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City Manager – Louisville, Colorado


The Position

Louisville’s next city manager will have the opportunity to live and work in one of Metro Denver’s premier communities. Nestled near the gorgeous Rocky Mountain foothills, Louisville is perennially ranked as one of the best small towns in the United States for its outstanding quality of life. Money magazine and others have recognized Louisville’s highly educated population, recreational opportunities, family-friendly ambiance, high-tech acumen, urban amenities, and low crime rate. Louisville is a small town with big ambition and leads the nation in economic and environmental sustainability.

Appointed by the City Council, the city manager serves as the chief administrative officer, who implements council policies, provides organizational leadership for department directors and employees and oversees the day-to-day business of government operations. Those operations include the departments of Public Works, Police, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Building Safety, Human Resources, Library and Museum Services, City Clerk, Finance, Information Technology, and Economic Development.

Form of Government

Louisville operates with a Council-Manager form of government and is a home rule charter city. The non-partisan City Council consists of the Mayor, elected at-large, and six council members, elected from three wards. Terms of office are four years and limited to two terms. Ward representative elections are staggered. Elections happen in odd-numbered years.

In addition to the city manager, the City Council appoints the city attorney, the municipal judge, the prosecuting attorney, and 15 separate boards and commissions.

The Organization

The City’s structure and operations have been designed to ensure an open and responsive government that integrates a highly dedicated staff, thoughtful elected officials, an involved citizenry, diverse businesses, and regional cooperation to provide high-quality and cost-effective services.

Louisville provides a wide range of services to residents and businesses including water and sewer; police protection; planning, zoning, and building safety; street and road maintenance; parks, open space and recreation; a library; a historical museum, and a golf course.

The City employs 185 full-time employees and 265 part-time and seasonal employees.

The FY2017 General Fund Budget is a program based budget and totals $37,627,682. The City plans to devote nearly $19 million in 2017 to significant infrastructure projects.


The requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree with a history of continuing education and professional development and ten years of local government experience, including five years of management/supervision. Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in public administration or related field, experience as a City or County Manager or Administrator or as an Assistant/Deputy, ICMA-Credentialed Manager designation, strong financial management and budgeting skills, and a track record of success in economic development, business and civic engagement, working with an elected body and handling policy changes.

Residency within the city’s corporate limits is required by the Louisville City Charter and would be expected within six months of starting employment.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for an energetic professional who relishes challenging situations, enjoys a diverse range of opinion, and has an unwavering commitment to public service. The next city manager will be an effective communicator, comfortable interacting with all audiences, especially elected officials, businesses, and an informed and engaged citizenry. He or she needs to understand and collaborate on the technical, economic, and political aspects of complex issues and be able to frame and clearly articulate alternative resolutions and recommendations for consideration. The next city manager will be an approachable leader and experienced at using creativity to build and maintain partnerships with government, private, and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. The ideal candidate will inherit a hard-working group of employees and a need to bring departments together to solve issues and bridge the gap between policy and administration. He or she will be a perceptive and strategic thinker, with a motivating ability to inspire and focus the organization on its future vision and guarantee Louisville’s long-term success.

The Community

Established in 1878, Louisville retains connections to its modest mining and agricultural beginnings while continuing to transform into one of the most livable, innovative, and economically diverse communities in the United States.
Covering nine square miles, Louisville has a population of 20,112 residents and is located in Boulder County, about six miles east of Boulder and a short commute northwest of Downtown Denver. We also boast a population with 70% of residents with a college degree, contributing to a median family income of $91,230.

The City owns, either alone or in conjunction with other governmental entities, approximately 1700 acres of designated open space. Throughout the community, there are also 29 parks and over 32 miles of interconnecting trails for biking and hiking. These neighborhood trails connect Louisville to a larger network of trails along U.S. Highway 36 and other major regional roadways enabling residents to savor the natural beauty of the entire northern metro area within minutes.

In addition to abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, Louisville residents have access to arts and culture, sports, great restaurants, and the state’s third highest ranked school district. In the City’s 2016 Citizen Survey, 98% of survey respondents rated Louisville as a place to live as excellent or good and 97% rated its quality of life as excellent or good.

Residents and visitors can experience a vibrant, authentic Main Street experience that includes extensive outdoor dining; a thriving craft beer industry; Bon Appetit magazine’s best new bakery; a historical museum; landmarked homes and public buildings; art galleries and boutiques; an in-season farmers market; live music venues; and a state-of-the-art library. Community events are numerous and fun, including assorted 5K and 10K runs, bike races, outdoor music concerts, art walks, and seasonal festivals.

The proximity to The University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines as well as several national laboratories, including NOAA, NIST, and NCAR, has spawned a robust high-tech business and manufacturing presence in Louisville’s Colorado Tech Center, a master planned business park. Some residents of CTC can work on the nation’s next space shuttle, exercise at the nearby climbing gym, and then enjoy a craft brew down the street.

As Money magazine noted, “Add in dry, clear weather, little crime, good health care, low taxes, and Louisville is pretty tough to beat.”


The expected hiring range is $150,000 – $200,000 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at and will be kept confidential. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter, resume with salary history, and a list of 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications October 18, 2017.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish or Chelsey Gordon at or 513-221-0500.

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