City Manager

Organization: City of Golden, Colorado
Salary: Highly competitive starting salary and excellent benefits based upon qualifications and experience.
Close Date: May 8. 2015

Job Description:

Golden, Colorado is the county seat of Jefferson County. At an elevation of 5,675 feet, the City covers 9 square miles and has more than 300 days of sunshine and a spectacular setting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Golden is home to the Colorado School of Mines and Molson Coors Brewery and to many high-tech companies. It has an historic, pedestrian-friendly downtown and vibrant restaurant, recreation and art scenes. Golden is conveniently located 15 miles from Denver, 20 miles from Boulder and 35 miles from the Denver International Airport.

Golden lies along Clear Creek at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The City was founded in 1859 during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush and served as the capital of the provisional Territory of Jefferson from 1860 to 1861 and as capital of the Territory of Colorado from 1862 to 1867.

The City operates under the council-manager form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in the City Council, consisting of the Mayor and six other members. The Council is elected on a non-partisan basis for four-year staggered terms, with elections every two years. Four of the council members are elected by wards, two by districts (each encompassing two wards), and the Mayor is elected at large. The City Council is primarily responsible for passing ordinances and resolutions, adopting the budget, appointing committees, and hiring the City Manager, City Attorney and the Municipal Court Judge. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and direction of the Council, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City and appointing the heads of the various departments.

The City provides a full range of services including police, fire, streets, water, wastewater, drainage, public improvements, parks and recreation, planning and development, and general administrative services. The Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Police Departments are all nationally accredited, with the City having the first municipal parks and recreation department in Colorado to achieve such distinction. The City is one of seven jurisdictions in the nation to achieve accreditation in all three departments. These distinctions are an indication of the quality of the City’s employees, operations, and services provided. Golden’s 2015 total budget is $71,684,795. The City has 217 full-time employees. Its current City Manager, Mike Bestor, is retiring with approximately 22 years in the position.

Requirements include a Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration or a related field (Master's degree preferred) combined with six years of increasingly responsible experience in a local public agency in an administrative and managerial capacity involving responsibility for the planning, organization, implementation, and supervision of varied work programs. Must have proven strong management and leadership skills, be an open and positive communicator, a team manager, strong in finance and budget, a proven advocate for employee development and skilled in employee relations. Must be committed to and enjoy being part of and working with an engaged community. Golden offers a highly competitive starting salary and excellent benefits based upon qualifications and experience. Residency is required subsequent to appointment. Additional information can be found at the consultant's and the City’s website:

Apply by May 8, 2015 with cover letter, resume and current salary to:

Robert E. Slavin or David Krings
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road #A-1
Norcross, GA 30071
Phone: 770/449-4656
Fax 770/416-0848


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