Adams County names new manager

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Economic development, community outreach and transportation are among the top goals of the new Adams County manager.

Todd Leopold of Thornton will take the reigns as county manager Friday, Nov. 1, following the retirement of Jim Robinson.

“I am privileged to work with the commissioners to build upon the positive strategies they have put in place to move the organization forward,” Leopold said.

Leopold joined Adams County as deputy manager in September 2012. In that role, he reorganized the former Public Works Department into the new Transportation Department, with a focus transparency and efficiency; and created the Neighborhood Services Department, which merged external services to help provide better customer service.

Commissioner Erik Hansen said that in Leopold’s year with Adams County, he has already had a profound impact on the way it conducts business.

“Todd’s fresh perspective and new energy will surely reinforce the county’s efforts to enhance our organizational integrity,” he said.

Leopold’s goals include streamlining the county’s development review process in order to strengthen partnerships with the business and development partners in the county and to farther improve community relations.

“The commissioners recently introduced town hall meetings this past year, and we will be looking for other new ways to thoughtfully engage our citizens to ensure that we are working to meet the needs of citizens throughout the county — in both our municipalities and our unincorporated areas,” Leopold said.

He also plans to work collaboratively with partner organizations on transportation planning efforts.

“As improvements are made to our major transportation networks, it is important that we work closely with our cities to ensure proper development takes place within those transportation corridors,” Leopold said.  

Leopold’s role as county manager will differ than that of the outgoing Robinson, as the board of commissioners has decided to reorganize the country from a county administrator structure to a county manager system.

“A county manager has more authority and a greater ability to maintain best practices in government,” said board chair Eva Henry. “The new structure creates checks and balances, removes political influences and ensures accountability. All of these things will serve our constituents well.”

Leopold explained that under the county manager structure, the primary role is to carry out the policy direction of the commissioners by integrating best local government business practices, and to oversee county staff to ensure the best customer service is provided.

Leopold has more than 18 years of experience working for various city, county and regional planning organizations throughout Colorado and New Mexico, including a 12-year stint with Jefferson County. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.

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