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City of Phoenix appoints new deputy city managers


PHOENIX – Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has appointed two city executives, Karen Peters and Mario Paniagua, as deputy city managers. 

“I am pleased that Mario and Karen emerged as our next city management leaders after a national recruitment,” said Zuercher.  “They represent a diversity of experience and achievement that will significantly complement Phoenix’s top management team with the leadership required to run a great organization.”

Peters is currently a Senior Executive Assistant to the City Manager. She previously served as Government Relations Director, Chief of Staff to Mayor Greg Stanton and practiced as an attorney for 18 years before joining the city of Phoenix in 2005. She received her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Arizona State University.

Paniagua has served the city of Phoenix for 17 years. He is currently the Budget and Research Department Director and formerly chaired the City of Phoenix Innovation and Efficiency Task Force. Previously, Paniagua spent five years as City Clerk and has worked in the City Council Office and the Human Resources and Aviation departments throughout his municipal career.  Before joining the city, he was in the U.S. Air Force for seven years. Paniagua has a Bachelor of Science in Global Business from Arizona State University.

Peters will be assigned to support and coordinate major city functions in the areas of Environment and Sustainability.  Paniagua will lead departments in the Transportation and Infrastructure fields. 

Both executives started their new posts this week.