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City Manager Hiring Committee to Make Recommendation on March 15

Council will be asked to consider proposed contract with Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde  

The extensive search and evaluation of candidates to become the City of Boulder’s next city manager is nearing completion. The council subcommittee is expected to make an enthusiastic recommendation that an offer be made to Austin’s Deputy City Manager Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde. 

Boulder City Council, which has the responsibility to make this decision by Charter, is expected to vote on the hiring committee’s recommendation, as well as review proposed contract details, at its regularly scheduled March 16 meeting. 

“After considering input gathered from our community, staff and council colleagues, we are making an impassioned recommendation that council hire Ms. Rivera-Vandermyde,” said Council Member Mary Young, who, along with Council Member Aaron Brockett, serves on the hiring committee. “We believe that her values, authenticity, poise, curiosity, experience and collaborative data-driven approach to problem solving can lead our city through the transformational change we need to meet our many challenges and aspirations.” 

The city conducted a multi-step process to recruit candidates and to seek meaningful input on those who were most qualified. On Feb. 19, 2021, the committee announced that Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde and Kevin Jackson were selected as finalists. Both finalists participated in a series of interviews with each of the city’s nine council members in groups of two, as well as online feedback sessions with city staff and with community members.  

“We were fortunate to have two such strong city manager finalists,” Brockett said. “For us, Ms. Rivera-Vandermyde stood out as the strong front-runner. She has demonstrated capable and effective leadership in cities that are addressing many of the same challenging issues faced by the city of Boulder.”

“We’re excited to share this recommendation with our council colleagues and the community,” Brockett said.

Under the proposed contract that council will consider, the new city manager would earn $290,000 a year and start on May 10, 2021. Other details are available in a memo to council that will be released later today. 

Chris Meschuk, who has been serving since interim city manager since the retirement of Jane Brautigam at the end of October 2020, said this recommendation is an important and welcomed step forward.

“Speaking for myself, I am super excited to work alongside a city manager with the track record and compassionate approach that Ms. Rivera-Vandermyde exhibited during our interview processes,” said Meschuk, who will return to his role as deputy city manager once a new manager is on board.

Rivera-Vandermyde has served as the deputy city manager of the City of Austin, Texas, since 2019. She has been a local government leader since 2013 when she was hired by the City of Minneapolis, Minn., as the director of regulatory services.  She progressed to the roles of deputy city coordinator and city coordinator within that time. Rivera-Vandermyde received her Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from Amherst College.  

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Sarah Huntley, Communication and Engagement Director, 720-908-5722