Hiring of new utilities director announced

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON – City Manager Manuel Esquibel introduced city council to Brighton’s new utilities director during its July 15 meeting.

Curtis Bauers, who has worked as the water systems manager with South Adams County Water and Sanitation District for 11 years, is expected to begin work with the city in mid-August. 

“During his tenure with South Adams, he has served as a director of Burlington Wellington Ditch Company board and has extensive knowledge o negotiating water supply contracts with other utilities and is very familiar with the Metro Wastewater Northern Treatment Plant that we will also be involved in in the future,” Esquibel said. 

Bauers said he is excited about the opportunity and is anxious to get going. 

“I’m excited about the issues Brighton’s facing. Working as a neighboring water provider I was a little aware of some of the concerns you’ve got ad just an opportunity for greater involvment and more responsibility,” he said.

Bauers said he’s particularly interested in the city’s aging reverse osmosis water treatment plant and the direction of its requirements as the city moves forward. He’s also looking forward to solving problems and facing issues head on with a quality team of experienced utility workers behind him.

“My vision and leadership for all three of the enterprises is something that will benefit the city of Brighton and the opportunity for additional development and growth,” he said.

Bauers has a geological engineering degree from the University of Minnesota with a water resources emphasis and has a minor in management.

Bauers described himself as a farm kid from Minnesota. Bauers has lived in Colorado for the past 15 years. He is married to his wife, Catherine, and they have three children —  Bonnie, 22, Emilie, 18, and Elsie, 2 – and another on the way. 

Esquibel also thanked Police Chief Clint Blackhurst, who has been performing two duties since March.

“Who would have thought, for one moment that the police chief would have so much interest and knowledge in utilities, but we’re very fortunate here and I want to personally... thank him for his hard work and efforts,” he said.