A deputy city manager will become acting city manager as part of a transition plan approved by the Grand Junction City Council.

Rich Englehart will serve as acting city manager until a manager is selected on a permanent basis. Englehart has served as deputy manager since September 2007.

The move follows the resignation of City Manager Laurie Kadrich at the request of the council.

According to a news release from the city, the council wants to go in a different direction.

Kadrich also acknowledged those differences. “There are some fundamental philosophical differences between me and the city council,” she stated in the release. “Simply put, in the city manager line of work, that can mean the end of your employment.”

Grand Junction Mayor Tom Kenyon stated: “A situation such as this is always difficult. Laurie is leaving the city in a very good place. We are grateful for her leadership and the many good things she brought to this organization.”

Prior to joining the City of Grand Junction, Englehart held a variety of management positions over the course of 23 years in Delta, including city manager, assistant city manager, housing authority director and parks and recreation director. Englehart started his public sector career in Grand Junction as an employee of the parks and recreation department.

He holds  a bachelor’s degree in leisure and recreation services from Colorado Mesa University and a master’s of public administration degree from the University of Colorado.

Kadrich’s resignation ended a nearly five-year tenure with the City of Grand Junction. She joined the city as deputy city manager on Jan. 5, 2007 and was appointed city manager on July 18, 2007, succeeding David Varley.

Varley had worked for the city in a number of positions for more than 14 years, but served as manager for only about five months before resigning. Varley hired Kadrich.

Prior to coming to Grand Junction, Kadrich served as city manager for seven years in Cody, Wyo., and assistant city manager for five years in Gillette, Wyo. Her career began in law enforcement with the Gillette Police Department. 

During Kadrich’s tenure in Grand Junction, the city completed the Riverside Parkway as well as a large flood mitigation project and joined with Mesa County in constructing the 29 Road viaduct over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Construction continues on a new police, fire and emergency dispatch complex as well as improvements at Suplizio Field.

Kadrich also oversaw city efforts to complete a comprehensive plan, develop community partnerships and respond to an economic recession.

“I will treasure my five years with the City of Grand Junction and am proud to have had this opportunity,” Kadrich stated in the news release. “This is a strong organization managed by extremely capable and caring people that I am honored to have worked with.  I am confident they will continue on the solid course we have established together.”