Today, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Tom Manos to serve as County Manager. Current County Manager David Smith is retiring effective April 27.
Board Chairman, Max Wilson, who represents District 4, stated that, "Maricopa County knows Tom Manos well. I look forward to his service."
From 1984 to 2009, Mr. Manos served in different leadership roles for Maricopa County. He has served as an Assistant County Manager and Chief Financial Officer.
During Mr. Manos' tenure as Chief Financial Officer, the County received four rating upgrades from the major rating agencies and currently has a AAA rating from both Standard and Poor's and Fitch Ratings.
Mr. Manos was also responsible for the following departments:
In addition to his CFO duties, Mr. Manos was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) in 2002. The IDA is an issuer of tax exempt debt for public purpose projects. The IDA has provided about $4 billion in capital financing and has about $2.5 billion outstanding.
In 2003, the Board of Supervisors appointed Mr. Manos to oversee the transition of the then Maricopa Medical Center to the newly formed Special Health Care District. After the formation of the District, he was loaned by the County to MIHS and served as the Executive Director for the District Board for a period of about nine months.
In January 2009, Mr. Manos joined Governor Brewer's transition staff and assisted with transition planning and hiring of senior staff. In February 2009, he became the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff for Finance and Budget and worked through two budget cycles.
"I've known Tom for many years, including during my time as a County Supervisor, and he has been a true friend and trusted advisor," said Governor Brewer. "After I became Governor in 2009, Tom was one of the first people I thought of when it came to staffing my office with individuals equipped to face the financial crisis confronting state government. I will always be grateful for his willingness to serve the state during that difficult time. Maricopa County is blessed to have a leader with the high character and professionalism of Tom Manos."
Mr. Manos has been very active in community service. Specifically, he has been heavily involved with efforts to end chronic homelessness in Maricopa County. He currently shares the position as manager of the Downtown Human Services Campus and is President of the Board. He is also active in assisting other non-profits in acquiring new units of permanent supportive housing to relieve the overcrowding on the Campus. Some of his other community activity includes serving as;
Vice-Chairman of the Arizona State Retirement System
Member of the Valley of the Sun United Ways Executive Committee for Ending Homelessness
Member of the City of Phoenix Investment Advisory Committee
Board Member of the non-profit, District Medical Group
Board Member of the Maricopa County Economic Development Advisory Council
Supervisor Andy Kunasek, District 3, said that, "I have worked with Tom on many different issues and am confident that he will continue to move Maricopa County in the right direction. He is a proven problem solver."
Supervisor Fulton Brock, District 1, echoed Mr. Kunasek's statement, by saying that, "Tom is an excellent leader, and I look forward to working with him."
Supervisor Don Stapley, who represents District 2, stated that he too, "looks forward to working with Tom." Mr. Stapley added, " I am confident Tom will continue the tradition and the philosophy of excellence that has been established at Maricopa County government."
Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, District 5 said, "Our Current Manager David Smith has done an outstanding job in leading the County through a very traumatic time. Tom Manos is well prepared to continue to lead the County toward a bright tomorrow. His knowledge and experience with Maricopa County will serve all residents well. I am proud to have him as out next County Manager."
David Smith commented that, "Tom was an excellent Chief Financial Officer in my administration, and I predict he will do well in his new role."
Mr. Manos stated, "I am honored and humbled to be selected to serve as County Manager for the 4th largest County in the nation. I look forward to working with David Smith though our transition and with the Board of Supervisors and all elected officials."