City of Arvada to host open house for two City Manager finalists on Aug. 8

Arvada Dept. City Manager Lori Gillis and Casper City Manager James “Carter” Napier named finalists

Rylee Dunn
rdunn@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/2/22

The City of Arvada is inviting residents, local businesses and city team members to an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 8 at Arvada City Hall to meet the two finalists for the city manager position that will be vacated by current City Manager Mark Deven when he retires on Oct. 7.

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City of Arvada to host open house for two City Manager finalists on Aug. 8

Arvada Dept. City Manager Lori Gillis and Casper City Manager James “Carter” Napier named finalists

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The City of Arvada is inviting residents, local businesses and city team members to an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 8 at Arvada City Hall to meet the two finalists for the city manager position that will be vacated by current City Manager Mark Deven when he retires on Oct. 7.

The two finalists for the position are Arvada Deputy City Manager Lori Gillis and Casper, Wyoming City Manager James “Carter” Napier.

Gillis has held her position with the City of Arvada since 2014. Prior to that, she worked for the Jefferson County Public School District as the district’s chief financial officer from 2004 to 2014 and the executive director of budget management and development from 2002 to 2004. Prior to her tenure there, Gillis worked in finance and administration for the City of Golden.

Napier has been the city manager of Casper, Wyoming since 2017. From 2011 to 2017, Napier was the city administrator for Gillette, Wyoming from 2011 to 2017 and the city administrator for Riverton, Wyoming, from 2003 to 2011.

Deven announced his retirement date on Feb 15. Since then, the city team has begun a nationwide search to find his replacement. Nearly 40 applications were vetted by the city team, 19 of which met the minimum qualifications laid out by Arvada’s human resources department. Seven candidates were interviewed as semi-finalists.

One top finalist dropped out due to personal reasons. A series of additional interviews will take place this month, and feedback from the open house will be considered in the selection process. The new city manager will take over the role in September, at which time a public meet and greet will be held.

The City of Arvada recently announced that Linda Haley, formerly the city’s director of human resources for 23 years, was appointed as a second deputy city manager alongside Gillis. Deven has served as Arvada’s city manager since 2011.

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