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Castle Pines city manager resigns

No reason given by Don Van Wormer, who served in the post since 2013


The City of Castle Pines has announced the resignation of its city manager, Don Van Wormer, who was hired by the town in 2013 and previously served as the city manager of Monte Vista.

Van Wormer's last day as city manager was Jan. 12. His annual salary was $115,000.

“I want to thank Mr. Van Wormer for his service to the community and wish him well,” Mayor Tera Radloff said in an emailed statement on Jan. 16. “As the city begins the process of selecting a new manager, residents can be certain that staff and City Council will continue to provide the community with the very highest level of public service.”

In his resignation letter to the mayor and city council, dated Jan. 11, Van Wormer wrote he had decided to resign from his position as city manager effective the following day.

“Thank you for the support and the opportunities that I have had while working for the City of Castle Pines. It has been my privilege and honor to serve the city council and the residents of Castle Pines,” Van Wormer's letter read.

A spokeswoman for the city, Kristen Knoll, said Van Wormer did not give a reason for resigning, but that “his separation was mutual and amicable.” She was not aware of his professional plans for the future.

There is no timeline in place for filling the vacancy, she said, and staff will continue with their duties as assigned.

“I know that city council would like to move quickly,” Knoll said of replacing Van Wormer. “In the interim, staff and council are very committed to ensuring that all city services are still of the highest level, and operations will continue even without a city manager in place.”

Van Wormer was hired as the city's manager in 2013, at an annual salary of $105,000, after a several-months-long selection process involving candidates from across the country. In speaking with Colorado Community Media after his hiring, Van Wormer described Castle Pines as city full of opportunity, particularly because of its ample open space.

Van Wormer grew up in California and served in the Navy before working as a systems engineer for corporations. Van Wormer moved to Grand Junction in 1982 with plans to become a history teacher, but was referred to a program sponsored by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs that drafted people into the public administration field.

Through the program, he worked as a policy analyst for Mesa County. He then worked in public administration for Hinsdale County and Kremmling before accepting a position with Monte Vista.


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