Fred Jarman named deputy county manager
Garfield County has appointed Frederic Jarman, the current community development director, to the position of deputy county manager, effective on the first of April, the county announced late Friday afternoon.
Jarman has a 14-year career with the county in land use and planning and a 16-year career in planning and has led a number of public policy initiatives at the federal level for the county.
He has spent his entire career in public service, with a decade at the helm of the Community Development Department (previously Garfield County Building and Planning Department), four years as a Garfield County senior planner and assistant planning director, and two years as a planner for the city of Aspen.
With the Natural Resources Office of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia, Jarman assisted in compiling and analyzing timber harvest data and in monitoring a waterfowl nesting program. He reviewed construction plans for erosion and sediment control specifications and storm water management measures for construction projects on the naval base. And, he assisted with wetland delineation projects, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
With the U.S. Peace Corps, Jarman served an 18-month tour in the Republic of Chad in West Africa as a potable water pump specialist and consultant to United Nations Children’s Fund, introducing sustainable water pump technologies, and training and managing local drilling teams to become independent well drilling contractors.
Prior to Chad, he also served a two-year tour in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in West Africa, designing and field testing locally sustainable water pumps, coordinating a federal grant for a school serving local communities, and providing training regarding windbreak technologies using indigenous tree species to counter desertification.
He holds a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon in Eugene, is in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University, and holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia.
“Fred will be a great deputy county manager,” Garfield County Manager Kevin Batchelder said in a news release. “Fred brings great energy, initiative and a track record of success to his new role.”
Batchelder was the deputy county manager until being named county manager in December.
Jarman will oversee the management and supervision of the operations departments, public works and community development services. He will assist with furthering the professional development of the management team, improving the management of the capital budget and capital project processes, and will continue in his leadership role on federal and public lands issues.
“I am certainly honored by the offer and excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with a highly talented and motivated management team, county manager and Board of County Commissioners who are all focused on meeting and exceeding the goals set by the county for the benefit or our citizens,” Jarman said. “I have a deep understanding of the county and its mission, and enjoy a positive working relationship with my colleagues, elected officials and leaders in the community, and look forward to building on that.”
The county received more than 40 applications for the position.
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