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Deputy City Manager Bill Ray to retire

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Bill Ray will retire from his duties as Deputy City Manager of Arvada on June 1.

Appointed to the position in 2005, Ray directly oversees several City departments including police, utilities, information technology, parks and community resiliency.

Prior to being appointed Deputy City Manager, Ray was the City of Arvada’s Public Works Director from 2000 to 2005.

Ray is a well-known local government leader throughout the State of Colorado, having served as a city manager for Pagosa Springs, Grand Lake and Cortez, among other positions.

“Bill has been a highly valued, well respected and absolutely essential member of Arvada’s leadership team,” said Arvada City Manager Mark Deven. “For the last 40 years, we in Arvada and other communities in Colorado have observed him practicing the art of effective public service through his understanding of issues and ability to relate to differing points of view before crafting a course of action that meets stakeholder needs in order to achieve the goals of an effort or project.”

A significant portion of his time as deputy city manager has been devoted to serving as the interim Executive Director of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority since its inception in 2008.

Ray intends to continue his work with the JPPHA developing a public private partnership to construct the Jefferson Parkway.

In an email to City employees announcing his pending retirement, Ray stated, “This year marks 40 years since I walked in the door at the San Luis Valley Council of Governments, starting my career in public service. May of 2018 will also mark my 10th year as the interim executive director of the Parkway. All of which is to say, time for me to transition out of my work as deputy manager, devote my energy to getting the Parkway to the start line, and spend some time pursuing hobbies and exploring other parts of life.”

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