City Manager

City of Trinidad, CO

The City of Trinidad, CO is seeking an innovative, experienced, successful professional to accept the position of City Manager.

The City of Trinidad is being assisted by KRW Associates, LLC.

Applications are to be submitted to:

Deadline:  Monday, June 6, 2022 (5:00 PM Mountain)

The Community & City

The distinctive southeastern community of Trinidad– and the county seat of Las Animas County, is rich in western-frontier history, showcased evidence of ancient geologic history, expansive mountain vistas, and abundant tourism attractions.

Situated alongside the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains and the Purgatoire River, Trinidad’s origins date back to its early days as a trading post on the historic Santa Fe Trail.

The arrival of the railroad and formal municipal incorporation in 1876 lead to an economic boom and a flourish of commercial and residential building featuring classic red brick, Victorian style architecture.

Trinidad celebrates its rich history, while it strategically plans for a prosperous future. It is a community in transition looking for a leader who can facilitate this revitalization, champion the effort to diversity the economy and develop and promote Trinidad as a destination city for tourism. Projects already underway include the State Park at Fisher’s Peak, the Space to Create and restoration of historic buildings Main Street and Commercial Street including the historic Fox West Theater.  Through these projects, Trinidad is reestablishing its identity as a beautiful community with an abundance of opportunities.

Prospective candidates will find that this town of nearly 9,000 people combines the best features of:  a low-cost family-friendly way of life, a destination for outdoor recreational pursuits, an economic growth opportunity afforded by an interstate highway, and a renewed spirit of civic optimism.

The City of Trinidad is a home-rule city that employees 160 people.  The current budget is $56.9M.

The Organization

Trinidad has a Council/Manager form of government. The City is governed by an elected Mayor with two-year terms, and a six-member City Council each of whom serve four-year, staggered terms.

All governing body members are elected at-large on a nonpartisan ballot. The next election is        November 2023, when the Mayoral seat and three Council seats will be on the ballot. Once City Council provides the general direction and goals for planning purposes, the task of directing resources and activities to achieve those goals falls to the City Manager as the Chief Executive Officer of the City.

It is the responsibility of the City Manager to carry out the mandates and enforce the policies set by the Council within the budget established by   Council.

The City Manager has a dedicated staff to assist with fulfilling these duties. City staff is arranged into twelve departments: Administration & Legal, Public Works, Police, Fire, Sports & recreation, Library Services, Development Services, Economic Development, Finance, Water, Gas, and Power & Light. Each department is run by a knowledgeable and dedicated         department head and these department heads comprise the City’s management team.

The City Manager relies on the expertise of the management team to ensure that the goals and objectives of the City are met efficiently and effectively.

The City’s projected 2022 budget for total expenditures and other uses is just under $57M with municipal services provided by 160 FTE’s.

Annually, the City Council approves the draft budget submitted by the City Manager after     having secured input, goals, and objectives from the department heads. City Council reviews the budget during public workshops and approves the budget at two public hearings in December for the next fiscal year beginning January 1.

The Position

The City Manager serves as the chief administrative officer of the City and report to the City Council.

The City Manager is responsible for coordinating the overall administrative activities and operations of the City, advising and assisting the City Council in exercising independent judgment and initiative.

The duties of the City Manager’s duties include:

·       Hiring, firing, managing, and motivating the City’s personnel;

·       Preparing and executing an annual budget;

·       Preparing a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the City for each fiscal year, and upon request of the Council making written and verbal reports at any time concerning the affairs of the City;

·       Keeping the Council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the City and making such recommendations to the Council for adoption as he/she may deem necessary or expedient;

·       Exercising supervision over all administrative departments, and recommending to the Council any proposal he/she thinks advisable to establish, consolidate, or abolish departments;

·       Being responsible for the enforcement of the laws and ordinances of the City;

·       Being responsible for the enforcement of all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the City in any contract or public utility franchise, and upon knowledge of any violation thereof, reporting the same to the Council for such proceedings as may be necessary for enforcement;

·       Attending Council meetings and participating in Council discussions in an advisory capacity;

·       Establishing a system of accounting and auditing for the City which shall reflect, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the financial condition and financial operation of the City; and

·       Establishing, subject to approval by the Council, appropriate personnel rules and regulations governing officers and employees of the City; and

·       Performing such other duties as may be prescribed by the City’s Home Rule Charter, or by ordinance, or required of him/her by the Council which are not inconsistent with the City’s Home Rule Charter.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:

·       Modern municipal and administrative methods and procedures.

·       Current social, political, and economic trends and operating problems of municipal government.

·       Applicable laws, rules, and regulations regarding local government operations.

·       Principles of effective public relations and interrelationships with administrative and operational staff.

·       Employee and labor relations principles and practices.

·       Human Resources policies and procedures.   Principles and practices of Information Technology   functions and technological capabilities.

Ability to:

·       Provide effective leadership and coordinate the activities of a medium-sized, full-service municipality.

·       Organize, analyze, interpret, summarize and present information and data in an effective manner.

·       Appraise situations and people accurately and quickly, taking an effective course of action.  Serve effectively as the administrative agent of the City Council.

·       Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

·       Experience operating a municipal-run utility (gas, electric, water, wastewater, and landfill) is preferred.


Required: Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business administration or closely related field. At least five (5) years of progressive responsible management/leadership experience in government and/or business. Experience with finance and budget oversight.

Preferred: A Master’s Degree in a related field.  Experience as a skilled local government manager with a solid understanding of all municipal operations.  Familiarity with utility operations.

Experience with:

·       A tourism-based economy

·      Annual events

·       Economic development

·       Community Development

·       Labor Relations

·       Strategic Planning

·       Working in Colorado

The Ideal Candidate

The City Council’s ideal candidate will be a competent professional who will partner with the council in meeting their high expectations.  A skillful leader who is honest and ethical, and who inspires confidence One with a very professional demeanor.

Particular leadership traits desired by Trinidad’s Council include:

·       Team-oriented leader who holds staff accountable– but not a micro-manager

·       Team-builder

·       Effective listener who is gracious and sensitive

·       Open to new ideas, and willing to take action– decisive

·       Diplomatic

·       Self-confident

·       Self-starter — proactive

·       Strong commitment to customer service

·       Analytical and politically savvy

·       Visible and accessible

·       Eager to embrace Trinidad’s heritage and culture

·       An advocate for personal and staff professional growth

The selected candidate will be a talented manager and leader who is able to build consensus among the Mayor, City Council, City boards and commissions, City staff, and the Trinidad community.

The City Council strongly prefers a candidate who is a skilled local government manager with a solid understanding of all municipal operations.

Challenges Facing the City Manager.

The new City Manager will be tasked with implementing solutions to:

·       Diversify the local economy by attracting new businesses and industries.

·       Develop Trinidad as a “Destination City”.

·       Revitalize the City and local economy.

·       Secure grant funding for the revitalization efforts.

·       Ensure the availability of affordable-workforce housing.

The selected candidate will be a talented manager and leader who is able to build consensus among the Mayor, City Council, City boards and commissions, City staff and the Trinidad community and possesses the ability to seize the opportunities and address the challenges that lie ahead.

Salary Range & Benefits in Brief

Salary Range:  $125,000—$135,000- DOQ, Plus, excellent benefits

·       Sick- Accrual of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked for 1st 6 months; then 8 hours monthly thereafter.  Unlimited accrual permitted, but no pay out at separation.

·       Vacation- Accrual of 8 hours monthly after first 6 months of employment.  Carryover permitted, capped at 320 hours.

·       Personal Days– 4 per calendar year if employed by January 1 of the current year.

·       Holidays– 12 per year; (13 in a general-election year).

·       Retirement- Mandatory 6% pre-tax employee contribution matched by 6% employer contribution.  Plus, a 457 Plan is available for voluntary employee   contributions– no employer match.

·       Medical-City Pays 79% of monthly    premium for single, 2-party, or family coverage.

·       Voluntary Benefits– Employee can choose to purchase optional additional benefits such as, Life, short-term disability, dental and vision insurance, legal assistance, Aflac-accident/critical illness or accident plans, ID theft protection, etc.

·       Life Insurance- $25,000 paid by City.

·       Tuition Reimbursement-Eligible, employees may be reimbursed up to $1,200/semester, max. $2,400/year for successful completion of college credits.

 To Apply

Application materials accepted electronically at:

Attach three required documents: 1) a cover letter, 2) a resume and 3) contact information for six professional references.

Deadline:  June 6, 2022 (5:00 PM Mountain)

Questions?  Questions should be directed to:

Or by phone to:  Mark Collins, 307-460-1941, Lorne Kramer, 719-310-8960, or Gina McGrail, 303-249-9572.

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