Lee Merkel

Lee Merkel
A little about Lee
– Raised in Northeast Ohio, moved to Colorado in 1974
– 40 years serving local governments in Colorado
– GSPA intern with Town of Estes Park during summer of the 1976 Big Thompson Flood
– Deputy Manager in Rifle and Garfield County during Oil Shale Boom
– Englewood Community Development Director during City’s acquisition of Cinderella City Mall
– Manager in Ouray, Dillon, Granby, and Basalt
– 15 years serving local governments as DoLA Regional Manager for SE Colorado
– BA, Wittenberg University & MPA, University of Colorado, Boulder
– Graduate of Rocky Mountain Leadership Program
– Recipient of History Colorado’s 2017 Steven Hart Award for Historic Preservation
– ICMA member since 1983
– CCMA Board of Directors
Areas of Expertise: 
– Historic Preservation
– Council/Manager Relations & Retreats
– Utilities Administration & Public Works
– Main Street & Downtown
– Emergency Management
– Colorado Regional History
– Professional International Community Relations through ICMA and Rotary
Other, non-manager interests: 
– climbing Colorado’s 14ers
– bicycling, hiking, skiing, golf, fishing, camping, traveling
– bluegrass, country, blues, and rock music history
– Cleveland Indians and Colorado Rockies MLB games and history
– visiting historic sites and the great lodges of U.S. National Parks
– observing local, state, and national politics from a distance