ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES HONORS GLENDALE EMPLOYEE -- Amy Handlong Named a 2020 Woman Achiever of Arizona



Amy Handlong Named a 2020 Woman Achiever of Arizona

Glendale, Ariz.-The city of Glendale is honored to announce that Executive Assistant to the City Manager Amy Handlong has been named one of Arizona’s Women Achievers of 2020. Each year, the Arizona Capitol Times honors women who have contributed greatly to the growth of our state.

Handlong was honored as an "unsung hero" for her work on behalf of serving City Managers in Glendale. Over a span of 13 years, Handlong has helped guide the work of 5 different City Managers. In that time, she has effectively helped manage critical operational responsibilities within an organization of over 1,700 employees who report to over a dozen departments, two Deputy City Managers, two Assistant City Managers, the City Manager and the Glendale City Council.

Handlong’s experience served her exceptionally well during the COVID-19 crisis. During that time, she took on the added responsibilities of working more closely with Councilmembers and supervising their assistants, as well as helping city staff deal with unprecedented challenges in their homes related to their health, childcare and education.

Currently, Handlong is the Executive Assistant to City Manager Kevin Phelps. "My warmest congratulations to Amy, who is very deserving of this honor," says Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps. "Amy excels in her work and has been a steadfast and loyal employee who has served Glendale’s leaders for many years, bringing important expertise that helps us serve our staff and community with excellence."

"I’d describe Amy as the glue of our organization," says Intergovernmental Program Manager Ryan Lee. "She’s someone who is a real "doer" for our City and a very humble colleague who doesn’t seek the spotlight."

In addition to her work in Glendale, Amy is very active in her church and has been a volunteer coach for many years, leaving a lasting impact on many young girls in her Northwest Valley community.

While her co-workers here in Glendale recognize Handlong’s skills and achievements on a daily basis, the Arizona Capitol Times will recognize her and her fellow nominees during a virtual ceremony later this month.

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