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City Management

The city of Aurora operates under a council/manager form of government, combining the political leadership of elected officials with the managerial expertise of a professionally trained, local government manager appointed to the position. Council members are the city's policy makers, elected by popular vote to be responsive to citizens' needs and wishes. They focus on: 
  • Aurora's short-term goals
  • Major projects and long-term considerations such as capital improvement projects
  • Land use development
  • Capital financing
  • Strategic planning 
As the council members serve at the pleasure of Aurora citizens, so the city manager serves the city as long as city council considers the job well done. The manager can be replaced at any time by a majority vote of city council.

Council Manager Form of Gov Cover
Council-Manager Form of Government FAQs
Duties of the City Manager:
  • Ensures that the policy direction set by the city council is carried out
  • Sees to it that the city's delivery of public services is of high quality and provided in an efficient and cost-effective manner
  • Prepares a recommended budget for the city council
  • Recruits, hires and supervises city of Aurora staff
  • Provides the city council objective information and recommendations regarding the issues and decisions before the city council.

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of Aurora city government?
While we’re all busy running our lives, our City Manager is busy running our city, with a focus on going from good to great. Take a look at the type of work that goes on behind the scenes each day in Aurora.

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Skip Noe
City Manager

George “Skip” Noe
Noe was sworn in as Aurora’s city manager on Dec. 20, 2010. Most recently, Noe was a management consultant in Corpus Christi, Texas, with more than 30 years experience in city management. He served as the city manager and deputy city manager for the city of Corpus Christi between 1999 and 2008 where he managed 3,300 employees and an annual budget of more than $500 million.

He also worked for the Texas cities of San Antonio, College Station and Kingsville as well as Fort Collins, Colo. Noe holds a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated Cum Laude. He is also a Labor Relations Fellow from the Labor-Management Relations Service in Washington, D.C. Throughout his career Noe has worked on many key projects and issues including strategic performance measurement, development and public works projects, information technology and telecommunications, destination development and economic development, public safety, budget challenges and many others.

As city manager, Noe is responsible for overseeing the city’s $626.4 million budget and 2,665 full-time employees, and managing day-to-day city operations under the Aurora City Council’s direction. With the retirement of one deputy city manager and subsequent elimination of that position, Noe also directly supervises the Police and Fire departments as well as the Office of Development Assistance.

Noe Accepting Award

Noe named City Manager of the Year
At the annual Professional Awards program of the Colorado City & County Management Association in 2013, George (Skip) Noe, was recognized with “City Manager of the Year” award, honoring outstanding individuals who make significant contributions to local government in Colorado.
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Executive Staff

Nancy Freed, Deputy City Manager
Oversees the Operations Group, which encompasses Communications, Library & Cultural Services, Parks, Recreation & Open Space, Public Works and Water

Michelle Wolfe, Deputy City Manager
Oversees the Public Safety Group, which encompasses Fire, Information Technology, Internal Services, Police and Public Safety Communications

Jason Batchelor, Deputy City Manager
Oversees the Development Group, which encompasses Finance, Management Support, the Office of Development Assistance, Neighborhood Services and Planning & Development Services

Janice Napper, Assistant City Manager/City Clerk
Aids the City Manager and oversees the City Clerk's Office, Municipal Records, Elections, Internal Audit and Research

Roberto Venegas, Assistant City Manager/Intergovernmental Relations
Aids the City Manager and oversees Intergovernmental Relations and International Programs

City Organizational Chart

Mayor Appointee Organization Chart

City Management Staff

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