Phoenix city manager Frank Fairbanks has announced his retirement after 19 years as the top administrator of the nation's fifth-largest city.
Fairbanks plans to leave his post in November. The 37-year city employee has been city manager since 1990.
The move comes as the city struggles with falling tax revenues caused by the economic slowdown. city officials said Wednesday that they plan a nationwide search for a replacement.
Fairbanks joined the city in 1972 as a management assistant and worked up to assistant manager before taking the top job.
He served two years in the Peace Corps worked briefly for the Small Business Administration before he joined the city.
The 62-year-old Phoenix native and his wife have five grown children.