Littleton City Manager Mark Relph to step down

He oversaw efforts to overhaul development and planning process

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Littleton City Manager Mark Relph announced Wednesday that he plans to retire from his position on June 1, 2022. Relph has served in the role since May 2017.

“My wife and I believe the time is right and we are looking forward to retiring on the Western Slope,” Relph said in a statement.

“I’ve had a rewarding career but my work with the City of Littleton has been the most gratifying. We have accomplished a lot and I couldn’t have done anything without my talented staff and our supportive city council."

As city manager, Relph was charged with implementing the city council's agenda as well as advising council on budgeting and long term goals. 

During his tenure, Relph oversaw implementation of several major council decisions that sought to overhaul the city's development and planning process, such as the adoption of the Envision Littleton plan in 2018, the Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Master Plan in 2019 and the Unified Land Use Code this year. 

Relph also took a leading role in securing passage of Ballot Issue 3A in the November election which raised the city's sales tax by 0.75%.

The initiative was seen as a crucial win for city staff who had sounded the alarm on Littleton's rapidly depleting Capital Projects Fund, which pays for vital infrastructure projects and which was projected to hit $0 by 2025 had the sales tax not been raised. 

The city said it is prepared to retain an executive search firm to recruit its next manager and council plans to meet for a Dec. 14 executive session to discuss a recruitment strategy and timeline over the next six to nine months.

"We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and June, but I believe that after our city council retreat in February, we’ll come out with a set of goals that we can hand off to the next city manager to accomplish,” Relph said.

mark relph, city of littleton

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