Clear Creek names next county manager

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/30/21

Clear Creek has announced Brian Bosshardt as its next county manager. Bosshardt, who's been in local government for more than 20 years, runs his own consulting firm that specializes in leadership …

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Clear Creek names next county manager

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Clear Creek has announced Brian Bosshardt as its next county manager.

Bosshardt, who's been in local government for more than 20 years, runs his own consulting firm that specializes in leadership development for local governments and other organizations.

He served as the city manager of Bedford, Texas for almost three years until January 2020. Before that, he was the deputy county manager for the City and County of Los Alamos, New Mexico for five years.

The Clear Creek Board of County Commissioners approved a contract with him during a special meeting Thursday. Bosshardt officially starts June 7.

Until then, outgoing County Manager Keith Montag will stay on in an hourly contract basis, according to a county press release Friday. Montag was scheduled to retire May 1.

Bosshardt, who started his career as a management intern for the City of Westminster in 1997, said he is looking forward to moving back to Colorado with his wife and making Clear Creek their new home.

'A beautiful opportunity'

Originally from Minnesota, Bosshardt said his father's work as a Methodist minister left a strong impression on him, and he carries that same lifelong goal to work with the community and serve the public, albeit in local government.

After working for jurisdictions across the Southwest, Bosshardt said the Clear Creek job caught his attention. He seemed to click well with the commissioners during the interview process, he described, and and he felt that his skill set fit the county's needs.

George Marlin, chair of the Board of County Commissioners, agreed, saying he and his colleagues really appreciated Bosshardt's team-building and staff development experience, which they had established as a high priority when searching for Montag's replacement.

"It's been a pretty tough five or six years for Clear Creek County staff; they've been asked to do a lot more with a lot less," Marlin continued. "We want to bring them the support that they need to continue to serve the public the way they have, which is nothing short of excellent."

In his resume and cover letter, Bosshardt detailed his experience working for communities challenged by declining revenues that wanted to improve their economic development efforts and amenities. Among his accomplishments, he listed facilitating Bedford City Council's first strategic plan in more than 15 years and coordinating a successful $70 million bond campaign to renovate a city park and build a joint senior center/rec center.

Marlin said that Bosshardt's experience in leadership development and local government made him a good match for Clear Creek, adding, "We look forward to welcoming him into the community."

As county manager, Bosshardt said his first priority is forming strong partnerships with the commissioners, staff members and community. Overall, he wants to help Clear Creek diversify its revenue streams and ensure staff is providing the best quality of service possible.

"I wanted to have a meaningful impact and improve quality of life for the people who call Clear Creek home," he said of why he applied for the job. " ... It seems like a beautiful opportunity."

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