Aden Hogan, as interim town administrator of Elizabeth, oversees the day-to-day town operations and services while working to carry out the policies passed by town board of commissioners. Hogan began …
Aden Hogan, as interim town administrator of Elizabeth, oversees the day-to-day town operations and services while working to carry out the policies passed by town board of commissioners.
Hogan began his career in engineering before going to work in the city engineer’s department in Dodge City, Kansas. During his career of public service he served as assistant city manager in Oklahoma City and was part of the executive team as the city dealt with the bombing of the Murrah building in 1995. He later became town administrator of Parker and city manager of Evans. He retired in 2016, but he came out of retirement in February 2017 and accepted the post of interim town administrator for Elizabeth.
He took time out of his busy schedule for a question-and-answer session about coming to Elizabeth and about what happened in the community in 2017.
What brought you to Elizabeth?
I retired from community service in 2016 when I left the city manager’s post in Evans. Then Sam Mamet of the Colorado Municipal League called me and asked me to come out of retirement to serve as interim town administrator here in Elizabeth. I thought it over and took the position.
What did you do when you arrived?
When I accepted the position I met with the town board of commissioners and asked what they wanted me to do. I told them I could just keep the wheels on until they hire a new town administrator or I can take a look at the operation and make recommendations for improvements.
What did the board ask you to do?
The board was concerned the budget was too complicated and a number of policies needed to be updated or changed. They said they felt growth was coming to Elizabeth and town policies like those governing land development policies needed to be reviewed and, if necessary, upgraded in order to deal with the growth.
What were some of the policy changes?
One of the first steps was the fact a development is up for approval and we found there was no grading permit form requirement, which is a very important policy when working with developers. So the community development director and I put together one as we used examples from other statutory communities. Now I am in the process of developing a personnel policies manual for board approval and we are developing a general operations manual detailing how we implement our policies. I also had a lot of experience in Parker working with policies for development and I am working closely with the staff to establish policies and procedures the town can use to work with development in ways that benefit the community.
What was 2017 for Elizabeth?
I would say 2017 had been a year of preparation to be ready to properly respond to development when it comes. We worked to make sure we adopt the uniform sign and traffic codes that create the foundation to efficiently meet current needs and future development proposals.
What about planning for the future?
A: This board is extremely interested in talking a long-range view of the future, so we have begun strategic planning and strategic visioning about what they see as the needs of the community in 10 years, 20 years and even 50 years from now. The board wants to focus in on dozen or so strategic vision priorities that staff can take, filter through and work on what needs to be done to make the visions a reality.
What are major 2017 landmark in the community?
Our trail project that is underway is a community landmark. The walking and biking trail will circle Elizabeth, which we feel is key in creating that community sense and feel. When new development comes in they will be required to tie into the trail. The idea is to help reinforce the fact that Elizabeth is a good place to live. Another project is working with the state on realignment of County Road 13 that leads to the high school. There are two lights very close togetherm which isn’t goodm and the realignment of County Road 13 will make traffic management safer and more efficient.
How long will you remain in Elizabeth?
One of my first tasks was to help the town search for a new town administrator. We conducted a search, narrowed candidates to five. The top two candidates had to withdraw their applications and the board decided to redo the search and plans are to begin that search in early 2018.