In light of former Arvada Director of Human Resources Linda Haley being appointed as a second deputy city manager, the City of Arvada announced on April 4 that Gabriella Bommer will be taking over Haley’s former position as HR director. Bommer previously served as Arvada’s deputy human resources director.

The move comes during a period of reorganization for the city team, as City Manager Mark Deven announced that he would be retiring from the position effective Oct. 7. The city team has begun looking for Deven’s replacement, but no successor has been named.

Bommer has 28 years of human resource experience working for both public and private organizations. She joined the city team in 2009 and was promoted to deputy director of human resources in 2017.

She served as acting director of human resources from March 2020 to Sept. 2021 while Haley directed Arvada’s COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.

Deven praised Bommer’s leadership and knowledge of human resources.

“With her breadth of human resources knowledge and profound dedication to the city team and community, Gabriella has every quality needed for this vital role,” Deven said. “We look forward to her visionary leadership as we continue to build and maintain an exceptional team to meet the opportunities and challenges to come.”

Bommer, who lives in Westminster with her husband and daughter, said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the department.

“Being the Director of Human Resources of the City of Arvada is a ‘dream big’ opportunity for me,” Bommer said. “Arvada is a truly special place, and I’m honored and excited to serve the community and our city team in this new role, helping to make the city a great place to work for the next generation.”