo’s term.

Goodyear city council elections; May 15, 2013.

Goodyear city council primary elections; March 12, 2013.

Deadline for petitions to run for council; December, 2012.

Goodyear needs FOUR honest, intelligent, candidates to run against these government cronies in city council and mayor. Who is going to step up?

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2 Responses

  1. —– Original Message —–
    From: John F. Fischbach
    To: DL-Everyone
    Cc: Georgia Lord; Joanne Osborne; Wally Campbell; Bill Stipp; Gary Gelzer; Sheri Lauritano; Joe Pizzillo
    Sent: Mon Mar 19 21:49:33 2012
    Subject: My resignation from the City Manager’s Position for the City of Goodyear

    It is with mixed feelings that I announce my resignation from the City of Goodyear as City Manager effective April 1, 2012, AND “no” this not an April Fool’s Day joke.

    My feelings are mixed because I have had the privilege of leading one of the premiere workforces through some very difficult financial times and with everyone’s help we are coming out stronger than ever! That’s why the feelings are “mixed”…as we come out of these economic doldrums Goodyear will be facing unparalleled opportunities and challenges. Early on the opportunities will far exceed the resources BUT the resources WILL BE there and ultimately the City will be able to capitalize on them and continue building the jewel of the West Valley. I am so convinced that this is true that I will continue to live here and partake in the successes that are coming!

    My retirement is long overdue and I look forward to enjoying hours of swimming in my pool, reading the hundreds of books that are piled next to my bed and 4-wheeling through the western United States. Goodyear is fortunate to have such a dedicated workforce and I want to thank each of you for your tremendous work and support during these past 4 years. I also want to thank the Mayor and members of the City Council for leading this city in the direction that will guarantee greatness!

    Thank you and good luck to all of you!

    John

    John F. Fischbach
    City manager
    City of Goodyear
    623-882-7070

  2. Big news if true. The abruptness is concerning. Someone who is effectively the chief operating officer of a major enterprise usually gives more than to weeks notice, especially if it is a predictable event such as retirement.

    As for one down, seven to go, it is the seven who remain that will be making the selection of a replacement. If you lack confidence in them, how concerned should you be about their judgment in a matter of this magnitude?

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