Staff Reports —
Greeley City Manager Roy Otto has selected Becky Safarik, the City’s Community Development Director, to serve as the City’s Assistant City Manager. This change as well as the promotion of Brad Mueller to Community Development Director will officially occur on April 1, 2012. The Assistant City Manager position has been vacant since early in 2007. The transition has already begun for both Ms. Safarik and Mr. Mueller.
Ms. Safarik’s tenure with the City since 1978 includes responsibilities managing Building Inspections, Code Enforcement, Natural Resources, Neighborhood Resources, Planning, and Urban Renewal areas of City government. She will now be responsible for the day to day operations and implementation of multi-departmental programs and projects. Examples of her 2012 responsibilities include overseeing the Neighborhood Building Blocks and Performance Measurement Programs; the Poudre River Corridor and University District initiatives; as well as managing and promoting redevelopment tax increment districts. Ms. Safarik will also continue her oversight of the Greeley Urban Renewal Authority staff and operations and lend support to the efforts of the Downtown Development Authority.
City Manager Roy Otto commented that in Becky Safarik he found, “. . . someone with facilitative leadership skills who can assist me in helping the City reach its potential and help guide the organization to a place where we can be known for our initiative, risk taking, vision, creativity and innovation.”
Otto also noted that she has done an outstanding job leading the Community Development Department since 1983 including numerous community outreach projects. Ms. Safarik has been the driving force behind recent key initiatives such as the Neighborhood Building Blocks Program, the “UniverCity” Coalition, and the University and Creative Districts.
Brad Mueller, the City’s Planning Manager since 2010, is being promoted to Community Development Director to fill the vacancy left behind by Ms. Safarik. Before becoming Planning Manager in Greeley, Mr. Mueller was the Assistant Director and Long Range Planner for Weld County from 2005-2009. Prior to that he was the Chief Planner with Douglas County from 1999-2005. Otto pointed out that Mr. Mueller’s experience and accomplishments with those organizations as well as with the City have been exemplary. “I am extremely confident that Brad has the experience and abilities to handle the responsibilities as a department director and as a member of our executive team.”
The Planning Manager position in the Community Development Department vacated by Mr. Mueller will not be refilled. Mr. Mueller’s new role will include continued management of the Planning Division of Community Development.