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Miranda retiring as Tucson city manager

Tucson's city manager, Richard Miranda, will resign at the end of July, he told Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the City Council in a brief memo Friday. Miranda "has been a steady, stabilizing presence, well-respected by city staff and the community," Rothschild said.

Miranda, in office since 2011, will retire effective July 31, he said.

"I feel it is time to make this move for my family and me," Miranda wrote.

Miranda was chief of police before becoming an assistant city manager in 2008. He then became interim city manager in 2011, before being appointed on a permanent basis in 2012.

"I count myself fortunate to have had Mr. Miranda serving as city manager these past three years," Rothschild said in a press release. "I have benefited from his counsel on many occasions. I respect his decision and wish him and his family all the best. He will leave some very big shoes to fill."

The City Council will likely begin a national search for Miranda's replacement after Memorial Day, the mayor said.

Miranda succeeded Mike Letcher as manager when the latter was fired by the Council in a unanimous vote in September 2011. Letcher was appointed by the council in 2009, after four members voted to fire former city manager Mike Hein.

Miranda was chief of the Tucson Police Department from 1998-2008, leaving to work as assistant city manager. He was promoted to deputy city manager in 2009.

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3 comments on this story

May 23, 2014, 1:00 pm
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I’m waiting for the announcement that he got yet another city job so he can scam them out of yet another pension.

May 23, 2014, 11:37 am
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Bon Voyage for the triple dipper!  No doubt with all his healthy pensions, he’ll probably be traveling the world…

May 23, 2014, 10:23 am
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This is better for everyone. He should have never been given that job in the first place, especially after demonstrating his incompetency when he was Chief of Police. Anyone remember his horrible bungling of the Fourth Avenue Riots, and his refusal to resign?

I say good riddance. Better for this community.

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Miranda in 2012.