Garfield County hires new deputy county manager

April 11, 2014

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – A new deputy county manager will begin serving Garfield County April 25. Kevin Batchelder, who has 24 years of experience in public administration including 18 years as chief administrator for municipalities both metropolitan and rural, has accepted the position and will relocate to Glenwood Springs from Silverthorne, CO.

Batchelder worked as the town manager for Silverthorne for the past 14 years. Before that he worked as city administrator, interim city administrator and administrative assistant for about 11 years for the City of Mendota Heights, MN, in the St. Paul metropolitan area. He has also worked as a legislative aide for the House of Representatives, Colorado General Assembly.

Batchelder holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Colorado State University. He holds the “Credentialed Manager” certification from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the leading local government professional association founded in 1914.

“Kevin will make a strong team stronger,” said Garfield County Manager Andrew Gorgey. “As county manager, I remain committed to serving the county and helping the commissioners achieve their policy goals, and I am pleased Garfield County will have a deputy county manager with the qualifications that Kevin has.”

Batchelder has centered his career in public service in budgeting, capital improvement planning, asset management, and revenue diversification/economic development. He interviewed for the Garfield County position seeking an executive management position in local government in western Colorado.

“My family and I are excited about the opportunity to relocate to Garfield County,” said Batchelder. “We are familiar with its climate and its outdoor recreation opportunities, including our favorites, fly-fishing and biking. We love the western slope of Colorado – it is a great place to raise a family, and we are looking forward to becoming part of the community.”

Batchelder’s hobbies include fly-fishing, downhill skiing, hiking, biking and camping. He was a member of Summit County Rotary for 11 years and has been active in youth sports. He and his wife Karin will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in September. His two sons, are Kyle (18) and Tim (16).
Gorgey will introduce Batchelder at the May 5 meeting of the board of county commissioners.