City Manager

Flagstaff City Manager Barbara Goodrich

Barbara Goodrich started serving as the City's Interim City Manager in February of 2018.
She has spent the majority of her career in the public sector. She was the Chief Financial Officer for the Guidance Center for 14 years and the rest of her career with the City of Flagstaff. Goodrich started with the City as the Finance Director and promoted to the Management Services Director in 2009. She is also a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) both nationally and with the state chapter.

Barbara served on the statewide Public Safety Pension Task Force which resulted in recommendations to reform the public safety retirement system to assure sustainable benefits within an affordable financial framework. Goodrich has presented on various topics at the Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona and to numerous professional and citizen groups around the City. She is also currently serving on the United Way Allocations Committee

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from Northern Arizona University in 1980 and received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1998. In addition, she received her Certified Public Manager designation from Arizona State University in 2009. 


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About Our City Government Structure


In the council-manager form of government, the council is the governing body of the city, elected by the public, and the manager is hired by the council to carry out the policies it establishes. The council usually consists of five to nine members including a mayor (or council president) who is either selected by the council or elected by the people as defined in the city charter. The size of the council is generally smaller than that of a mayor-council municipality and council elections are usually nonpartisan.

The council provides legislative direction while the manager is responsible for day-to-day administrative operations of the city based on the council’s recommendations. The mayor and council, as a collegian body, are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, and determining the tax rate. The manager serves as the council’s chief advisor. Managers also serve at the pleasure of the council and are responsible for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, and hiring and firing personnel.

Typically, the mayor is recognized as the political head of the municipality but is a member of the legislative body and does not have the power to veto legislative actions.

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