Seeking a Strategic & Collaborative Deputy City Administrator  

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Deputy City Administrator


Founded in 1888 by Mary Miller, the City of Lafayette has historical roots as a coal-mining and agricultural community. Lafayette has since grown into a unique community with a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and unparalleled recreational opportunities. Each year, the City hosts many exciting and diverse events, including Art Night Out, a Fourth of July Celebration, the Lafayette Peach Festival, the Lafayette Brew Fest, and the Lafayette Oatmeal Festival. Lafayette has appeared on numerous national lists of top places to live and raise a family.

The City is situated along U.S. Highway 287 just over 22 miles north of Denver and 11 miles east of Boulder, Colorado. Lafayette encompasses 9.54 square miles and is home to a population of approximately 29,000.


Lafayette is a thriving and diverse community located near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Our residents enjoy robust services and amenities including the Great Outdoors Water Park, an award -winning skate park, the Indian Peaks Golf Course designed by Hale Irwin, a senior center, The Collective Community Arts Center, Art on the Street public art program, Waneka Lake Park and Boat House, 20 community parks, 1,617 acres of open space, 20 miles of trails, Lafayette Public Library, and the NRPA Gold Medal Award-winning Bob L. Burger Recreation Center. The City hosts multiple community events, and touts a vibrant downtown experience.

  • Government: Lafayette is managed by a Council/Manager form of government. City Administrator Fritz Sprague partners with a seven-member City Council that is elected at-large; the Council elects the Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem. The City is politically stable and enjoys support of City Council embracing new ideas and excellence in service delivery.
  • Employees: As a full-service municipality, Lafayette employs 219 full-time and 500+ part-time and seasonal employees who serve our creative, diverse, and eclectic community . Our employees are our most valuable resource. Together, we provide police and fire protection, EMS, water and water reclamation utilities, recreation, open space, parks, golf, library, street maintenance, building permits, planning applications, liquor and marijuana licensing, and transportation planning.
  • Finances: The City is financially stable as evident in our AA+ General Obligation Bond rating and AAA rating for Water Enterprise Fund Bonds. Current City budget priorities include: a multi-modal transportation master plan, a focus on water security and quality, a water reclamation treatment facility expansion, a community comprehensive plan, an economic development market study, a cultural arts master plan, a historic preservation master plan, and updates and advancements in sustainability, technology, and project management.

The City's 2020 operating and capital budget of $116 million will be an ambitious undertaking as we develop our new vision and culture. The City is poised to take organizational performance and service delivery to the next level, and the Deputy City Administrator will play an integral role as part of these improvements. The Deputy City Administrator will work closely with the Human Resources Director and employee teams in creating a values-based culture integrated into our organizational systems and processes.


The Deputy City Administrator position is an integral part of our City 's executive team, and serves as a strong leader for the entire City. The ideal candidate will set an example by demonstrating the following traits:

  • Embodies integrity and fairness
  • Utilizes creative and critical thinking to solve problems successfully
  • Communicates effectively and shares information transparently
  • Is personable and approachable, with a good sense of humor
  • Embraces and promotes innovation
  • Employs strong listening and self-awareness skills
  • Is collaborative and team to oriented
  • Shares ideas and expertise to advance organizational and employee success
  • Provides feedback and direction, and has the skills to navigate through difficult and challenging situations
  • Values interpersonal relationships
  • Executes a strategic plan to achieve the desired future

The ideal candidate will be an experienced, committed public sector leader, knowledgeable of municipal operations and infrastructure across the organization, as well as regional issues and community character. He or she will be adept in fiscal, resource, and project management, with the ability to successfully manage competing interests and initiatives to deliver projects to completion. The ideal candidate will value teamwork, communication, efficiency, organizational and employee development, have fun, and collaborate naturally in a dynamic environment. The City of Lafayette is a progressive organization that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion and the Deputy City Administrator will be expected to model these community and organizational values.


The new Deputy City Administrator is a innovative and highly visible leader on the City leadership team, supporting the City Administrator in creating an exciting climate of change management and implementation of new ideas. Based on the talents and experience of the successful candidate, the Deputy will lead large projects within the City and support the City Administrator 's goals, values and initiatives. Direct reports will be determined based upon the background and experience of the successful candidate. Collaboration is an important organizational value, and the successful candidate will synthesize information from many avenues, including the City Administrator, department directors, other staff, and outside agencies to effectively coordinate plans an activities to achieve organizational and community objectives.


The Deputy City Administrator will possess outstanding leadership skills, an ability to work with people with diverse experiences; excellent communication, presentation, conflict management, and team to building skills. The successful candidate must be a strong generalist versed in municipal management and be a champion of project management as a method of providing cost-efficient services accurately on time and on budget. A strong customer service orientation, excellent judgement and the ability to align organizational structure and resources with service delivery will also be important. Master's degree in Organizational Leadership, Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field required. Eight years of increasingly responsible professional municipal experience with a minimum of five years supervisory experience. Experience in economic development is also desired.


For more information, please contact Pam Spring, Human Resources Director

(303) 661-1253


Closing deadline for applications:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020 AT 5 pm

The City will conduct preliminary video interviews

February 24, 26, and 28.

Interested candidates should plan their calendars accordingly.


Please apply online at

Applications should be accompanied by a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume.

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