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The award-winning City of Westminster, Colorado is seeking an accomplished local government leader as its next City Manager. This attractive, full-service community, known for its vision and commitment to planned open space is located just 20 minutes west of Denver and 20 minutes east of Boulder. Westminster’s location and popularity have spurred significant development over the past 40 years, making it currently the ninth largest city in Colorado. Approximately 71,000 of the City’s residents reside within Adams County, while 45,000 are residents of Jefferson County.

Westminster is searching for an individual with a tested, successful management record and a demonstrated commitment to service delivery excellence. The city is well positioned for continued economic growth but forecasts a more moderate pace of development than experienced in recent decades. The Mayor and Council desire a focused, results-driven leader who will methodically and effectively implement strategies and practices consistent with and supportive of the City’s vision, mission, values, and strategic plan and who will establish a clear expectation of excellence, transparency, and accountability for all departments. The next City Manager will be a respected leader who understands the importance of Westminster playing a prominent role in regional affairs. Westminster operates as a Home Rule municipality with a tradition of council-manager government dating back to the adoption of the City’s charter in 1958.

 

 

 

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Mark Freitag Selected as Westminster's Next City Manager

The City of Westminster has selected Mark Freitag for city manager. City Council voted on Freitag’s employment contract in open session on August 22, 2022

 “I am honored that City Council has selected me as Westminster's next City Manager,” said Freitag. “I look forward to having the opportunity of leading the City’s staff and serving the wonderful people of Westminster!”


Westminster has selected Mark Freitag as the finalist for city manager

The City of Westminster has selected Mark Freitag as its finalist for city manager after an extensive engagement process with the community and city staff.  

“We have learned a good deal about Mark through this intensive recruitment process, and we have chosen him to be the leader of our community,” said Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally. “We believe he will bring the focus and leadership needed to strengthen the City’s core services and improve our community’s quality of life.” 

“Interim City Manager Jody Andrews has been an excellent transitional leader for the city, and I want to thank him for his service over the past ten months.” Interim City Manager Andrews will continue to lead the city until Mr. Freitag’s employment contract is approved by City Council and he is sworn in as permanent city manager. Andrews will then return to his previous role as deputy city manager. 

Freitag has been the city manager of Janesville (WI) for the past nine years. Prior to his civil service, Freitag served our nation in the U.S. Army, including three combat deployments, and retired with distinction as colonel.  

Freitag directed operations and logistics as Garrison Commander for Fort Hood in Texas. Leading a staff of 5,500 personnel, Freitag was tasked with managing a $400 million annual budget, and the daily life, training, and operations on the base for 90,000 residents including soldiers and their families.  

Freitag graduated from West Point and earned a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C., and a Master’s Degree in Management from St. Mary College (KS).  

“I am honored that City Council has selected me as Westminster's next City Manager, and I eagerly anticipate their approval. I look forward to having the opportunity of leading the city’s staff and serving the wonderful people of Westminster!” said Freitag. 

Westminster City Council will vote on Freitag’s employment contract in open session at its next meeting on August 22, 2022. 

Meet the finalists for City Manager

On behalf of the Westminster City Council, please join Mayor Nancy McNally and the three finalists for City Manager on Tuesday, July 26 from 4-5 p.m. at City Park Recreation Center (10455 Sheridan Blvd) in the Longs Peak community room. Mayor McNally will lead a conversation with the candidates, and participants will have the opportunity for an informal conversation with the candidates following the event. 

City Council welcomed resident feedback via an online survey which closed 24 hours after the event. 

The meet-and-greet event will be live-streamed and recorded on the City’s YouTube channel for those who prefer to attend virtually. You can view the livestream on the City's YouTube or Facebook.

Last Tuesday, the City announced the three finalists who were chosen after a months-long nationwide search. You can find additional information about each candidate below.

Westminster Selects Three Finalists for City Manager

After a national search led by an executive search firm, the City of Westminster has selected three finalists for city manager. The finalists will participate in a series of on-site exercises, interviews, and meet-and-greets with residents and staff from July 26 to 28, 2022. “The Westminster City Council is committed to moving this process forward in a professional, transparent, and time-efficient manner,” said Mayor Nancy McNally. 

Additional event information about the meet-and-greets for residents and staff will be available in the coming days.

Meet the Finalists

Jody AndrewsJody Andrews 

Mr. Andrews has served as the City of Westminster’s (population 116,000) Interim City Manager since October 2021. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Andrews served as the City of Westminster’s Deputy City Manager (2015-2021) and Public Works Director (2013-2015). Prior to his work for Westminster, Mr. Andrews served as the Deputy City Manager in Vancouver, Canada. During his tenure with the City of Vancouver, he served as the Project Manager for Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Village. In addition, Mr. Andrews served as the Director at the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (2009-2012) where he led the design and construction of the new Capital City of the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Andrews earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia.  


Mark Freitag 

Mr. Freitag has served as the City Manager of the City of Janesville, WI (population 65,000) since 2013. He leads a diverse workforce of 560 employees with an annual operating budget of $129 million. Prior to his work for the City of Janesville, Mr. Freitag served as a Colonel for the US Army. Mr. Freitag was most recently stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where he directed operations and logistics for a staff of 400, annual operating budget of $170 million, 12,000 soldiers, and 25,000 family members. Mr. Freitag earned a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington D.C. as well as a Master’s degree in Management from St. Mary College. 


Jennifer Phillips 

Ms. Phillips most recently served as the City Manager for the City of Bothell, WA (population 47,500). This full-service city employs approximately 350 staff members and has a biennial budget of approximately $229 million. Prior to her work with the City of Bothell, Ms. Phillips served as the City Manager of St. Helena, CA; the Assistant City Manager of Santa Rosa, CA; and the Assistant City Manager of Santa Monica, CA. Ms. Phillips earned her Master of Public Administration from California State University-Long Beach. 

 

 


Conoce a los finalistas para gestor municipal

En nombre del concejo municipal de Westminster, únase a la alcaldesa Nancy McNally y a los tres finalistas para gestor municipal el martes 26 de julio de 4 p.m. a 5 p.m. en el centro de recreación City Park (10455 Sheridan Blvd.) en el salón comunitario de Longs Peak.  La alcaldesa McNally dirigirá una conversación con los candidatos y los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de tener una conversación informal con los candidatos después del evento.

Los residentes podrán ofrecer sus comentarios a la alcaldesa y al concejo municipal a través de una encuesta en línea. La encuesta estará disponible para todos los asistentes durante el evento del martes y permanecerá abierta durante 24 horas. Envíe sus comentarios antes del miércoles 27 de julio a las 4 p.m.

El evento de encuentro y bienvenida se transmitirá en vivo y se grabará en el canal de YouTube de la ciudad para aquellos que prefieran asistir virtualmente. Puede ver la transmisión en vivo en el siguiente enlace: YouTube o Facebook.

El martes pasado, la ciudad anunció los tres finalistas que fueron elegidos después de una búsqueda nacional de meses. Puede encontrar información adicional sobre cada candidato a continuación.

Jody Andrews

Jody Andrews se ha desempeñado como gestor municipal interino de la ciudad de Westminster (con una población de 116,000 habitantes) desde octubre de 2021. Antes de este nombramiento, el Sr. Andrews se desempeñó como gestor municipal adjunto de la ciudad de Westminster (2015-2021) y director de obras públicas (2013-2015). ). Antes de trabajar para Westminster, el Sr. Andrews se desempeñó como gestor municipal adjunto en Vancouver, Canadá. Durante su mandato en la Ciudad de Vancouver, se desempeñó como Gerente de Proyecto para la Villa Olímpica 2010 de Vancouver. Además, el Sr. Andrews se desempeñó como Director del Consejo de Planificación Urbana de Abu Dhabi (2009-2012), donde dirigió el diseño y la construcción de la nueva ciudad capital de los Emiratos Árabes Unidos. El Sr. Andrews obtuvo una licenciatura en Ciencias Aplicadas de la Universidad de Columbia Británica 


Mark Freitag

Mark Freitag se ha desempeñado como gestor municipal de la ciudad de Janesville, WI (población 65,000 habitantes) desde 2013. Dirige una fuerza laboral diversa de 560 empleados con un presupuesto operativo anual de $129 millones. Antes de trabajar para la ciudad de Janesville, el Sr. Freitag se desempeñó como coronel del ejército de los EE. UU. El Sr. Freitag estuvo destinado recientemente en Fort Wainwright, Alaska, donde dirigió las operaciones y la logística de un personal de 400 personas, un presupuesto operativo anual de $170 millones, 12 000 soldados y 25 000 miembros de familia. El Sr. Freitag obtuvo una Maestría en Estrategia de Seguridad Nacional del National War College en Washington D.C., así como una Maestría en Administración por St. Mary College.


Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips se desempeñó recientemente como gestor de la ciudad de Bothell, WA (población 47,500 habitantes). Esta ciudad emplea de servicio completo emplea aproximadamente 350 miembros del personal y tiene un presupuesto bienal de aproximadamente $229 millones. Antes de su trabajo con la ciudad de Bothell, la Sra. Phillips se desempeñó como gestor de la ciudad de St. Helena, CA; la subgerente de la ciudad de Santa Rosa, CA; y como administradora adjunta de la ciudad de Santa Mónica, CA. La Sra. Phillips obtuvo su maestría en administración pública de la Universidad Estatal de California en Long Beach.