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Tempe Appoints Interim Community Services Manager April 28, 2009

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Tempe, Arizona – After a 34-year career with the City of Tempe, Community Services Department Manager Tom Canasi is retiring effective June 30 and will be replaced on an interim basis by current Deputy Community Services Department Manager Kathy Berzins, a 28-year City of Tempe employee.

City Manager Charlie Meyer said that a listing for Canasi’s permanent replacement would be posted sometime in the future. “Tom has displayed remarkable professionalism and loyalty to the City of Tempe over his many years of dedicated service,” Meyer said. “While his retirement is a loss for the city, we wish him well and know that the Community Services Department will continue its tradition of providing excellent service to our community.”

Berzins, who currently manages the department’s Social Services Division, has nearly three decades of experience in Tempe, including roles in special events and at several of the city’s community centers. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, with a concentration in recreation, from Colorado State University.

The city’s Community Services Department includes the Tempe Public Library, the Tempe History Museum, the Tempe Center for the Arts, cultural classes, social services, CARE 7, neighborhood community centers and more.

Let’s Talk Tempe features Arizona Secretary of State April 28, 2009

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Tempe, Arizona – On Tuesday, April 28, Mayor Hugh Hallman and the Tempe City Council invite residents to attend the monthly taping of “Let’s Talk Tempe.”

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett will be the Mayor’s guest. They will discuss the Arizona budget.

Residents are encouraged to attend the taping and participate in the discussion on Tuesday, April 28, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave. Let’s Talk Tempe is a monthly issues talk show taped the last Tuesday of each month before a live audience and replayed on Tempe 11.

Residents interested in receiving an invitation by mail for future Let’s Talk Tempe tapings can contact Mike Crusa at mike_crusa@tempe.gov or 480-350-8905.

Source: City of Tempe, Arizona

Tempe Councilmember receives national re-appointments March 6, 2009

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Tempe Councilmember receives national re-appointments

Tempe, Arizona – Tempe City Councilmember Onnie Shekerjian has been re-appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2009 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee and the NLC’s Council on Youth, Education and Families.

As the oldest organization representing U.S. municipal governments, NLC’s mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. The group represents an estimated 19,000 cities, villages and towns through programs, services and partnerships.

“It is a great honor to bring Tempe’s perspective and experience to these national bodies,” said Councilmember Shekerjian, who plans to attend committee meetings by phone and online. “Working together, using the expertise of many contributors, we can make progress for the benefit of the nation in these vital areas.”

Created in 2000, the NLC’s Council Youth, Education and Families helps municipal leaders address the needs of children, youth and families in their local communities. The Community and Economic Development Steering Committee researches and drafts policy positions on housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness.

Councilmember Shekerjian is serving her first, four-year term on the Tempe City Council. She is currently chair of the City Council’s Technology, Economic & Community Development Committee, and serves as a member of the Sports, Recreation, Arts & Cultural Development Committee.

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