Longtime Boulder staffer Yvette Bowden is leaving in June for a newly-created role with Boulder County.
Bowden is currently Boulder’s assistant city manager but has served in a variety of roles across her eight years with the city, including director of community vitality and director of Parks and Recreation.
When she joins Boulder County next month, she will be the first-ever assistant county administrator.
The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday will formally appoint Bowden to the role. Her last day with the city is June 10 and she will begin with the county on June 27.
In the new role, Bowden will report to County Administrator Jana Petersen and will be responsible for a variety of functions, including leading the Marshall Fire recovery and other disaster recovery efforts; managing property tax appeals; communications; and more, according to a county news release.
Boulder County transitioned to a county administrator form of government a little more than two years ago. Before that, the county commissioners served a greater role in managing the day-to-day details of the organization, Petersen noted.
“I think what we’ve learned over the last couple of years is that additional capacity is needed to just take care of all of those details,” she said. “Having been the county administrator myself, my personal capacity has been tapped out a lot especially as we have faced tragedy and disaster in our community.”
The new position was created by repurposing an existing vacancy. When a person in a supervisory role decided to retire, the department had a chance to rethink how it’s organized and managed, Petersen noted.
“I am just delighted that Yvette Bowden is stepping into this role,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine anyone who will be better at establishing the role and working with our organization to achieve the goals that we have.”
Bowden is the latest in a string of people in leadership positions to leave the city in recent history. In the past two years, Boulder has lost its planning director, director of transportation and mobility and human resources director, among others. The city manager and city attorney both are within their first year of service after the people who had been serving in those roles retired.
While Bowden wasn’t planning to leave her current role in Boulder, she said the opportunity to help build out a new job was one she couldn’t refuse.
“These kinds of opportunities just don’t happen,” Bowden said.
She thinks back on her time with Boulder with pride for the experiences she had and the people she worked with, rather than specific projects.
“Certainly the past couple of years have been trying on everyone,” Bowden said. “For me, it’s been a massive time of growth in service as well.”
Though she’s leaving the city, the way Bowden sees it, she won’t be far away.
“Just like four blocks,” she quipped.
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