Fred Jarman has been named the new Garfield County manager. He takes the helm on Sept. 16, 2022.

Fred Jarman named Garfield County manager

Current deputy county manager has worked at Garfield County for 20 years

Sept. 7, 2022

Garfield County has named Fred Jarman as its new county manager, replacing Kevin Batchelder who is retiring on Sept. 16. The hire was made by the Board of County Commissioners following an internal search for candidates and subsequent interviews.

Currently deputy county manager, Jarman has been with Garfield County for 20 years, having served as deputy county manager since April 1, 2016. Prior to that role, he held the reins as Garfield County community development director for 10 years.

By way of background, Jarman holds a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory and Henry College in Virginia. Prior to working in local government, he served two tours in the U.S. Peace Corps in west and central Africa in international development. He has lived in Garfield County for 23 years, where he and his wife are raising two daughters.

Jarman said he is passionate about public service and continues to be impressed by the county’s talented management team and strong leadership and vision from the county commissioners.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity,” Jarman told the commissioners. “I look forward to continuing the county’s efforts to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Garfield County.”

The appointment was made unanimously, 3-0.