Via the City of Fort Collins

The City of Fort Collins is in the hiring process for a new Director of Community Services, which includes the Cultural Services, Natural Areas, Park Planning & Development, Parks and Recreation Departments. There are currently four finalists for the role, who will participate in interviews and selection events the week of May 17, including an online forum.

Due to COVID-19 public health considerations, all selection activities will take place virtually.

Watch Public Forum

A public, stakeholder-focused, forum will be held on Monday, May 17 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Join in to meet the finalists and listen as a City moderator asks live questions. Community members will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on each candidate at the end of the forum.

Zoom Meeting Link(External link)

Submit Questions for Candidates

You may submit questions for the candidates to be presented at the online forum using the the “Submit Questions” tab below. All questions should be submitted by noon on Friday, May 14 for consideration.

About the Position

The Community Services Director serves a vital leadership role in the organization and leads a large service area that provides immense value to the community. The Director provides strategic and forward-thinking leadership that is centered in equity to the departments of Cultural Services, Natural Areas, Parks, Park Planning & Development, and Recreation. This position embraces the holistic, interconnected elements of Community Services and effectively contributes to the City’s strong reputation as a destination community. The City enlisted the support of The Novak Consulting Group to lead the search.

La Ciudad de Fort Collins se encuentra en proceso de contratación de un nuevo Director de Servicios Comunitarios, que incluye los Departamentos de Servicios Culturales, Áreas Naturales, Planificación y Desarrollo de Parques y Parques y Recreación. Actualmente hay cuatro finalistas para el puesto, los cuales participarán en entrevistas y eventos de selección, incluido un foro en línea, la semana del 17 de mayo.

¡Usted está invitado!

Únase a nosotros en un foro virtual orientado a las partes interesadas el lunes 17 de mayo a las 6:00 p. m. Conozca a los cuatro finalistas por medio de Zoom y preste atención a las preguntas que un moderador de la Ciudad les hará a los candidatos en vivo. Usted tendrá también la oportunidad de dar su opinión sobre sus impresiones con respecto a cada uno de los candidatos al final del foro. Visite para obtener más información sobre los cuatro finalistas y enviar sus preguntas.

Detalles sobre el Foro de las partes interesadas:

Lunes, 17 de mayo de 2021
6:00 p. m. a 7:30 p. m., por Zoom

Enlace de Zoom para el Foro de las partes interesadas(External link) (los detalles también se publicarán en línea)

Se dispondrá de interpretación en español

Envíe una pregunta para los candidatos
Visite para enviar su sugerencia de preguntas para los candidatos. Envíe sus preguntas antes del viernes 14 de mayo al mediodía para que sean tomadas en consideración. Los moderadores revisarán estas preguntas y podrán formularlas durante las entrevistas individuales o en el foro de candidatos del 17 de mayo.

Meet the Candidates
Since this is a cycling website, it’s worth pointing out that Dean Klingner is a local cyclist. I don’t know if any of the other candidates ride. 

Dean Klingner has served as the Deputy Director, Planning, Development & Transportation for the City of Fort Collins since 2018. Dean spent the early years of his career in private sector engineering consulting. Subsequently, he spent 22 years serving Fort Collins in various other roles such as the Interim Director of Planning, Development, and Transportation, Interim Director of Transport and Parking Services, and Director of Civil Engineering. Dean has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE).

Andy Bass has served as the Director of Community Services for the City of Chandler, Arizona, since 2019. He has over fifteen years of experience in public administration and nine years of experience as a director. Andy started his career in parks and recreation in 2006 with the City of Midland, Texas. Since then, he held director-level roles in parks, recreation, and community services with the Town of Bayfield and the City of Cortez in Colorado, as well as the City of Sugarland, Texas, and Reno, Nevada. Andy received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado and his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah. He is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP).

Megan Crigger has served as the Public Art Strategy Director for Public City, Inc. since 2020. She began her public service career in the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Austin in 1997. She progressed through various roles within the Cultural Arts Division, including Public Art Administrator and Cultural Arts Division Manager. Subsequently, she was hired as the Director of Creative Service for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Megan has a Master of Art in Arts Education, a Bachelor of Fine Art in Art History, and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Seve Ghose has served as the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Programs for the City of Thornton, Colorado, since 2019. For 30 years, he has spent time serving in various local government roles in Iowa, Illinois, Oregon, and Colorado. Prior to joining the City of Thornton, he was the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Louisville, Kentucky and Deputy Superintendent of the Willamalane Park and Recreation District for the City of Springfield, Oregon. Seve has a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership as well as a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Economics. He is a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE).