After 18 months, Highlands Ranch Metro District’s general manager is moving on to a new role in Georgia and the district will begin the search to fill the role this June.
General Manager Mike Renshaw said his last day will be July 8, as he moves across country to take on a county manager role in White County, Georgia. Renshaw, who started serving as general manager in January, said he appreciated the challenge of serving a special district, but missed some of the aspects of full-service government.
“When this professional opportunity came up, it was just something that I couldn’t pass up,” Renshaw said. “I came to realize that I was missing some of the more traditional roles that a county or city manager does, like economic development and land use and zoning.”
Prior to his time in Colorado, Renshaw lived and worked in the same region of Georgia he’s returning to .
Coming to Highlands Ranch, Renshaw said he was drawn by the beauty of the state and the chance to work in a special district, which he had not done before. Deciding to leave was difficult because of how fulfilling his work with the metro district has been, he added.
“Managing here in Highlands Ranch has been a really special opportunity and I was really honored and privileged to have been asked to step in and serve as general manager,” he said. “I was so impressed with the level of community engagement here in Highlands Ranch and I’d encourage the residents to continue that.”
During his tenure as general manager, Renshaw said he was proud of having worked with metro district staff to move along the senior center project and, especially, helping to update the district's technological capabilities, such as implementing an online agenda system for the board, a web-based complaint system for homeowners and performance measurements.
“I think I’ve checked the boxes and fulfilled the request by the board when they hired me to introduce new technologies and new processes,” he said.
Board Chair Mark Dickerson said Renshaw has been a great asset to the metro district and was sorry to see him go.
“In the short period of time that he’s been here, he has had a tremendous impact in what I’ll call the digital transformation of the district,” Dickerson said, adding Renshaw was also crucial to moving forward the senior center project. “It’s a great loss.”
Moving forward, the board has scheduled a special meeting on June 14 to interview hiring firms to start the process of filling the general manager role. Dickerson said the board is looking to fill the role ASAP, but noted a similar timeline for the process of hiring Renshaw, with candidate interviews in the fall and the new manager hopefully starting early 2023, is likely.
In the meantime, metro district’s Director of Finance and Administration Stephanie Stanley will serve as interim general manager.
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