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Boulder chooses Rivera-Vandermyde

Thursday, March 18, 2021 by Jo Clifton

After what was described as an extensive search and evaluation of candidates, the hiring committee for the Boulder, Colorado, City Council recommended Austin’s deputy city manager, Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, as Boulder’s next city manager. The Boulder Council met Tuesday night and officially selected Rivera-Vandermyde. She will be the first Latina and the second woman to take over the leadership job in Boulder. According to the city’s website, her new salary in Colorado will be $290,000 a year and she is expected to start May 10. She has been Austin’s deputy city manager since August 2019. Prior to coming to Austin, she served as deputy city coordinator and city coordinator in Minneapolis, where she worked with City Manager Spencer Cronk before he moved to Austin. Praising Rivera-Vandermyde in a memo to department directors, Cronk said during her time in Austin, she worked on several key initiatives involving homelessness, public safety, equity, civil rights and resilience. Cronk said he would name an interim deputy city manager before Rivera-Vandermyde’s last day in Austin on May 8. Council Member Leslie Pool offered this comment: “I am simultaneously proud and completely undone to be saying good-bye to Nuria so soon. Leaving Austin for the Boulder city manager job is an incredible opportunity – what a great place to live and work! Nuria made her mark on Austin in short order, helming an array of the city’s big-ticket issues, always with a dedication to mission and endless empathy for the people our work touches. We all will deeply miss her steady hand, her honesty and good humor … and the Boulder community will surely be enriched by her sure leadership.”

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