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City Manager Darin Atteberry has named Jeff Mihelich as Fort Collins’ new Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Mihelich holds a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and comes to Fort Collins with 23 years of experience in city and county government operations. He has served as Community and Economic Development Director for Surprise, Arizona since 2008 and was promoted to Assistant City Manager for Surprise in 2011. In that position, Mr. Mihelich has been responsible for all external city operations for the city, including community and economic development, public works, and community and recreation services.
In his new role with the City of Fort Collins, Mr. Mihelich will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations of the City’s municipal services and staff as he works with the City’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to implement the organization’s strategic plan. He will also serve as Acting City Manager in the absence of the City Manager.
“Jeff has demonstrated a keen ability to operationalize strategic concepts and turn them into solid accomplishments,” remarked City Manager Darin Atteberry. “That talent, combined with his strong commitment to continuous organizational improvement, makes him a perfect fit for this important role.”
Mihelich replaces Deputy City Manager Diane Jones, who is retiring in March following 24 years of service with the City of Fort Collins. With his arrival, the Deputy City Manager position transitions into Chief Operating Officer, enabling the City Manager to focus more on strategic and longer-term external issues and working with the City Council.
Mihelich begins on April 2, with a starting salary of $170,000.