County Manager

Jefferson County, CO | Full-time


The Position

Jefferson County is seeking a strategic, consensus-building leader to serve as the Chief Administrative Officer to achieve the aims, goals, and mission of the Board of County Commissioners. The County Manager is responsible for the administration and management of all assigned departments and divisions and directs the flow of information and advice from department and division directors to the Board of County Commissioners. The County Manager coordinates county resources to accomplish the objectives and direction of the Board of County Commissioners. 

The County Manager currently oversees ten positions, which includes the Deputy County Manager, Executive Assistant, and the Directors of Development and Transportation, Business, Innovation & Technology, Human Resources, Human Services, Justice Services, Parks, Public Affairs, and Strategy, Innovation & Finance.

Additional responsibilities include providing leadership through the planning and development and establishment of new programs, personnel, services, and activities. The County Manager is also tasked with analyzing and interpreting policy and procedural guidelines; formulating, developing, and presenting recommendations to resolve problems and questions; and communicating clearly and concisely with elected and appointed officials and with other public or private organizations and individuals. The County Manager works closely with the Library Director, the Public Health Director, and the Elected Officials in the county, which are the Assessor, Clerk & Recorder, Coroner, District Attorney, Sheriff, Surveyor, and Treasurer/Public Trustee, who oversee their own offices and personnel.

The County Manager represents the county with all levels of county staff, other public officials, media representatives, and the general public.


  • Develop and maintain positive, working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, department directors, and other key staff. Listen and learn about the current operations of the county.
  • Meet with the appointed and elected officials on a regular basis and listen to the needs of the offices run by those appointed and elected officials.
  • Build positive relationships in the community with external stakeholders, including the Economic Development Corporation, various chambers of commerce, critical nonprofit partners, and civic and neighborhood organizations. Engage with the mayors and city managers in Jefferson County and in other regional groups to best leverage resources to address shared problems.
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities for the County Manager and department directors in working with the Board of County Commissioners; clarify expectations and develop regular communication with the Board of County Commissioners, elected officials and appointed officials, and county staff. Translate board priorities into achievable actions with county staff.
  • Working with the Board of County Commissioners, elected and appointed officials, and staff, develop strategies focused on the recruitment and retention of the county’s workforce to decrease turnover and strategize for becoming an employer of choice.
  • Working with the Board of County Commissioners, elected and appointed officials, and staff, develop both short and long-term strategies for financial sustainability. Develop a sound budget, prioritizing required services, given the financial limitations on the county. Work on a long-term strategy to become more financially self-sustaining to meet the needs of residents.
  • Focus internally with staff to improve internal communication.

The Successful Candidate

The next County Manager will be a strategic, systems thinker, who is knowledgeable about national trends, anticipates future needs, and helps prepare the Board of County Commissioners, staff, and community for the future. The next County Manager will help clarify the roles and responsibilities of the County Manager and key leadership staff to ensure the government is most effectively serving its residents and businesses. The next County Manager will be a connector for staff and external partners, will seek engagement, and be both an educator and consensus-builder for difficult county and regional problems. The County Manager will engage with the mayors and city managers within Jefferson County and within the region to develop creative strategies for common issues that leverage resources best for the taxpayers.

The successful candidate will understand the complexity of financing county services in a TABOR (Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights) environment and help provide long-term strategies to move to become more financially sustainable. The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader who has both the vision to help the county thrive and the management expertise to help align county resources to achieve long-term goals. The next County Manager will be diplomatic and customer-focused, while ensuring the organization is delivering the highest quality services consistently at the service levels allowed within the county’s funding structure.

The next County Manager will have a heart for public service, remain nonpartisan, and lift up staff during difficult times. The successful candidate deeply cares about their employees and supports their employees’ efforts to be successful. The successful County Manager will be consistent in words and action and will earn the trust of both internal and external stakeholders. They will be a manager who truly values diverse backgrounds and ideas and works well with people who have varied experiences, backgrounds, and needs. The successful candidate is approachable, dependable, authentic, and fosters a culture of openness and service.


Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree, ten years of management experience in a complex organization, including five years of local government experience. Experience should include oversight of human resources, budget and financial management, policy development, and administration, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree and experience working in a city or county with significant intergovernmental collaboration, exposure to TABOR or similar revenue restrictions, and experience with complex transportation, development, open space, and affordable housing issues.

Inside The Organization

Jefferson County serves as both an administrative arm of the state government and as a unit of local government. Overseeing Jefferson County are three County Commissioners. Each Commissioner is elected by County residents and serves a four-year term. Commissioners serve as policy makers for land use, roads and bridges, parks, public assistance, and intergovernmental services.

The County government responds to the needs of its residents through the cooperative effort of its elected officials, employees, and community advisors, all working together to improve the quality of life in the county. Resident access and input to county government is facilitated by the more than 300 volunteers who serve on numerous county boards, commissions, and committees.

The FY 2022 Operating Budget is $587 million, and the total budget is $758 million. The county employs 3,287 full time employees.


Jefferson County seeks to be a county government that provides equitable, innovative, efficient, and quality service to a thriving and safe community.


Jefferson County is dedicated to promoting safety, health, and well-being for all members of our community and to ensuring the responsible stewardship of its resources.


Responsiveness, Integrity, Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, and Accountability.

Jefferson County Employee Survey Results

The Jefferson County employees were given the opportunity to provide input on the upcoming County Manager recruitment via an online survey.

Jefferson County employees identified the following traits to be the most important in the next County Manager (in order of frequency):

  1. Clear communicator
  2. Consistency between words and actions
  3. Commitment to public service
  4. Empowers staff
  5. Strategic thinker

The employees reported the following as the three most pressing priorities for Jefferson County (in order of frequency):

  1. Budget/financial sustainability
  2. Hiring and retaining quality of staff to deliver county services
  3. Internal relationships with county leaders and staff

The Community

Once an agricultural and mining area, Jefferson County, Colorado is a thriving suburban, business, industrial, recreational, and residential community. The county, formally organized in 1861 by the Colorado Territorial Legislature, takes the name of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. Jefferson County is a place where the great plains meet the Rocky Mountains with some of the most magnificent scenery in the country. It features rolling grasslands and craggy rock formations, natural foothills, rugged mountains, and tumbling mountain streams. Jefferson County is filled with magnificent wonders only nature can provide. Not ignoring its agricultural and mining roots, Jefferson County has worked to create a delicate balance between that past while supporting a thriving business community and providing for safe neighborhoods. The county has a first-class public school system, Jefferson County R-1 School District. Residents also have access to at least a dozen institutions of higher education. 

Jefferson County encompasses approximately 773 square miles along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Outdoor lovers have many Jefferson County Open Space Parks, three national forests and two state parks from which to choose. Pike, Roosevelt and Arapahoe national forests, Golden Gate Canyon State Park and Chatfield State Recreation Area are all partially located in Jefferson County. The county's nationally recognized open space program offers a variety of outdoor activities.

Quick Facts

  • Population (2021): 583,081
  • Median Household Income (2021): $82,986
  • Median Home Value (2021): $570,163
  • Median Age (2019): 40.2

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Compensation and Benefits

The expected hiring range is $220,000 - $260,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

Benefits include medical insurance, dental, and vision (covered at 100%), car allowance, HSA, FSA, Life and AD&D Insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans, executive paid time off, holidays, and an employee assistance program (EAP). Other benefits include tuition reimbursement, training and development, and a travel assistance program. The county provides a 401 (a) retirement plan administered by the Colorado Retirement Association (CRA). For more information about employee benefits, visit and download the 2022 Benefits Guide.

Residency in the county after employment is strongly encouraged and will be tied to relocation assistance.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Applications are open until filled. The first review of applications will begin November 4, 2022.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at and Alexa Worrell at

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