County Manager- Routt County


Routt County, Colorado, with a population of over 25,000, is located in beautiful Northwest Colorado and comprises the Steamboat Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area. Routt County covers over 1.5 million acres, including approximately 755,000 public acres (50%) and approximately 710,000 agricultural acres (47%).  Routt County is known for its skiing and outdoor tourism, but it is also an agricultural county with strong family values. Natural resource development is an important component of the county’s economy.  Routt County offers distinctive western lifestyle, community character and many business opportunities. The City of Steamboat Springs is the county seat and home to over 12,000 residents. It is an employment center, well-known tourist destination and a growing location-neutral workforce. The towns of Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa comprise other incorporated communities within the County. Each has their own unique character and history. Numerous attractions and activities occur year-round in those areas. Routt County has significantly limited unincorporated development, with a few small unincorporated communities that celebrate their own uncrowded rural lifestyle, natural beauty, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Routt County is well known for its outdoor recreation and home to the Steamboat Ski Resort with multiple other hiking, biking, hunting and motorized recreation areas. Access to several state parks and national forest land within Routt County offer other diverse recreational benefits. In addition, Routt County has a healthy and diverse business community, with a wide range of resources to meet the needs of employers and their employees. 

The Yampa Valley Regional Airport is owned and operated by Routt County and offers both commercial flights as well as a vibrant general aviation service to the entire region. The airport is located in Hayden, approximately 22 miles west of Steamboat Springs. United, Delta, American and Southwest Airlines have flights and increased service has been added to the summer schedule.


The County is seeking an energetic, experienced, and creative administrator who is a proven leader and can develop a productive working relationship with a diverse group of people. The next County Manager will be an exceptional communicator with the ability to collaborate and engage with the Board of County Commissioners, staff, business owners, and community members. The ideal candidate will be expected to demonstrate a keen understanding of emerging economic issues in Routt County including affordable housing, transportation, broadband access, recreational tourism and natural resource development.  Routt County continues to maintain a strong agricultural base, but is quickly adapting to a more tourism/hospitality driven economy.  Accordingly, the successful candidate should understand public lands management, have the ability to balance growth pressures and demonstrate strong intergovernmental skills.  Additionally, he/she should have excellent communication skills, be a team builder, exhibit savvy leadership and be adept at delegating important duties and responsibilities.  The County is seeking a “visionary” who will foster long-term relationships and develop organization-wide transparency, accountability and flexibility. The ideal candidate will have the ability to skillfully guide the Commissioners and County staff through the decision making and policy making process. The successful candidate will be of strong character, trustworthy, and ethical. A process-oriented individual with strong finance and budgeting skills will be successful. A respect and understanding of the unique role of county government, including the ability to work with a variety of elected officials will be a plus. The ideal candidate will be accessible to staff, lead by example, and support a positive working environment and organizational culture. The successful candidate will maintain a high level of accountability and prioritize activities to align with the strategic mission of the organization. 


Education & Experience

A minimum qualification is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, business administration or a related field. A master’s degree is preferred. A minimum of 5 years experience as a City/County Manager, Assistant City/County Manager, Department Head or equivalent. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. 

The salary range for the County Manager is negotiable and dependent upon qualifications. The current salary range is $175,000 to $190,000. In addition, the County offers a competitive benefits package that includes a comprehensive medical plan, Health Savings Account, 401(a), 457 and ROTH Retirements savings plans, Dental/Vision plans, Paid Holidays, Sick and Personal Leave; vacation and other benefits.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted electronically through April 30, 2021 at 5:00PM (MDT). The position may be open until filled.

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KRW Associates LLC, To be considered for this opportunity applicants must submit a cover letter, current resume and six professional references. 

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