The City of Arvada operates within a council-manager form of government. This system of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council, with the managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The plan establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council as a whole and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services.
The City Manager's office supervises implementation of policy and procedure as directed by the City Council through coordination and supervision of operations in all city departments. Staff also works with the City Council members on legislative matters and intergovernmental relations; works with citizens and neighborhoods; prepares City Council agendas; oversees franchises including telecommunications, energy, and more; submits a recommended budget to the City Council; is responsible for public information including media relations, marketing and communications, and cable and on-line video programming; and much more.
Arvada’s city manager is Mark Deven, who started with the city on October 1, 2011. Mr. Deven received his Masters of Public Administration degree in 1982 from California State University, Long Beach. He was assistant city manager of Concord, California, from 2004 to 2007, and city manager of Woodland, California, from 2007 to 2011, immediately prior to joining Arvada.