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City Manager Selection

Following the announcement by Arvada City Manager Mark Deven that he will be retiring in October 2022, the City of Arvada began the process of conducting a national search to fill this very important position.

For Candidates

The application period has closed.

For Residents–Community Engagement

During the recruitment process, residents were invited to provide feedback on Speak Up Arvada regarding the characteristics they would like to see in a city manager. That survey has closed. Thanks to all who participated. The Arvada City Council will use the feedback to assist them as they review candidates.. 

During the selection process, community engagement opportunities will continue. The next one will be an August open house Meet and Greet (TBA), where residents will be able to meet potential candidates. Once Council has made their selection and a start date set, the community will be invited to meet the new city manager.

Timeline: the following is an approximate timeline for the recruitment and selection period.

  • May 6 through June 3: Application period open. 

  • June through July: Candidate finalists interviewed and posted on, and top candidates presented to Council

  • August 8: Public Open House Meet and Greet for candidates

  • August: Council interviews and selects new city manager

  • Late September: New city manager start date

  • Late September: Public meets new city manager

Position Overview

Reporting to the City Council, the City Manager provides strategic and forward-looking leadership to the entire City team within the five priority areas/work systems: Safe Community, Organizational and Service Effectiveness, Vibrant Community and Neighborhoods, Community and Economic Development and Infrastructure to ensure appropriate and effective resource allocation supporting the Council Strategic Plan