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Joel Fick, Anaheim Deputy City Manager, To Retire After 35 Years With The City
ANAHEIM, CA - (February 23, 2009) - Anaheim City Manager David M. Morgan announced today that Deputy City Manager Joel Fick will leave the City on May 15, concluding more than 35 years of service to the City.

"Joel has made an incredible impact during his tenure with the City of Anaheim," said Morgan. "I truly respect Joel for his dedication to the City and its residents.  Joel’s passion for our community will be missed, but I wish him the best in retirement."

"The City of Anaheim has become a better place for our residents to live and travelers to visit," said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle.  "He has been a dedicated City employee, and all of us who live and work in the City are grateful for his many years of service."

Fick was appointed to the position of Deputy City Manager in January 2002.  As Deputy City Manager, Fick oversees the Planning Department, Community Development Department and Public Works Department.  Fick joined the City of Anaheim in 1974 as a Planning Aide, and in 1987 was appointed as the City’s Planning Director.

During his career with the City, Fick has led many community benefit and development efforts in Anaheim, including planning for the renovation and major projects within the Anaheim Resort area, the Platinum Triangle area, Anaheim GardenWalk, the Canyon Business Center, Festival Shopping Center, Anaheim Stadium, and the Arrowhead Pond/Honda Center.  Fick’s efforts to improve the neighborhoods in Anaheim and the quality of life for its residents can be seen in neighborhood beautification and enhancement efforts throughout the City, and in his work toward development of the master planned communities in the hill and canyon areas.  Additionally, Fick initiated the Citywide update of the General Plan, which led to the "greening of Anaheim" initiatives, as well as the development of the Platinum Triangle.

Fick, a resident of Anaheim for 49 years, attended elementary, middle and high school in the City. Fick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Fullerton (CSUF).   He served terms as the president of the Board of Directors of the CSUF Alumni Association, the Orange Section of the American Planning Association, and the Planning Directors Association of Orange County. He has also taught Planning courses at CSUF.

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ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is one of California's most populous and most visited cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 351,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.7 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as: Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.; L-3 Communications; Pacific Sunwear; and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including: Angels Baseball; Anaheim Ducks; the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with: The Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast; Honda Center; City National Grove of Anaheim; Anaheim GardenWalk; Angel Stadium of Anaheim; and ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center). In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes more than 20 million visitors to the City, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.


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