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Gonzales, Finger tabbed as Adams deputy managers

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By The Staff

BRIGHTON — The reorganization of county government under new County Manager Todd Leopold continued last month as he announced the hiring of two new deputy county managers, tasked with improving internal and external services.

Ray Gonzales was named Deputy Manager of External Services, while Ed Finger was named Deputy Director of Internal Services. Gonzales begins his new position Jan. 1, while Finger begins serving in his new role Jan. 6.

“Adams County serves a large population with a diverse range of services,” Leopold said in a news release announcing the hirings. “With an operating budget of nearly $500 million, we want to ensure that we are providing our residents with the best possible services as we invest their tax dollars prudently. By hiring two deputies to oversee both external and internal services, we will be better able to take a hard look at the way we conduct our daily business. Our ultimate goal is to streamline processes, cut unnecessary or redundant expenditures, institute best practices and new innovations, and provide the very best customer service possible to our customers.”

As deputy manager of external services, Gonzales will oversee Neighborhood Services, Parks and Community Resources, Planning and Development, and the Transportation Departments. Gonzales is responsible for identifying innovative ways to engage Adams County residents in their government as well as improving the efficiency and efficacy of the services the county provides to its customers.

Gonzales is a Brighton native who previously served as Director of Neighborhood Services. Prior to that, he served as the vice president of business & economic development for SOS Employment Group and as the assistant city manager for the city of Brighton, where he oversaw the Redevelopment, Economic Development and Community Resources office.

Gonzales also served as the director for the Brighton Economic Development Corporation. Additionally, Gonzales was previously appointed deputy cabinet secretary of labor for the state of New Mexico, and served as a federal representative for the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Gonzales provided leadership, oversight, policy guidance and technical assistance for employment and training programs in a 12-state region which included Colorado.

“Ray Gonzales has done a remarkable job as our Director of Neighborhood Services,” said Leopold. “I look forward to Ray bringing his extraordinary ability to engage citizens and inspire employees to all of Adams County’s external departments.”

As deputy director of internal services, Finger will oversee the county’s Human Services Department, in addition to the county departments that support internal operations: Facility Planning and Operations, Information Technology, Finance, and Human Resources.

Finger is primarily tasked with ensuring the county’s day-to-day internal operations adequately support the needs of employees while at the same time doing so with maximum efficiency.

Finger, a resident of Aurora, comes to Adams County from Clark County, Nev., where, as the assistant county manager, he was responsible for a work force of more than 2,000 employees. Finger also served as the Clark County comptroller for six years, during which time he safeguarded the county’s resources through his expertise with fiscal policy.

A certified public accountant, Finger also previously served as the Director of Finance for the City of Reno, Nevada as well as the City of Thornton.

“Adams County is devoted to transparency, sound financial management, and employee satisfaction,” said Leopold. “It is hard to imagine a more well-seasoned candidate than Ed Finger, who will serve the county well as we continue our path to building a stronger, more accountable government.”