BRIGHTON — Just more than a year after joining Adams County as deputy county manager, Todd Leopold has been appointed as the next county manager following the impending retirement of Jim Robinson on Oct. 31.
The Adams County Board of Commissioners announced the appointment last week during the board’s regularly scheduled public hearing. Leopold, of Thornton, will officially assume the role of county manager on Nov. 1.
“As commissioners, we have an obligation to select the very best person we can find for the position of county manager,” said Board Chair Eva J. Henry. “Our comprehensive selection process included a four-month search conducted by a national recruiting firm. After an extensive and competitive review of a wide range of candidates, the process showed us that Todd Leopold is clearly the best person for the job. No one else had his experience, qualifications, or leadership skills-plus, as a native of Adams County, he understands the unique needs and sensitive challenges of the community.”
Leopold has more than 18 years of experience working for various city, county, and regional planning organizations throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Prior to joining Adams County in September 2012, he worked for 12 years in Jefferson County, serving as both the director of budget and the director of administrative services. Leopold has a bachelor of science degree in political science from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
According to Commissioner Erik Hansen, Leopold has already implemented a host of innovative initiatives across county government.
“Although he’s only been with Adams County for just over a year, Todd has already had a profound impact on the way we conduct business,” said Commissioner Erik Hansen. “He reorganized the former Public Works Department into the new Transportation Department, complete with a new focus on transparency, efficiency, and efficacy. Todd’s fresh perspective and new energy will surely reinforce the county’s efforts to enhance our organizational integrity.”
Commissioner Henry notes that Leopold’s role will differ from the one that had been filled by outgoing County Manager Jim Robinson.
“Until very recently, Adams County operated under a county administrator structure. Following a reorganization and transition into a county manager system, we are positioned to better serve the people of Adams County,” said Henry. “A county manager has more authority and a greater ability to maintain best practices in government. The new structure creates checks and balances, removes political influences and ensures accountability. All of these things will serve our constituents well.”
The Board of Commissioners thanked Robinson for his many years of service to the residents of Adams County.
“Jim’s retirement has been well earned,” said Commissioner Henry. “We thank him for a job well done, and wish him well as he looks forward to enjoying more time with his family.”
Also at the meeting, the board took the interim tag off Heidi Miller’s job title in the County Attorney’s Office. Miller has been working in the County Attorney’s Office for more than seven years. Prior to serving as acting county attorney, Miller had been the senior litigator for the county and represented the county and its elected officials in many state and federal cases.
“Heidi has distinguished herself as a natural leader during her time with Adams County, and her skillful guidance over the past seven months has been nothing short of remarkable,” said Commissioner Henry. “Heidi’s experience as a litigator and her background in private practice have proven invaluable to the county. We are thrilled to move her from an acting capacity into a permanent position.”
Miller grew up in Arvada and graduated with highest honors in History from the University of Denver. Heidi was a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of Denver College of Law and graduated with her juris doctorate in 2002. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the Adams/Broomfield Bar Association.