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Following successful careers in both the private and public sectors, Larimer County Manager Linda Hoffmann has announced her intent to retire. Her final day at Larimer County will be April 6, 2022.

Hoffmann has served as county manager since May 2012. She began work at Larimer County in 2008, serving as the rural land use director for one and a half years before being promoted to planning director.

“Becoming the county manager is a little bit like having your first child – you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into until it happens, and then despite the challenges, you find you love it more than you could have ever imagined. Ten days after my appointment as county manager, Larimer County was hit by High Park Fire, the largest disaster we’d experienced since the Big Thompson Flood of 1976. It was all hands on deck as we rallied to respond and recover. Now, nearly ten years later, I look back at the county’s accomplishments and marvel,” said Hoffmann.

During her tenure as manager, Larimer County was consistently responding to or in recovery from subsequent large-scale natural disasters, including the High Park Fire, the 2013 floods, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Cameron Peak Fire.

 

Hoffmann spearheaded two successful, five-year strategic plans despite the fiscal impact of responding to multiple “100-year” events in a single decade.  The completion of these strategic plan goals resulted in constructing well over $100 million in facilities without raising taxes, establishing Emergency Management and Economic Development departments --- both playing vital roles in the COVID-19 community response --- cultivating partnerships that resulted in I-25 expansion occurring decades earlier than planned, advancing community plans for solid waste to significantly grow diversion rates from landfilling, and creating community strategies and resources to address behavioral health needs.

Hoffmann added, “None of that could have happened without the dedicated elected officials and staff at the county, nor without the genuine collaboration and solution-orientation of so many community partners from other local governments, non-profit partners, the business community, and a host of volunteers. I’m lucky to be retiring, but the work to advance our community has been done by many others, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of it.”

Hoffmann preceded her time with Larimer County with a successful career in the private sector as a principal in a regional civil engineering, planning, and surveying company, Nolte Associates, Inc. While there she served as the Managing Director for the Fort Collins office, and Service Director for the company’s sustainable design initiative, which spanned the company’s fourteen offices in the western United States and Mexico.

Hoffmann also served on local community-based boards, including the United Way of Larimer County Board, and the Community Corrections and Criminal Justice Advisory Boards. Additionally, she served four years as President of the Association of Colorado County Administrators and Managers, and was a guest lecturer and speaker at many professional, community and university events.

“Linda is an outstanding County Manager who has tirelessly served Larimer County through some very difficult times. Her willingness to reach out, collaborate, and partner with organizations and all levels of government has made Northern Colorado a great place to live. The Board of County Commissioners is thankful for her many years of dedicated service to the county, and we wish her well in her retirement,” said the Chair of the Board of Larimer County Commissioners Kristin Stephens. 

The Board of County Commissioners will hire Hoffmann’s replacement.  The Board plans to name an interim manager to lead the organization while undertaking an extensive hiring process.

Published on: 
Monday, February 7, 2022 - 1:01pm
Contact Details:

Michelle Bird, Public Affairs Director, 970-498-7015, mbird@larimer.org

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