Council/Manager Form of Government
Littleton utilizes a "council-manager" form of government. Under this system, the city council hires a professional city manager who is responsible for implementation of the council's policies, as well as the daily administration and management of all operating city departments.
Littleton City Manager
The strength of Littleton's 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.
The City Manager’s Office is responsible for overseeing the activities of all city departments, translating council policy into programs, and preparation of an annual budget. The city manager is the head of the administrative branch of the city government and is appointed by the city council.
Mark Relph accepted the position of city manager in May 2017. Relph was appointed acting city manager in July 2016. He began working as Littleton’s public works director in April 2015.
Relph has more than 25 years’ experience in the public works profession. He worked as public works and utilities director for the cities of Shoreline, Washington, and Grand Junction, Colorado. He earned his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.
“Littleton is such a great community. I really appreciate this opportunity and am very excited to lead this organization,” Relph said. “Collaboration with city council, citizens, businesses and employees is a priority so that we can create a vision and work from a strategic plan that guides Littleton into the future.”