Westminster's city manager search down to three finalists

Luke Zarzecki
lzarzecki@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/18/22

Mayor Nancy McNally announced on July 11 that the city narrowed down their city manager search to three candidates after three days of interviewing on July 6,7 and 8. 

 

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Westminster's city manager search down to three finalists

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The search for Westminster's next top administrator is down to three candidates — including the interim occupant of the job.

Mayor Nancy McNally announced on July 11 that the City Councilors have narrowed down their city manager search to three candidates after three days of interviewing on July 6, 7 and 8. 

In all, 33 people initially applied and the city used an executive search firm to conduct the national search.

“It’s been so far a delight in this process to work with these other six councilors,” she said. “We are still able to laugh and do what we need to do.” 

Each of the candidates will participate in on-site exercises and interviews, as well as meet and greets with the community and city staff between July 26 and 28. 

Those finalists are Interim City Manager Jody Andrews, Mark Freitag and Jennifer Phillips. 

Andrews stepped up to the city manager interim role in October 2021 when Donald Tripp resigned after six years on the job and nine years with the city. Before being hired as City Manager in 2015, Tripp served as director of the city's Parks, Recreation and Libraries.

Andrews previously served as Westminster’s Deputy City Manager, Deputy City Manager in Vancouver, Canada and as the Director at the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. He holds a degree from the University of British Columbia. 

Freitag hails from Janesville, Wisconsin where he has been the City Manager since 2013. He served as a Colonel for the U.S. Army and directed operations and logistics for a staff of 400, annual operating budget of $170 million, 12,000 soldiers and 25,000 family members in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He holds degrees from the National War College and St. Mary College. 

Phillips most recently was the city manager for the City of Bothell, Washington. Prior, she was the City Manager of St. Helena, California, Assistant City Manager of Santa Rosa, California and the Assistant City Manager of Santa Monica, California. She holds a degree from California State University-Long Beach.

The City will announce the details of the meet and greets on the website in the coming weeks.

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