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Ralph Schell has served as Jefferson County manager since the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) appointed him to the position in December 2009.
Schell, who was director of Community Resources for 11 years before becoming county administrator, is responsible for implementing the board’s policies and overseeing the day-to-day operations of one of the largest and most geographically diverse counties in Colorado.
His primary duties include recommending the annual operating budget to the BCC, allocating resources to provide quality services to residents based on the BCC’s goals and objectives and overseeing development and implementation of the capital improvements program.
During Schell’s tenure as county manager, Jeffco has enjoyed managerial and financial stability and outstanding bond ratings from Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Services despite a decline in revenue. In 2012, an external audit of the county’s financial statement received the “highest and best opinion an auditor can give,” according to Kim Higgins, a partner with Eide Bailly, the noted certified public accounting and business advisory firm.
Six departments report directly to the county manager, including administrative services, development and transportation, human resources, human services, parks and the public information office.
During his time as community resources (now known as Parks) director, Schell oversaw Jefferson County Open Space – the oldest county open space program in the country – the Boettcher Mansion, Jefferson County Fairgrounds and the Colorado State University (CSU) Extension program.
Before becoming director, Schell worked in park planning, open space and outdoor recreation for more than 23 years. He received a degree in outdoor recreation planning from CSU in 1975 and began his career as a trails planner for Jefferson County's emerging open space program. Schell then had a 20-year career with Colorado State Parks, beginning as a planner and advancing through several positions, including state comprehensive outdoor recreation planner and statewide programs supervisor, before being promoted to administration director of Colorado State Parks in 1991.
Schell and his wife, Charlotte, live in Arvada and have two sons. A native Coloradan, Schell is an active member of the Lake Arbor Optimist Club.
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