Christopher J. Brady
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211
Hours of Operation
City Manager Christopher J. Brady
The City Manager, as the City's chief administrative officer, administers the functions of the City in accordance with the City Charter, Ordinances, and established policies.
The City Manager's Office provides centralized direction and leadership for the effective administration and operations of all municipal services for the City of Mesa as directed by the City Council and serves as the focal point for the management of the City staff departments.
The City Manager's Office prepares and submits to the City Council a balanced budget of municipal services in adherence with the policy goals and objectives by the City Council while employing such managerial techniques as needed to assure efficient and effective utilization of the City's resources.
Chris Brady became City Manager of Mesa, Arizona in January 2006. With more than 25 years of public sector management experience, he is the Chief Administrative Officer of a municipality with approximately 3,500 employees, an annual operating and capital budget of $1.2 billion and a population of 450,000 residents. Mesa, Arizona is the nation's 39th largest city.
He was hired by the Mayor and City Council in 2005 to bring new leadership and direction to City government. During his tenure, Brady has reorganized City departments, streamlined business operations, improved customer service and professionalism of City staff, and steered the City through some of the most difficult economic times in recent history.
Working with the Mayor, City Council, business and community leaders and residents, he has been instrumental in improving the City's financial and budgeting models earning the respect of his peers, and more importantly, Mesa residents. These efforts included the passage of several capital bond initiatives for streets and public safety, with debt service being tied to a secondary property tax (the first in more than 65 years). The City's general obligation bond rating was upgraded by Standard and Poor's Rating Service to AA and in 2010, the City's Aa2 general obligation bond rating was reaffirmed by major rating agencies.
Brady has also used his experience and expertise in economic development to guide the City's business attraction and retention efforts including the executive role in the City's H.E.A.T. initiative which focuses economic development activity on Mesa's key industries - Healthcare, Educations, Aerospace, Tourism and Technology. Some of these successes are First Solar, Banner Health facilities expansions, Able Engineering, Crescent Crown Distributing, Embraer, Cessna, Waxie, Air Force Research Lab and the Chicago Cubs Western U.S. Headquarters and Spring Training Facility.
Prior to joining the City of Mesa, Brady served as Assistant City Manager of the City of San Antonio for ten years. He also served in various executive management and administrative positions for Bellaire, TX, Houston, TX, and Provo, UT.
Brady earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University in 1987 and Master of Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University in 1989.
Brady is married and has four children.