NEW CITY APPOINTMENTS MOVE COMMERCE CITY FORWARD
Brian McBroom named as new city manager
On April 16th, the City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Brian K. McBroom as Commerce City’s new city manager. McBroom has served as the interim city manager since December 2011.
“City Council has confidence in Brian’s ability to lead Commerce City into the future,” said Mayor Sean Ford. “Over the past four years, Brian demonstrated expertise in building successful teams and delivering results. His collaborative approach to problem-solving, respect among employees and proven history of accomplishment made him the best fit for the position.”
During his tenure with the city, McBroom served as deputy city manager and community development director. Under his leadership, the city adopted the first comprehensive plan document in 25 years as well as a complete re-write of the city’s land development code.
McBroom also reduced the size of the department during an economic recession, improving government efficiency without compromising resident services. He previously served eight years as the community development director for Auburn Hills, Mich.
“I want to thank council and staff for their confidence in my abilities and look forward to this next professional chapter in public service,” said McBroom. “Working together, we can make Commerce City a quality and prosperous community of which everyone can be proud.”
A University of Michigan alumnus with a B.A. in Sociology and Urban Studies, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. McBroom and his family currently reside in Commerce City.
James Hayes, Chris Cramer & Steve Timms appointed to interim positions
Earlier this month, City Council approved the appointments of James Hayes as acting deputy city manager, external services and Chris Cramer as acting community development director. Former Deputy City Manager Tom Acre’s return to the private sector recently facilitated these personnel changes.
“I want to thank Jim and Chris for their willingness to help lead the city in this time of transition,” said City Manager Brian McBroom. “I know the entire management team is committed to implementing city council’s goals and serving our residents and businesses in the most effective manner possible.”
Hayes most recently served as the city’s community development director, managing a $3.5 million budget and 40 employees within four divisions. He also will continue his role as acting economic development director. As the City of Northglenn’s Director of Planning and Development, he adopted a new comprehensive plan and also served as Northglenn’s acting city manager and finance director during the city’s executive-level transition in 2008. An alumna of Iowa State University, Hayes has a master’s degree in city planning with the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Cramer has been the city’s planning manager for nearly a decade, when Commerce City doubled its population and annexed over 6-square-miles. During his tenure, he led the city’s zoning ordinance revisions and updated the community’s comprehensive plan. Cramer received his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Additionally, Steve Timms has been appointed as the interim planning manager. Steve has worked in the Commerce City planning division for 9 years, and during that time he was the project manager for many of the large city initiatives, including rewriting the Zoning Ordinance, the Comprehensive Plan, and the Housing Strategic Plan. Steve graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to joining Commerce City, he worked for the City of Arvada.
We are pleased to congratulate all four gentlemen on their appointments and look forward to continuing to work with them to move the city’s economic development goals forward.