Toppenish City Council Announces Departure of City Manager Debbie Zabell and Appointment of Interim City Manager Dan Ford 

The City of Toppenish regrets to announce the departure of City Manager Debbie Zabell. Zabell has been an invaluable asset to the city for the last 15+ years and has played a pivotal role in numerous initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life for Toppenish residents. 

After serving nearly two years as Toppenish City Manager, Zabell informed the City Council of her resignation in early March. During her tenure as the first female City Manager to serve Toppenish residents, Zabell has overseen various projects, from infrastructure improvements to community engagement initiatives, leaving a lasting positive impact on the Toppenish community. Her dedication, leadership, and commitment to serving the citizens of Toppenish have been commendable.


Considering Zabell’s departure, the Toppenish City Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Ford as the interim City Manager, Ford currently serves as the Assistant City Manager and brings with him a wealth of experience in municipal management.

Ford’s extensive background in municipal engineering, expertise in community and economic development, combined with his understanding of Toppenish’s unique needs and challenges, make him the ideal candidate to lead the city during this transition period. The City Council has full confidence in Ford’s ability to effectively manage city operations and continue the momentum of progress in Toppenish.

The City Council extends its gratitude to Debbie Zabell for her dedicated service and wishes her all the best in her future endeavors. Toppenish looks forward to continuing its tradition of excellence under the leadership of Interim City Manager Dan Ford.