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City Manager Selection

Following a national search and rigorous selection process, the Arvada City Council has appointed Lorie Gillis as Arvada’s next city manager. The appointment was a unanimous decision. Ms. Gillis has been Arvada’s deputy city manager since 2014. She will be the first female to hold the city manager position in Arvada. Ms. Gillis will begin serving in her new role on Sept. 26. The public will be invited to meet the new city manager during a public open house to be announced in September.

About Lorie Gillis

Lorie Gillis

Lorie Gillis has been serving as the Deputy City Manager with the City of Arvada since 2014. Prior to Lorie working at the City of Arvada, she held roles with Jefferson County Schools to include, Chief Financial Officer (2004-2014) and Executive Director Budget Management and Development (2002-2004). Ms. Gillis also worked at City of Golden as the Director of Finance and Administration from 1996-2002. Ms. Gillis has a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership - Applied Business Management from Colorado State University Global Campus, and most recently attended John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education, where she was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government. 

Selection Process

Following the announcement by Arvada City Manager Mark Deven that he would be retiring in October 2022, the City of Arvada began the process of conducting a national search to fill this very important position. The CIty received 37 applications for the City Manager position. Nineteen applicants met the minimum qualifications, as determined by Human Resources. The City’s selection team further screened this group for the best fit to the City Council’s priorities and interviewed seven candidates as semi-finalists. The selection team agreed unanimously on three top candidates following a series of onsite interviews and exercises over a week-long period with the highly competitive candidates. One of the top finalists withdrew from consideration for personal reasons, leaving two finalists in the process. After a series of additional interviews in August, and taking into consideration community feedback, the Arvada City Council made their unanimous decision on Aug. 9, 2022. 

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.