Golden announces next city manager

Scott Vargo to start Sept. 12

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/13/22

Golden has named Summit County Manager Scott Vargo as its next city manager. He is set to start Sept. 12.

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Golden announces next city manager

Scott Vargo to start Sept. 12

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Golden has named Summit County Manager Scott Vargo as its next city manager.

Vargo is set to start Sept. 12, after Golden City Council approved the hire at its July 12 meeting.

Vargo, who was among four finalists for the job, has worked for Summit County in various capacities since 1999. He’s been county manager for six years, overseeing about 500 employees across dozens of departments.

Vargo will succeed Jason Slowinski, who left the city after seven years to join Colorado School of Mines. As Golden’s chief executive, Vargo will report directly to City Council and will oversee city staff, operations, programs and services.

During a June 27 public meet-and-greet with the city manager finalists, Vargo explained how he and his wife are now looking to move closer to the Denver metro area, after raising their two children in Summit County.

He was drawn to Golden because it has much in common with Summit County: a myriad of outdoor recreation opportunities and accompanying tourism base, engaged residents, a supportive business community, an emphasis on historical preservation, and a thriving arts and music culture.

On July 12, shortly after council approved Vargo’s hire, he told the Transcript he was looking forward to a new challenge as Golden’s city manager.

Among the issues he’s “excited to dig into,” Vargo listed workforce housing and addressing high tourism volumes around Clear Creek, downtown and local trails. He believes his extensive experience with these issues in Summit County will translate well to Golden.

Overall, Vargo enjoyed meeting community members, city staff and elected officials during the interview process, saying, “I really enjoyed the culture of the city.”

At the July 12 meeting, the councilors thanked everyone who took part in the process, especially those who provided feedback on the four finalists. Mayor Laura Weinberg said City Council received more staff members submitted feedback than community members did.

Councilors Don Cameron and Rob Reed both said choosing which finalist to hire was difficult, because they were all very qualified. Reed commented, “I wish we could have all four finalists as our city manager.”

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