July 26, 2006 - The Oro Valley Town Council, at its July 19 meeting, unanimously approved hiring Assistant Town Manager David Andrews as the new town manager.

Town Manager Chuck Sweet announced in May that he plans to step down on Sept. 1. Sweet cited "a personal change in direction" as reason for his resignation.

The council opted to conduct an internal search for the position before advertising the post to out-of-town applicants. Andrews is the only one who applied.

Sweet said he is pleased Andrews got the job. He also said looking internally is important because conducting state or nationwide searches are expensive and time consuming.

"And it sends a positive message to the entire staff when you look internally first," Sweet said.

Vice Mayor Terry Parish said at the meeting that Sweet did such a good job of "bringing up Andrews" the town doesn't need to look any further.

Andrews, who has worked in Oro Valley's government since 1991, said he is excited by the opportunity.

"This is a great community and a great council," Andrews said. "We can achieve the goals we set forth, and I'm very excited to be a part of it."

Andrews said he loves Oro Valley, which makes his job fun.

The Texas native moved to Tucson in 1988 to earn a Masters degree in public administration from the University of Arizona. He worked in South Tucson's finance department for a year before taking over as finance director in Oro Valley. The town then had fewer than 7,000 residents and the government operated out of a converted house on Calle Concordia.

The town promoted Andrews to assistant town manager in 2005, though he still kept up many of his finance director duties.

Several council members noted Andrews' background in finance as reasons for his prompt hiring.

"Particularly with his financial background, we think he has all the strengths and qualifications," said Councilman Barry Gillaspie.

The council interviewed Andrews during an executive session before the public meeting.

Gillaspie said the council questioned Andrews about his management style, future problems in Oro Valley, ways Andrews could positively promote the town and build public trust.

Gillaspie said Andrews would ensure continuity within the local government. Though Gillaspie initially disapproved of the plan to only search within town staff first, he said he thinks the town made the right decision.

"I'm all for it," he said.

Andrews' squeaky-clean background may have aided in his swift approval.

In his 13 years working for the town, Andrews has never received performance review marks below "meets expectations," the second highest category. Since November 2002, he has received only the highest marks on his twice-yearly reviews.

Andrews officially will assume his new role the second week of September.

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