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Arvada Deputy City Manager Bill Ray Receives Lifetime Achievent Award

Arvada, CO…… Deputy City Manager Bill Ray, who will retire as of June 1, 2018, was recently awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Colorado City/County Managers Association (CCCMA).  This award recognizes a CCCMA member for significant, long-term contributions to local government, the profession, and CCCMA.  His nomination was submitted by City Manager Mark Deven with input from colleagues across the State of Colorado. It reads, in part:

  • Bill has been a leader among Colorado’s municipal managers for 40 years. The following information briefly summarizes Bill’s notable accomplishments while serving communities of 1,000 to 100,000 residents in the Centennial State:   
  • While serving the San Luis Valley COG, Bill helped to launch a mushroom farm and developed a keen understanding of regional planning and intergovernmental collaboration.
  • He served as the first Town Manager of Pagosa Springs (1980-1982) and then served as the Economic Development Director of the Southern Ute Tribe (1983-1984).
  • As Grand Lake City Manager (1984-1992), Bill was a founding member of an economic development group, completed redevelopment of the downtown area, and actively protected water resources through a separate regional initiative.
  • While serving Cortez (1992-1999), Bill helped to form “Leadership Montezuma” for Montezuma County, tripled the size of the Cortez park system. and created a partnership to generate more affordable housing.
  • While serving as interim manager for Mancos (1999), Bill helped to address the needs of a divisive and conflicted community while the City Council was in the process of selecting a permanent manager;
  • In Arvada, Bill served as Public Works Director beginning in 2000 prior to his appointment as Deputy City Manager in 2005. Presently, Bill oversees operation of the Police, Parks, Information Technology and Utilities Departments in addition to being a highly valued, well respected and absolutely essential member of Arvada’s Leadership Team.

Bill Ray and Tim Gagen photo

Pictured: Bill Ray (Right) and Tim Gagen (Left)


Bill has made outstanding contributions to the city management profession. After receiving his graduate degree from the CU Denver School of Public Affairs, Bill has often returned to the School as a part time instructor out of his passion and commitment to prepare the next generation of managers.

He has also served local government in Colorado as president of the Colorado Municipal League.

Bill’s service to CCCMA has included membership on the Board of Directors and President (1998-1999).


CCCMA is a statewide association of local government managers and assistants. The organization, in addition to offering the usual career development focus to its members, is also a great support network both professionally and personally. The organization tends to the professional needs of its members that come from the unique challenges of the profession, including a transition program that supports members undergoing job separation.