Congratulations to Sam Azad, the new city manager for the City of Pueblo. Azad was chosen Monday night by the City Council to step into the top administrative position for our community. Azad has been with the city since 2010, as Finance Director. As such, he is fully aware of the constraints and challenges we face in these tight economic times. Azad says he was "humbled" by Council's decision and promised commitment to "improving prosperity and quality of life" for all people who live in Pueblo. The City Council also approved a $77 million dollar budget for 2013, a budget that Azad played a major part in developing. There may be some tough times ahead, but the city is certainly up to them with Azad at the helm.