Grand Junction council hires interim manager for permanent position

Rich Englehart

A government administrator who’s worked in a variety of roles, for the last six months as interim city manager in Grand Junction, has been hired for that post on a permanent basis.

The Grand Junction City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution appointing Rich Englehart city manager.

Englehart had served as interim manager since December as part of a transition plan put in place after the council asked then-City Manager Laurie Kadrich to resign. Englehart previously had served as deputy city manager since March 2008.

“Rich has done a great job in the interim role. We knew we had the right person already on board, and so we agreed that making that appointment permanent was the smart thing to do,” said Grand Junction Mayor Bill Pitts.

Englehart thanked the council for its support and said he’s looking forward to working as city manager on a permanent basis. “I am excited to be city manager for such an outstanding organization and community. I look forward to getting moved in here and continuing to work together with the city council and staff on the important services we provide for member of this community.”

The council will offer Englehart a contract with an annual salary of $150,000.

Englehart also will receive a housing allowance of $2,000 a month for six months and moving expenses of up to $7,500.  Englehart currently lives in Delta, but the city charter requires the city manager to live in Grand Junction.

“Because it is very important to the council and our community to get Rich relocated here, we offered him some assistance to get that done,” Pitts said.

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.

Englehart 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. He’s a credentialed member of the International City Manager’s Association.

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.