City Manager Michael Ortega Wins State Award

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega recently won the John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award from the Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA).

The award was created in 1997 to recognize city/county managers who demonstrate the highest level of professional excellence in local government and who have made life contributions in serving the profession. The award recognizes Ortega’s strong leadership, professional network, mentoring, and integrity he brings to his job.

Since becoming Tucson's city manager in July 2015, Ortega has successfully helmed four structurally balanced budget cycles that improved the City’s bond rating, recommended cost-of-living adjustments for employees, and reorganized City departments to break down silos and create efficiencies.