Adams County manager resigns

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Brighton’s Raymond Gonzales named interim county manager

Todd Leopold, the Adams County manager, resigned on Tuesday, April 11.

His last day is expected to be Friday, April 28. 

Leopold was hired in 2012 as a deputy county administrator. He was promoted to the county manager job in 2013. He has not said what his plans are going forward.

Deputy County Manager Raymond Gonzales has been named as interim county manager. County officials have not yet announced a timetable for recruiting and hiring a new county manager.

Gonzales grew up in Brighton and served as the city’s assistant city manager where he oversaw the Redevelopment, Economic Development and Community Resources office (REDCo). Gonzales also served as director of the Brighton Economic Development Corp.

“Under Todd’s leadership, the county improved service delivery to residents while identifying operational efficiencies within the organization,” said Commissioner Eva Henry. “We are grateful for the dedication and passion that Todd brought to the county and wish him well going forward.”

Last summer, Leopold was placed on a two-week leave. The leave happened shortly after a tax error that cost the county $1.8 million, although officials haven’t said the two were related, according to published reports.

Officials declined to discuss the details of Leopold’s resignation. Leopold is a contract employee, and such contracts typically include separation agreements, according to government officials. Nothing regarding Leopold’s employment is expected to be finalized until his last day, according to officials.  

Prior to joining Adams County, Leopold worked for 12 years in Jefferson County serving as the director of budget and director of administrative services.