County Manager, Archuleta County


Appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC), the County Manager serves at the pleasure of the BoCC.  

Serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the County.  Directs and coordinates administration of county government in accordance with policies established by the Board of County Commissioners.  Serves as the liaison between the Board of County Commissioners, the County’s department heads, and the County’s elected officials to communicate the Board’s policy direction and coordinate the flow of information.  Coordinates the County’s resources to accomplish the objectives of the Board of County Commissioners.  Includes evenings and weekend work.


Receives general direction from the Board of County Commissioners.


Exercises direction and control over County Department Heads and staff.


The duties described herein are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The County retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.

  • Manages all operational and administrative matters within stated policies of the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Implements policies adopted and approved by the Board.  Works with departments to ensure consistent application of County policies in the activities and business conducted in all executive and administrative departments.  Resolves questions arising from the interpretation of County policies.
  • Prepares and recommends the annual budget to the Board of County Commissioners.  Recommends and justifies staffing, operating expenses, capital expenditures, and revenue sources for all departments and agencies of the county government.
  • Determines that all contracts and agreements with the County are maintained and upheld and promptly report any violation thereof to the Board.
  • Writes and applies for grants and oversees the application process in the best interest of the County.
  • Monitors and controls purchases and expenditures as budgeted and appropriated.  Keeps the Board advised of the financial condition and financial projections of the County.
  • Prepares and presents reports concerning the affairs of the County as requested by the Board, and pursuant to local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Maintains and administers a countywide personnel system including compensation and benefits administration, policies, and procedures.
  • Supervises personnel and program operations including the assignment and review of staff work, interpretation of program and policy for staff and department heads, initiation and management of disciplinary action, interviewing and selection of staff, and scheduling of work time.
  • Represents the County on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners and serves as a liaison with County legal counsel in response to legal actions and interests of the County with prompt attention.
  • As the Administrative Officer, monitors and supervises operations of the County departments and functions.  Manages the County’s management team, reviews and resolves internal issues, develops and implements strategic direction for the organization, and attends County meetings to represent the departments before the Board of County Commissioners. 
  • Attends board meetings held by the County Commissioners and any other meetings Commissioners may designate. Provide timely information on County operations as needed to keep the Board apprised of County business.
  • Coordinates day-to-day communication between the Board of County Commissioners and other Elected Officials, county officials, department managers, and the public ensuring effective exchange of information.
  • Performs the duties defined by the Board of County Commissioners and governing policy manual.
  • Serves as the County representative on the Emergency Communications  Dispatch Board.


Serve as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and federal agencies and organizations to accomplish the goals and carry out the agenda of the County and Board of County Commissioners.

Performs other duties as assigned and required.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be qualifying.

Education:  A Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration or related 

Field required. Master’s degree is preferred. 

Experience: Five years’ experience in executive local government management.  

Licenses and Certifications:  Valid Colorado driver’s license. 

Desired Traits and Qualities:

  • Honesty and integrity.  Incumbent is expected to work to a high moral standard, total professional integrity and ethical code.
  • Will provide independent and objective recommendations and counsel.  Will tactfully offer advice regarding the risks and implications of decisions.  
  • Must gain and maintain the confidence of the Commissioners, Elected Officials, the County organization and the community.  
  • Will exhibit outstanding judgment and an ability to be thorough as well as succinct.
  • Must ensure advice is based on precedent, facts, and research rather than simply providing a response.
  • The use of outside subject matter experts where appropriate and the ability to stay abreast of legislative issues at the state and federal level is encouraged.

Material and Equipment Used:  Personal computer, general office equipment, transcription equipment, tape recorder.

Knowledge & Abilities:

     Knowledge Of: 

  • Principles and practices commonly used in public administration and management.
  • Strategic planning methods.
  • Budget development and administration for public sector organizations.
  • Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
  • Scope and application of laws and regulations pertaining to applicable local, state, and federal programs and organizations.
  • Leadership methods and management skills.
  • County rules, regulations, policies, procedures and standard operation procedures.
  • Organization and functions of county departments.

      Ability To: 

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, elected officials, representatives of other agencies and organizations, the media, and members of the community.  
  • Exercise effective organizational skills and work in a diversified environment.
  • Negotiate and manage contracts for service.
  • Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
  • Communicate effectively on behalf of the Board with other elected and appointed officials and with other public or private organizations and individuals.
  • Organize material and present information clearly and concisely in verbal and written form.
  • Perform effective public speaking to groups of varied interests and backgrounds.


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to have the ability to move to and from various points within the office.  Requires the ability to lift and/or carry up to 25 pounds on a regular basis. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include full range of peripheral vision to monitor multiple computer systems, close vision to read documents, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 
  • Requires full range of hearing to hear and conduct routine conversations. 
  • Ability to work with hands above shoulder height or arms extended at shoulder height.  The employee is required to use hand to finger, handle, grasp or feel objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. 
  • Requires repetitive movements standard in office-related activities such as typing, and sitting and standing, talking in person and via telephone. This position is occasionally required to stoop, kneel or crouch, to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, to occasionally stoop, bend, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and /or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive and hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to speak and hear; to travel to other locations. 
  • Requires sufficient hearing and speech ability to communicate verbally in response to inquiries, complaints, and to speak to individuals or groups in an informational or instructional situation.  


Work is primarily conducted indoors with occasional time spent in an outside environment.  Incumbent experiences routine exposures and hazards of a typical office environment.  

The incumbent’s working conditions are moderately quiet. 

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