The city of Glendale has named Eric Fitzer the city’s new Development Services Director. Mr. Fitzer brings 14 years of experience in the public sector to his new position, most recently serving for five years as the Community Services Director for the city of Surprise.
Mr. Fitzer has a well-rounded background in each of the key functional areas where the city will rely on his leadership. In his new role, Mr. Fitzer will oversee the Building Safety, Code Compliance and Planning Divisions. Development Services is the chief regulatory agency for the city, and it manages investment and growth. It ensures the city’s built-environment meets the expectations of those we serve.
“Eric’s commitment to efficiency and his track record of driving creative solutions and engaging partners for a successful outcome aligns perfectly with Glendale’s economic development goals,” said Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps. “His senior leadership role in Surprise has shown him to be highly effective with bridging the gap of understanding between those we serve and the technical and political experts within the city.”
Mr. Fitzer’s experience includes leading the Heritage District Overlay and Original Townsite Redevelopment projects in Surprise as well as providing oversight for the city’s first Arts and Culture Masterplan and supporting the successful operation of Ottawa University. He also has a construction background, which gives him practical knowledge of projects from start-to-finish and of building codes.
“I am excited for this opportunity to join Glendale’s progressive leadership team at the exact time that economic development is going strong in the city,” Mr. Fitzer said. “This is a chance for me to use my background and expertise to support and build a great team and drive excellence in operations and customer service.”
Mr. Fitzer is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning and an emphasis on Economic Development.
He begins work in Glendale on April 22.