Residents of Broomfield had the opportunity to meet the two finalists for deputy city and county manager Thursday night during a public forum.

Vice President of the Real Estate and Commercial Business Division for Denver International Airport Amy Edinger and Jefferson County Manager Don Davis areup for the role, which was vacated in February by David Allen after he indicated family needs as his reason for leaving.

The forum was hosted in the City Council chambers where the candidates were asked questions about their experience, interest in the role and what they could bring to the table if selected.

The duties of deputy city and county manager include assisting in overall city and county operations by managing major projects, organizational development and intergovernmental activities. The position also develops and implements rules, regulations, goals, objectives, policies and procedures to advance the city and county’s mission, goals and objectives, according to Broomfield’s website.

Edinger’s career has included private and public sector roles, such as acting deputy chief of staff for DIA, chief operating officer for Denver Economic Development and Opportunity, the City and County of Denver’s economic development organization, and governmental roles for former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer’s legislative team, the City of Boulder in the city manager’s office, and as the deputy chief of staff for former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Edinger said she would be very excited to get back into a role in local government because those roles are closest to the people you are working for.

“I didn’t know how interesting local government was until I got into it,” Edinger said. “It’s the closest to the people where you can quickly solve problems. You are on the ground working to come up with solutions and support people. I think it would be great to work in a smaller community like Broomfield.”

Davis, who is currently working a similar role as a county manager, has an extensive military career in the United States Marine Corps. Davis served from 1990 until 2017, including roles as the commanding officer for Marine Corps Logistics Command Forward, commanding the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia, and was chief of NORAD-NORTHCOM Theater Strategy and Campaign Plans Division. He retired from the military as a colonel before he began his current role.

Davis spoke highly of the Broomfield staff, calling it a “Super Bowl team” multiple times.

“This would be an opportunity to work with an amazing team,” Davis said. “Who wouldn’t want to work with a team like Broomfield’s?”

Davis said he and Edinger are equally qualified for the role, but for a staff like Broomfield’s, the decision will come down to chemistry.

Davis and Edinger were both “shoulder taps” of current City and County Manager Jennifer Hoffman, who spoke highly of both candidates when introducing them.

A link will be available on Broomfield Voice where residents can watch the forum and provide feedback on the candidates. The feedback survey will be available until 5 p.m.  Friday.

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Sydney McDonald
2022-05-13 05:00:58
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