For Immediate Release
Subject: Englehart Appointed City Manager
Contact: Communications Manager Sam Rainguet
During the regular meeting tonight City Council unanimously approved a resolution appointing Rich Englehart as City Manager.
Englehart has served as the Interim City Manager since December of 2011. He was hired as the Deputy City Manager in March 2008.
Prior to coming to Grand Junction, Rich held a number of management positions over the course of 23 years in Delta, CO including Parks and Recreation Director, Assistant City Manager, Housing Authority Director, and City Manager. He began his public sector career as an employee of the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department in the early 1980’s. Englehart holds a Bachelor of Arts in Leisure and Recreation Services from Mesa College (now CMU) and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado - Denver. He is also a credentialed member of the International City Manager’s Association (ICMA).
Mayor Bill Pitts stated, “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.”
During Englehart’s tenure in the interim position, the Deputy City Manager position remained vacant. In addition, forgoing a national search for a City Manager will save search fees.
Englehart will be offered a contract with a salary of $150,000 annually plus a housing allowance of $2,000 per month for six months as well as moving expenses of up to $7,500. He currently resides in Delta. The City Charter requires that the City Manager live in Grand Junction. Mayor Pitts said, “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.”
Englehart said, “I want to thank the Council for their support of me and my selection as City Manager. 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 the members of this community.” Full News Release