|City Manager's Office
|2255 W. Berry Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120
Michael Penny was appointed Littleton City Manager August 30, 2011. As the chief executive of the community of almost 42,000 residents, Penny is responsible for a $99 million annual budget. Littleton is a full service city totaling 14 square miles with a government comprised of 450 employees. Among the services provided are: police, fire, public works, museum, library and operation of Colorado’s third largest sewer treatment plant.
Penny was previously the city manager for the mountain resort communities of Frisco and Ouray, Colorado.
Penny earned his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver, and his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University Long Beach, graduating cum laude. Penny is a graduate of the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. He was elected by a statewide constituency of local government officials to the Colorado Municipal League Executive Board and served as president in 2009. He was elected by his peers in the local government profession to the Colorado City/County Management Association Board of Directors, serving as president in 2010.
Penny has been recognized throughout his career for his leadership in the areas of economic development, capital projects and infrastructure improvements; parks, trails and open space, innovative service delivery, and marketing and tourism.
The City Manager's Office has the primary responsibility for coordinating the activities of all city departments, translating council policy into action programs, and providing timely public information.
Like most cities in Colorado, Littleton utilizes the council/manager form of government. Under this system, the city council hires a professional city manager who is responsible for implementation of the city council’s policies as well as the daily administration and management of all city departments. The strength of the council/manager form of government lies in the political leadership of the city council combined with the strong managerial expertise of a professional city manager.