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Town Administrator Jacquie Halburnt Announces Her Departure

In a letter written October 11 to Mayor Bill Pinkham and the Board of Trustees, Estes Park Town Administrator Jacquie Halburnt announced that her last day with the Town will be December 31, 2011. Halburnt thanked the board for the opportunity to serve the Town Board, staff and citizens of Estes Park. “I’m committed to being part of the team through the end of the year,” she said. “After that, I look forward to a new challenge and new responsibilities.”

After reading Halburnt’s letter at the October 11 Town Board meeting, Mayor Pinkham expressed appreciation for her years of service to the town. He explained that while Halburnt continues her work, the board will promptly begin to determine how to address the situation following her departure at the end of the year.

Halburnt was first hired as Deputy Town Administrator in February of 2007. She was hired by the Town Board to serve as Town Administrator in January of 2008. The Town Administrator is responsible for the day to day operations of the town, carrying out the policies set by the Town Board. The position oversees more than 150 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, as well as more than 500 volunteers.

During Halburnt’s tenure, she served as an Estes Park Urban Renewal Authority Commissioner and a member of the Platte River Power Authority Board of Directors. Additionally, she was involved in numerous accomplishments for Estes Park including:

• Marys Lake Water Treatment Plant upgrades

• Light and Power circuit and substation upgrades

• Bond Park master plan and the first phases of reconstruction

• Grandstand construction at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park

• Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride construction

• Multipurpose event center design process

• Acquisition of $2.5 million in grants to support Town projects and programs

• Improved free shuttle system

• New budget reporting systems and an annual budget process

• Establishment of Town departmental assessments

• Increased operation efficiency and departmental restructuring

• Increased staff development and managerial leadership training

• Creation of a Town volunteer manual

• Development of the Town’s internal emergency management team and staff trainings

• Purchase of the air curtain burner for community use in mountain pine beetle mitigation

• Implementation of a new sign code

• Implementation of the 2009 International Building Codes

• Establishment of the Capital Asset Management Plan

• Establishment of a conservation easement at the Stanley Historic District

• Addition of the Public Information Officer position

• Establishment of a new Town website, currently under construction

• The Town’s first citizen survey since the 1990s

• Increased transparency in meeting posting and meeting video availability

• Establishment of the annual “Triangle Meeting” of the Estes Park Board of Trustees, the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners, and the Estes Valley Planning Commission

• Creation of the Local Marketing District

• Creation of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District

For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Information Office at 970-577- 3701 or visit

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