The City Manager’s Office provides professional leadership in the administration and execution of policies and objectives formulated by City Council.
Pursuant to the City’s Charter, the City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City and is responsible to the City Council for the proper administration of City government. Through the appointment of highly qualified department directors, the City Manager has oversight responsibility of the City’s day-to-day operations. Department directors report to the City Manager.
The City Manager develops and recommends alternative solutions to community problems for Council consideration; researches, plans, and develops new programs to meet future needs of the City; prepares and recommends an annual budget for Council consideration; and fosters community pride in city government through excellent customer service.
Scott Vargo was selected from a large field of qualified candidates to serve as Golden’s new city manager. Scott previously served as County Manager for Summit County and has worked in county leadership roles since 1999.
His first day with the City of Golden was September 12, 2022.
Meet Golden City Manager, Scott Vargo
Deputy City Manager Carly Lorentz
Carolyn (Carly) Lorentz is serving as Acting City Manager while City Council conducts a nationwide search for a new City Manager. Carly started work for the City in June of 2018 as Deputy City Manager, responsible for assisting the City Manager in providing leadership and administering the affairs of Golden city government.
Prior to her work in Golden, Carly worked for the neighboring City of Wheat Ridge since 2010 in various administrative capacities, most recently as Assistant to the City Manager. She is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and was part of its 2017 Emerging Leadership Development Program. She serves on the Finance Committee for the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) professional association and is an active member of the Alliance for Innovation, Colorado Women in Local Government, and the Colorado City/County Manager’s Association. Carly also serves as Golden’s representative on the Foothills Animal Shelter Board of Directors.
Carly has an undergraduate degree in English Writing/ Literature from the University of Colorado-Denver and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from CU-Denver.