Deputy City Manager

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The City of Fort Collins has narrowed its search for its second Deputy City Manager to five finalists, who will participate in interviews and selection events with City Council, City staff and community stakeholders the week of Nov. 9, including an online community forum.

Due to COVID-19 public health considerations, all selection activities will take place virtually.


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Selection Process

This position is one of two deputy city managers in the City of Fort Collins and oversees a wide variety of City departments and services. The deputy city manager works with the city manager and City Council on external matters and collaborates with the executive team to implement the City’s strategic plan and manage internal operations. The City enlisted the support of The Novak Consulting Group to lead the search.




The City of Fort Collins has narrowed its search for its second Deputy City Manager to five finalists, who will participate in interviews and selection events with City Council, City staff and community stakeholders the week of Nov. 9, including an online community forum.

Due to COVID-19 public health considerations, all selection activities will take place virtually.


Share Feedback

You may share your feedback about the candidates via a brief survey under the "Provide Feedback" tab below. The survey will close at noon on Thursday, Nov. 12.


Watch Public Forum


Selection Process

This position is one of two deputy city managers in the City of Fort Collins and oversees a wide variety of City departments and services. The deputy city manager works with the city manager and City Council on external matters and collaborates with the executive team to implement the City’s strategic plan and manage internal operations. The City enlisted the support of The Novak Consulting Group to lead the search.




  • Farrell Buller

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    29 Oct 2020

    Current Position: Deputy Town Administrator, Town of Erie, Colorado, 2019-Present

    Highest Degree Attained: Bachelor of Science in Recreation, University of Northern Colorado

    Employment History:

    Town of Erie, Colorado

    • Interim Town Administrator, 2018-2019
    • Director of Parks and Recreation, 2014-2018

    City of Lakewood, Colorado

    • Recreation Division Manager, 2011-2014

    City of Commerce City, Colorado

    • Recreation Division Manager, 2005-2011
    • Community Services Supervisor, 2004-2005

    Current Position: Deputy Town Administrator, Town of Erie, Colorado, 2019-Present

    Highest Degree Attained: Bachelor of Science in Recreation, University of Northern Colorado

    Employment History:

    Town of Erie, Colorado

    • Interim Town Administrator, 2018-2019
    • Director of Parks and Recreation, 2014-2018

    City of Lakewood, Colorado

    • Recreation Division Manager, 2011-2014

    City of Commerce City, Colorado

    • Recreation Division Manager, 2005-2011
    • Community Services Supervisor, 2004-2005
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  • Lon Pluckhahn

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    29 Oct 2020

    Current Position: City Manager, City of Marion, Iowa, 2007-Present

    Highest Degree Attained: Master of Public Administration, Iowa State University; Master of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University

    Employment History:

    City of Platteville, Wisconsin

    • City Manager, 2003-2007

    City of West Liberty, Iowa

    • City Manager/Clerk, 1998-2003

    Region XII Council of Governments

    • Local Assistance Director, 1994-1998

    Current Position: City Manager, City of Marion, Iowa, 2007-Present

    Highest Degree Attained: Master of Public Administration, Iowa State University; Master of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University

    Employment History:

    City of Platteville, Wisconsin

    • City Manager, 2003-2007

    City of West Liberty, Iowa

    • City Manager/Clerk, 1998-2003

    Region XII Council of Governments

    • Local Assistance Director, 1994-1998
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  • Kyle Stannert

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    29 Oct 2020

    Current Position: Assistant City Manager, City of Bellevue, Washington, 2015-Present

    Highest Degree Attained: Master of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha

    Employment History:

    City of Bellevue, Washington

    • Assistant Director and Public Records Officer, 2006-2015

    Concentric Solutions

    • SharePoint Project and Information Management (Contract), 2008

    Current Position: Assistant City Manager, City of Bellevue, Washington, 2015-Present

    Highest Degree Attained: Master of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha

    Employment History:

    City of Bellevue, Washington

    • Assistant Director and Public Records Officer, 2006-2015

    Concentric Solutions

    • SharePoint Project and Information Management (Contract), 2008
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  • Melissa Weiss

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    29 Oct 2020

    Current Position: Director of Administrative Services, City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 2018-Present

    Highest Degree Attained: Master of Public Affairs, Indiana University

    Employment History:

    City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

    • Communications Manager, 2017-2018

    Village of Sussex, Wisconsin

    • Assistant Village Administrator, 2012-2017
    • Assistant to the Village Administrator, 2011-2012

    City of Creve Coeur, Missouri

    • Public Information Officer & Management Analyst, 2008-2011
    • Administrative Intern, 2007

    Current Position: Director of Administrative Services, City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 2018-Present

    Highest Degree Attained: Master of Public Affairs, Indiana University

    Employment History:

    City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

    • Communications Manager, 2017-2018

    Village of Sussex, Wisconsin

    • Assistant Village Administrator, 2012-2017
    • Assistant to the Village Administrator, 2011-2012

    City of Creve Coeur, Missouri

    • Public Information Officer & Management Analyst, 2008-2011
    • Administrative Intern, 2007
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  • Mark Woulf

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    29 Oct 2020

    Current Position: Senior Manager, Economic Vitality & Business Services, City of Boulder, Colorado, 2018-Present

    Highest Degree Attained: Master of Public Administration, University of Colorado Denver

    Employment History:

    City of Englewood, Colorado

    • Assistant City Manager, 2017-2018
    • Strategy and Innovation Officer, 2016-2017

    City of Madison, Wisconsin

    • Director, Food and Alcohol Policy, Office of the Mayor, 2011-2016

    Current Position: Senior Manager, Economic Vitality & Business Services, City of Boulder, Colorado, 2018-Present

    Highest Degree Attained: Master of Public Administration, University of Colorado Denver

    Employment History:

    City of Englewood, Colorado

    • Assistant City Manager, 2017-2018
    • Strategy and Innovation Officer, 2016-2017

    City of Madison, Wisconsin

    • Director, Food and Alcohol Policy, Office of the Mayor, 2011-2016
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