Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Commerce City Manager Resigns...

COMMERCE CITY - City Manager Jerry Flannery informed City Council tonight of his resignation, consistent with contract terms that requires a 45-day written notification.

"I am proud to have led the city during a time of tremendous growth and achievement. Commerce City's future remains incredibly bright and this was not an easy decision," said City Manager Jerry Flannery. "I am confident the established organizational structure will allow for a smooth transition. I look forward to working with city council and city staff to achieve that goal."

Under his leadership, the city employed a web-based customer service relationship management system; expanded parks, trails, open space; completed transportation infrastructure improvements; opened a northern police substation; negotiated the arrival of a Kings Soopers MarketPlace; created 565 private-sector jobs; and purchased the 65-acre Mile High Greyhound Park for redevelopment. He implemented strong fiscal policies to weather the economic downturn, resulting in balanced budgets, healthy reserves, and no employee layoffs or furloughs.

Flannery oversaw the city's first strategic economic development plan, comprehensive plan and municipal code revisions, which enable the city to expand in a thoughtful, sustainable manner. He also expanded Commerce City's presence within the region, building and strengthening relationships with local governments, educational, non-profits, business and civic organizations that will benefit the city for years to come.

Flannery has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of the Highlands Ranch Community Association. His last day with Commerce City is Dec. 2, 2011. City Council will begin discussing the transition process during their Oct. 24 meeting, consistent with council policy.

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