Garfield County appoints Fred Jarman as Deputy County Manager

March 11, 2016

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has appointed Frederic Jarman, Garfield County’s current Community Development Director, to the position of Deputy County Manager, effective on the first of April. Jarman has a 14-year career with the county in land use and planning and a 16-year career in planning, has led a number of public policy initiatives at the federal level for the county, has extensive related education, experience with Americorps as a resource assistant for its Rural Environments Program, United Nations Children’s Fund and served in the United States Peace Corps.

Jarman has spent his entire career in public service, with a decade at the helm of the Community Development Department (previously Garfield County Building and Planning Department), four years as a Garfield County Senior Planner and Assistant Planning Director, and two years as a planner for the City of Aspen.

With the Natural Resources Office of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia, Jarman assisted in compiling and analyzing timber harvest data and in monitoring a waterfowl nesting program. He reviewed construction plans for erosion and sediment control specifications and storm water management measures for construction projects on the naval base. And, he assisted with wetland delineation projects, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

With the U.S. Peace Corps, Jarman served an 18-month tour in the Republic of Chad in West Africa as a potable water pump specialist and consultant to United Nations Children’s Fund, introducing sustainable water pump technologies, and training and managing local drilling teams to become independent well drilling contractors. Prior to Chad, he also served a two-year tour in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in West Africa, designing and field testing locally sustainable water pumps, coordinating a federal grant for a school serving local communities, and providing training regarding windbreak technologies using indigenous tree species to counter desertification.

He holds a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in Eugene, is in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia.

“Fred will be a great Deputy County Manager, and I am looking forward with a lot of enthusiasm as he joins the County Manager’s Office,” said Garfield County Manager Kevin Batchelder. “Fred brings great energy, initiative and a track record of success to his new role. His whole career has been about exceptional public service and he is committed to excellence, professionalism and ethical conduct. He has been successful as a leader for our Community Development Department for an extended period of time, and I look forward to working with him more directly as the Deputy County Manager.”

Jarman will oversee the management and supervision of the operations departments, public works and community development services of the county. He will assist with furthering the professional development of the management team, improving the management of the capital budget and capital project processes, and will continue in his leadership role on federal and public lands issues.

“I am certainly honored by the offer and excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with a highly talented and motivated management team, County Manager and Board of County Commissioners who are all focused on meeting and exceeding the goals set by the county for the benefit or our citizens,” said Fred Jarman. “I have a deep understanding of the county and its mission, and enjoy a positive working relationship with my colleagues, elected officials and leaders in the community, and look forward to building on that. I am excited to challenge myself to support the County Manager and implement county policies with an existing and talented, high-functioning management team.”

The county received over 40 applications for the position. The applicant pool was narrowed in the final round to four highly-qualified candidates. The selection of Jarman was made by an interview panel, which included the County Manager and five members of the county’s management team. Candidates were scored on competencies including: efficiency and initiative, intelligence, good judgment, decision-making, thoughtfulness, strong work ethics, communication skills, enthusiasm, listening, attention to detail, and coaching of employees.

Jarman’s office will now be located in the Garfield County Administration Building, 108 8th Street, Suite 101, Glenwood Springs.