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Posted on: October 23, 2018

City Manager Rodriguez announces leadership appointments


City of Brighton City Manager Philip Rodriguez is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Woodruff to Director of Infrastructure and Ryan Johnson to Director of Urban & Public Policy. These expanded roles for both directors help the city streamline services and increase efficiencies throughout the organization.


“Michael and Ryan have displayed high character and exceptional work within their duties and these expanded roles will help better align our organizational plan and increase support needed in certain areas throughout the city,” City Manager Philip Rodriguez said. 


Woodruff joined the City of Brighton in May 2017 as Assistant Director of Public Works. He was appointed Director of Public Works in July and took on the role of Acting Utilities Director earlier this month. Since joining the organization, Woodruff has taken on the city’s recycling program, a comprehensive fleet vehicle replacement program and conducted a day long public works boot camp program. Woodruff has extensive experience from the front lines on up to management positions in both the public and private sector, garnering a very strong reputation in managing solid waste and recycling operations, construction inspections, snow and ice operations and more.  


Prior to coming to Brighton, Woodruff served as Public Works Director for the Town of Lochbuie. Additionally, he served as a Public Sector Services Representative for Waste Management of Colorado, Public Works Director for the Town of Milliken, Public Works Operations Manager for the City of Longmont, and Environmental Services Manager/Chief Construction Inspector for the City of Thornton. 


Johnson joined the City of Brighton in May 2016 as assistant director of the Brighton Urban Renewal Authority (BURA). He was appointed the Executive Director of BURA in April 2017. In this role, he oversees a variety of organizational processes that allow BURA to work in cooperation with Community Development, Economic Development, Urban Renewal, Housing Authority and downtown partnership to facilitate quality development and redevelopment projects.


During his time with the city, Johnson has assisted with downtown development, provided coordination with existing downtown organizations and staff members for cohesive services for downtown, and acts as the BURA and downtown liaison to developers, community members, and various governmental entities.


Before coming to Brighton, Johnson served in various capacities with the City of Westminster, City of Commerce City and City of Thornton. 

Please join City Manager Rodriguez in congratulating Woodruff and Johnson on their new roles.



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