The city of Northglenn has a new city manager. James Hayes was unanimously appointed at the March 14 City Council meeting and will assume his new duties on April 18. Hayes said, "I am honored and excited to be selected to serve as the city manager for the city of Northglenn. I look forward to returning to the city and working with the City Council, staff, residents, and business owners to help Northglenn continue to grow and thrive."
Hayes replaces former city manager John Pick, who resigned in July of 2015.
“We’re looking forward to having Jim on board as city manager,” said Mayor Joyce Downing. “His depth of experience and can-do attitude set him apart from other candidates. His previous experience with the city provides him with a unique perspective and understanding of Northglenn.”
As Hayes is welcomed by Northglenn, he will be missed in neighboring Commerce City where he served in a series of progressively responsible positions starting as director of Community Development in 2011, then being named Deputy City Manager in 2012. In Commerce City he worked closely with the city manager to implement city council’s goals through adoption of the budget, implementation of the annual work plan, and management of the capital improvement program. In addition, he provided oversite to public works, parks and recreation, the community development departments, and the economic development division.
“As deputy city manager, Jim has been an integral part of the city’s administration, advancing key initiatives to help our community’s vision,” said Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford. “We are proud of his selection and expect him to continue to do great things for another city within Adams County.”
Being appointed city manager is a homecoming for Hayes, who served as Northglenn’s director of Planning and Development from 2007-2011. While at Northglenn, he managed several disciplines including planning, economic development, building services, code enforcement, housing, and community engagement. Under his direction, Northglenn adopted a new comprehensive plan in 2010 and he also served as acting city manager and finance director during the city’s executive-level transition in 2008-2009. Hayes also has private sector experience managing land acquisition, entitlement and development for Pulte Homes. In addition, he spent 10 years as planning manager for Adams County.
An alumna of Iowa State University, Hayes has a Masters in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He previously served on the Executive Board of the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association from 2008-2011 and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Horizons North Credit Union, a position he has held since 2011.