City of Thornton News Release Logo For Immediate Release:   1/11/2017
Contact: Communications Director
Todd Barnes, 303-538-7279

City Manager Jack Ethredge Announces Retirement

THORNTON, CO… Thornton City Manager and Utility Director Jack Ethredge notified Thornton City Council on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 of his intention to retire effective March 20, 2017.

Mr. Ethredge has been the Thornton City Manager and Utility Director since October 22, 1984. During his 32-year tenure, Thornton has grown to become the sixth largest community in Colorado.

"I have had the privilege for the last 32 years to work in this wonderful community with dedicated elected officials; outstanding professional public administrators; and a talented and dedicated city employee workforce. The evolution of the city over these years has truly been transformative for the community and the city organization,” said Ethredge in his resignation letter to Thornton City Council. “Jean and I are living proof that Thornton is a great place to live, work and raise a family. I came to Thornton for a job and found a home.”

“There is no doubt that much of the success Thornton has experienced in the last 32 years is directly attributable to the efforts and leadership of Jack Ethredge,” says Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams. “He came to this community at a critical time when it needed stability and solid direction. Jack provided that for the residents and businesses within Thornton. He has worked with many city councils since being hired and has found a way to effectively bring these people together to provide for the present and the future for this great community. On behalf of the city council, I want to wish Jack and his wife Jean the very best.”.

“I love this community, the people and those that work tirelessly to provide the necessary services for the people of the community. No community, including this one, is perfect but the spirit of this community and the many and ongoing efforts, be it through public, non-profit, faith-based, or private sector, to enhance our community have been and are remarkable. It is especially remarkable and somewhat unusual to have had the opportunity to see and appreciate all these efforts over these years by those engaged in the development of this community,” says Ethredge in his letter to the city council.

Thornton City Council is tasked with hiring all city managers and will begin the process of selecting a new city manager within the next few weeks.