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Castle Pines names new city manager

Michael Penny had been serving in the position on an interim basis

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Castle Pines has a new city manager.

Michael Penny has been appointed to the position after serving for nearly two months in the job on an interim basis.

“City council and I have been extremely impressed with the work Mr. Penny has accomplished in his very short tenure with the city as interim city manager,” Mayor Tera Radloff said in a news release issued by the city. “If the last seven weeks are any indication, I have no doubt that he is an ideal fit for our community and his extensive experience in local government administration will serve our residents well.”

Penny, 49, was the city manager in Littleton from 2011-16. Before that, he was the town manager of Frisco for seven years and the city administrator of Ouray for two years.

In Castle Pines, he replaces Don Van Wormer, who resigned Jan. 12 after roughly five years on the job.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with city council and staff, getting to know residents and collaborating with community partners over the last two months,” Penny said in the city's release. “As city manager, I'm looking forward to building upon the work already accomplished to implement the city's strategic goals.”

Penny's contract, which was approved by city council April 10 and is effective May 1, calls for an annual salary of $155,000. The salary will rise to $175,000 after six months, according to the contract.

Penny will be working in a city that is poised to grow. Castle Pines is amid more than one development project that combined could double the city's population of nearly 11,000 within the next couple decades.

After taking over as interim manager in February, Penny said he was impressed with the city council's “desire to see the city grow and prosper.”

Penny and the Littleton City Council were sometimes at odds over issues of growth and communication. His tenure in Littleton ended when the council made a controversial decision to fire him in June 2016.

Penny, a Littleton resident, is the past president of the Colorado Municipal League and past president of the Colorado City/County Management Association.

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