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Alamosa announces new city manager

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 10th, 2013

Heather Brooks

ALAMOSA — Mayor Kathy Rogers and the entire Alamosa City Council are excited to announce the selection of Heather Brooks as the next city manager.

While final details are being worked out, Brooks and her family will be relocating from Cape Girardeau, Missouri with an anticipated start date in June.

The selection of Brooks comes after an exhaustive nationwide search that began in January, followed by a competitive selection process involving an extremely qualified group of five finalists that included two local candidates Don Van Wormer and Donna Wehe.

Mayor Rogers said, “City council was unanimous in our decision to invite Heather Brooks to join us as our new city manager and we know Alamosa will thrive under her leadership. She’s got a great deal of experience and comes highly recommended. We know the people of Alamosa will truly enjoy getting to know her and her family.”

The mayor added, “Candidates participating in this process were very complimentary of our community, the positive direction we are headed, and the collaborative nature of the organizations and communities that comprise the entire San Luis Valley. While City Council made the final selection, it wasn’t without the input and contributions from a multitude of community stakeholders and organizations, including Adams State University, Alamosa Public Schools, and the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center.

“Finally, while we are certainly looking forward to a bright new future under the leadership of Ms. Brooks, we must not forget the many positive contributions made by our former City Manager Nathan Cherpeski as well as the extraordinary work of our city department heads and staff during this interim period. The City of Alamosa is very fortunate to have such a talented and skilled workforce that is dedicated to the betterment of our community. I especially want to commend Chief Craig Dodd, our interim city manager. He’s doing an amazing job and council appreciates the fine job he is doing.”

Heather Brooks is the Assistant City Manager for the City Cape Girardeau, Missouri, population 38,000, where she has served for 10 years. She is originally from the Lamar area of southeastern Colorado, and has also served the cities of Fort Collins, Greeley, and Superior, Colorado.

During a public reception with the finalists last week she said she and her family would like to return to Colorado, and they were looking for a small to medium-sized community. She and her husband, a school teacher, have two young children.

Brooks is a credentialed manager through International City Management Association’s (ICMA) Credentialed Manager Program. She has experience in human resources management, municipal finance, information technology, project coordination, and economic development. She earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Kansas.

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