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City Manager Mark Deven Announces Retirement Effective Oct. 7

The City of Arvada has announced that after 11 years as Arvada City Manager and 41 years working in local government, City Manager Mark Deven will retire from public service, effective at the end Oct. 7. The search for a Mark Devennew city manager will begin within the next several months.

Mr. Deven will retire having successfully led the City through a period of significant change that most recently included a global pandemic, but also included improved strategic planning, management of City resources and critical investments and projects supporting City infrastructure.

“Mark Deven has delivered excellent service to the Arvada community, our City Team and the City Council throughout his 11-year tenure with the City,” said Arvada Mayor Marc Williams. “His passion for public service is evident every day. On behalf of the entire City Council, we wish him the very best in his well-deserved retirement.”

During Deven’s tenure, the City advanced its strategic planning to better align projects and initiatives with City Council priorities, implemented 10-year financial plans and other measures that have helped the City achieve a AAA Bond rating, addressed infrastructure reinvestment through increased allocation to the annual street maintenance program. During the period, the City also executed the Ralston Road and W. 72nd Avenue bond projects, and completed the West Woods Clubhouse remodel, the Olde Town Transit Hub, and various improvements to the water, wastewater and stormwater systems. Most recently, Mr. Deven helped to lead the City and community through the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with the City Council, the Leadership Team, business community and other community partners.

For the vast majority of his 41-year career, Mr. Deven has served in various capacities within local government. Most recently, he served as 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. Mr. Deven started with the City on Oct. 1, 2011. 

Within the next several months, the City Council, working with the City’s Human Resources team, will begin a recruitment and selection process with the objective of announcing a successor shortly before Mr. Deven’s departure in October.

The City will provide additional information about the process as it develops.