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    Kate Newman Promoted to Deputy County Administrator

    Kate Newman has been named Jefferson County Deputy County Administrator. She was promoted to the position by County Administrator Ralph Schell. Newman has been the Assistant County Administrator for the past two years.

    Schell made the announcement on October 2, after making changes to the executive management team in the wake of the departure of Todd Leopold, director of Administrative Services, who left the county to accept a job with Adams County.

    “The Administrative Services vacancy forced me to take a good hard look at the organizational structure of the county departments under the Board of County Commissioners,” Schell said. “I felt we could operate more effectively by separating out a couple of the divisions under Administrative Services that didn’t have a financial or IT relationship.”

    “Previously Administrative Services consisted of the Accounting, Budget, Fleet, Facilities & Construction Management, Information Technology (IT) and Risk Management Divisions,” Schell said. “Both the Fleet and the Facilities & Construction Management divisions will now report directly to Newman, with Accounting, Budget, Risk Management and IT in a new Department of Finance and Information Technology.” Recruitment for a director of the new department will begin immediately.

    “Kate Newman is ‘the go to’ person in the county,” Schell said. “She is especially valuable in intergovernmental issues, coordinating efforts of the county with municipalities, the school district, other counties, and state and federal agencies, always making sure the county’s interests are heard. For the last several years she has headed the county’s lobbying and legislative efforts and is very effective.”

    Prior to becoming assistant county administrator, Newman was the special projects coordinator in the Administrator’s office. She coordinated legislation, rewrote and updated all of the county’s policies and procedures, was involved in the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority from its beginning and worked out many of the details with RTD on construction of the light rail station.”

    She started at Jeffco in 2001 as a long range planner in the Planning & Zoning Division. She has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado at Denver and a bachelor’s degree in planning, public policy and management from the University of Oregon.

    Prior to joining the county staff she worked in disaster assistance for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, D.C.; was a planner for the cities of Lakewood and Englewood, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cape Verde, Africa.

    October 11, 2012

    Last Updated: 7-3-2013