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City of Fort Collins Graduate Management Assistant Program

The City of Fort Collins Graduate Management Assistant program allows current Master of Public Administration students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain valuable career experience in a wide variety of areas of municipal operations. This position provides future municipal leaders with the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals in a community consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the country. The Management Assistant will have the opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of a full-service city.

The Management Assistant will be provided the opportunity to work on projects based in a variety of City departments while maintaining a "home base" in the City Manager's Office. Management Assistant will be involved in research, analytical work, and managing special projects. This position represents a full-time, one-year internship.

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2019 Recruitment Process

The recruitment process for the 2019-2020 Graduate Management Assistant Program is now open. The application deadline is Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 5:00 PM Mountain Time.  Applicants shall submit the following to Joe Wimmer, City Manager’s Office, at andpbW1lckBmY2dvdi5jb20= or P.O. Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Current resume;
  3. Three references with daytime phone numbers;
  4. Academic or professional writing sample of no more than five pages.

Please submit this information in one .doc/.docx or .pdf file, if possible.

Education and Experience

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Applicants must have completed or substantially completed coursework toward a Master of Public Administration or closely related degree by June 2019.

Current Management Assistant

Joe Wimmer

Joe Wimmer is a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Kansas. After graduating from Kansas State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Joe unconventionally found a passion for local government while working as an intern in the City Manager’s Office in his hometown of Pittsburg, Kansas. During graduate school, Joe served as an intern for the City of Topeka where he gained experience in the City Manager’s Office, Utilities Department, and Budget Office. Joe hopes to leverage his diverse academic experience to contribute to the City’s culture of innovation and leading sustainability initiatives. Joe is excited and honored to serve the community of Fort Collins and to be a member of this world-class organization.

Previous Management Assistants

Year Name Location Position
1983-84 Wendy Williams City of Fort Collins, CO Assistant City Manager
  Mark Rohloff City of Oshkosh, WI City Manager
1984-85 Jody Kole Grand Junction, CO Housing Authority Executive Director
  Deborah Sagen University of Colorado - Health Center Associate Director
  Susan Loo City of Louisville, CO City Councilmember
1985-86 Ann Turnquist Poudre Fire Authority Administrative Services Director
  Mark Campbell Multnomah County, OR Acting Chief Financial Officer
  Don Gaeddert City of Larned, KS Retired City Manager
1986-87 Julia Novak Novak Consulting President
  Todd Vance Manassas Group, Roanoke, VA Clinical Psychologist, Adjunct Professor
1989-90 Jon Ruiz City of Eugene, OR City Manager
  Steve VanderMeer Hometown Connections Senior Vice President
1990-91 Kristin Epley University of Colorado - Boulder Sustainability Project Manager
1991-92 Stet Schanze Gray Manufacturing President
2000-01 Heather Brooks Alamosa, CO City Manager
2002-03 Sam McFerran First Church (UCC) Minister of Faith Formation
2011-12 Josh Jones CPS HR Consulting Senior HR Consultant
2012-13 Kelly Houghteling Town of Windsor, CO Assistant to the Town Manager
2013-14 Pamela Davis Goodyear, AZ Assistant to the City Manager
2014-15 Travis Machalek Estes Park, CO Assistant Town Administrator
2015-16 Tyler Marr Fort Collins, CO Policy and Project Analyst
2016-17 Jackson Brockway City and County of Denver Budget Analyst
2017-18 Alyssa Johnson Salt Lake City Corporation, UT Strategy and Special Projects Manager