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James Hayes named deputy city manager

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James Hayes named deputy city manager

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – City Manager Brian McBroom announced the selection of James A. Hayes as the city’s new deputy city manager. Hayes will assume his new duties immediately.

   “Jim’s experience with municipal government, strategic thinking skills, and ability to execute set him apart from several qualified candidates," said McBroom. “He is well-respected throughout the community and will be a great asset to the organization. I look forward to working with him and the entire leadership team to achieve city council's goals."


 Hayes has served in an interim capacity since March. As the deputy city manager, he will work closely with the city manager to implement city council’s goals. He will also oversee the public works, parks and recreation and community development departments, as well as the city’s economic development division.



Hayes joined the city in 2011 as community development director, managing a $3.5 million budget and 40 employees within four divisions.  He previously served as the City of Northglenn’s Director of Planning and Development, where he directed the adoption of a new comprehensive plan and also served as the city’s acting city manager and finance director during Northglenn’s executive-level transition in 2008.




“I’m excited to continue my employment with the city in this new role and advance the organization’s goals,” said Hayes. “The city’s staff is the highest quality and most talented of any team I have ever worked with in my career. Together, I know we can achieve great things that will benefit our community for years to come.”




Hayes has private sector experience managing land acquisition, entitlement and development for Pulte Homes. He spent 10 years with Adams County, where as planning manager he implemented a complete re-write of the Zoning and Subdivision Engineering Standards, a new development review process and web-based permitting system.




An alumna of Iowa State University, Hayes has a masters in city planning with the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He served on the executive board of the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association from 2008-2011.


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