City of Thornton News Release Logo For Immediate Release:   3/1/2017
Contact: Communications Director
Todd Barnes, 303-538-7279

Thornton Names Acting City Manager
Jeff Coder named Acting CM as City Manager Jack Ethredge retires

THORNTON, CO… Thornton City Council voted unanimously to appoint Jeff Coder as Thornton’s Acting City Manager effective March 21, 2017. Coder is currently Deputy City Manager of City Development, and will assume the responsibility after the retirement of current City Manager Jack Ethredge on March 20. Ethredge is retiring after 32 years as Thornton’s City Manager.

Coder has been with the city of Thornton since 1996. He started in Thornton as the Community Development Director and was promoted to Deputy City Manager for City Development in 2000. Jeff currently oversees Planning, Building Inspection, Code Compliance, GIS, Neighborhood Services, Regional Transportation and Development Engineering operations.

“We are certainly fortunate to have someone on our staff with Jeff’s qualifications and experience. City Council is very confident in his ability to step in and lead the city while the search for a city manager proceeds,” says Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams.

“I look forward to continuing the tradition of service to our community which certainly makes Thornton such a great place to live and work. I’m appreciative of the confidence city council has shown in me,” says Coder.

Before joining the Thornton workforce, Coder was the Director of Community Development for the Village of Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He attended Iowa State University where he earned a Master of Community and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. Coder currently resides in Adams County with his wife, Teresa.
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Acting City Manager