The city of Phoenix announces Ginger Spencer as the new Public Works Director. Spencer began her career with the city in 1998 and most recently has served as an Assistant Public Works Director.
Spencer will oversee the department of nearly 1,000 employees who provide garbage and recycling service to more than 400,000 residences, manage the maintenance of city-owned properties and vehicles, and provide oversight to the city’s special waste diversion programs including the Reimagine Phoenix Initiative and Zero Waste Education and Outreach. Overall, Spencer will manage a $245 million operating budget and $110 million, five-year capital improvement budget.
“I’ve known and worked with Ginger for more than 17 years. She is a consummate professional and the perfect person to continue the work of making Phoenix the most sustainable city in the world,” said Mayor Greg Stanton.
“Ginger’s leadership, experience and ability to successfully find creative solutions make her a great fit to lead our Public Works Department,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “Our Public Works Department has a reputation of providing outstanding services and I’m confident that Ginger will continue that.”
Spencer’s management career in Phoenix includes leadership roles in several departments including the city’s Family Advocacy Center, the Office of Arts and Culture, the Public Works Department and the City Manager’s Office.
“Ginger is an example of a homegrown technical expert who understands the need to be innovative and productive for the current and future needs of all Phoenix customers,” said Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher. “Waste management is a critical service that our city provides and Ginger brings the unique balance of understanding the need to be a leader who provides efficient results whether they affect one recycling container, bulk trash pick-up or a massive landfill.”
“I am humbled to be given this privilege to serve Phoenix residents as the next Public Works Director,” said Spencer. “I am ready to continue our legacy of providing the best solid waste, facilities and fleet services to our customers with the help of our dedicated employees.”
A Phoenix native, Spencer grew up in South Phoenix and attended Alhambra High School. She received her Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Her Bachelor of arts degree in Spanish comes from Arizona State University. She begins her role as director on April 29.