City Manager

City Hall During the Spring Season

Form of Governance & Duties

The City of Aspen operates under a City Manager form of government. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Council. It is the responsibility of the City Manager's Office to ensure the public receives excellent customer service by providing guidance and support to all City departments, and by assisting City Council in defining and meeting their collective goals.

The City of Aspen currently is operating under Interim City Manager, Sara Ott. The search is underway for a permanent City Manager.

The Interim City Manager directly oversees Parks and Open Space and Recreation,  Finance, Police, Human Resources, Community Development, Public Works, and Housing.

Public Works Director Scott Miller oversees Asset, Engineering, Housing Development, and Assistant Public Works Director.

See the City's Organizational Chart

Updates on Recruitment for a New City Manager

Finalists Announced for Open City Manager Position
Interviews take place August 8 and are open to the community

Read the press release here

Candidate Finalists Resumes

A Community Panel will interview the four finalists as part of the selection process and provide feedback to City Council.  See the bios of the community panel here.

Each finalist is being asked to present a prepared presentation to Council on the AACP.  See the details of the presentation here.


Community Input for City Manager Finalist

The finalists will take part in a public presentation exercise to City Council on Thursday, August 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in City Council Chambers.  The public is invited to attend as observers and can provide feedback via comment cards. The presentation exercise will also be televised on CGTV Channel 11, the City of Aspen website, City of Aspen Facebook page and will be available for replay for those who cannot watch live.  The public can provide feedback to newcm@cityofaspen.com.  The deadline for comments is Sunday, August 11 at 5pm.  If the public would rather submit comments in person, a drop-off box will be located in City Hall at the finance desk from 8am -5 p.m. August 8 and 9.


In addition, there is a public meet and greet with all four candidates on Thursday, August 8 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Aspen Police Department Community Room on the 2nd Floor.  

three finalists

Recruitment Brochure - Applications are CLOSED

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cm engagement

Worksession with Council to Discuss Recruitment - April 24, 2019

Watch the City Council work session discussing recruitment

April 17, 2019

Read the press release on the selection of Peckham & McKenney