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Posted on: November 18, 2020

City Manager Bais DiSessa announces leadership appointments

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City of Brighton City Manager Jane Bais DiSessa is pleased to announce several new key appointments to her executive leadership team - Marv Falconburg as Deputy City Manager, Karen Borkowski Surine as Assistant City Manager of Internal Services & Innovation and Michael Martinez as Assistant City Manager of Economic and Community Engagement. In addition, Patrick Giron has been appointed Director/President & CEO of the Brighton Economic Development Corporation. 

“The team I have appointed to these key leadership roles have each played a vital role in the success of the City of Brighton over the years,” City Manager Bais DiSessa said. “Additionally, they bring a wealth of experience and vast institutional knowledge to the executive leadership team and will be instrumental to carrying out City Council’s vision and goals for our community.”


Deputy City Manager Marv Falconburg

In his 27 years with the city, Falconburg has served a variety of roles. In November 1994, he began his career with the City of Brighton as an Associate City Planner and served in that role for several years before being promoted to City Planner in January 1996. Four years later, Falconburg served as the Interim Community Development Director for just shy of a year before being named Community Development Director in December 2000. Falconburg was then appointed Assistant City Manager in 2012. He most recently served as Acting City Manager from July 2019- September 2020. 

Project highlights of Falconburg’s career with the city include developments in Bromley Park, Prairie Center, Adams County Government Complex and Vestas Blades America campus.  The city has more than doubled in population in his tenure.

Before coming to the city, Falconburg worked for almost a decade in private sector planning and architectural firms after graduating from the University of Colorado.  He is AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certified and a member of AIA (American Institute of Architects), APA (American Planning Association), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU).

In his role as Deputy City Manager, Falconburg will oversee Community Development, Parks & Recreation and Public Works. 


Assistant City Manager for Internal Services & Innovation Karen Borkowski Surine

Surine came to the City of Brighton in September 1999 as City Clerk.  One of the first tasks assigned to her was to oversee elections for Home Rule and serve as the staff liaison for all the Home Rule Committee.  

In December 2002, Surine was appointed Human Resources Director/City Clerk.  Surine served in both roles until 2006.  In 2015, Surine’s title was changed to Director of Administrative Services with the addition of the Brighton Municipal Court to her team.  

During her tenure, Surine has been involved in a wide range of activities designed for employee success and engagement, including recruiting and hiring amazing staff members, continuously working with Human Resources staff and brokers to find the best benefits/wellness resources for reasonable costs, implementing pertinent training opportunities, and addressing critical issues as they arise. 

Surine has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in organizational development from Colorado State University with a 4.0 GPA. 

In her new role as Assistant City Manager of Internal Services & Innovation, Surine will oversee General Services (Human Resources, Facilities, City Clerk, and Municipal Court) and Information Technology. 


Assistant City Manager for Economic and Community Engagement Michael Martinez 

Martinez came to the City of Brighton in March 2015 as Economic Development Specialist for the Brighton Economic Development Corporation and was promoted to Assistant Economic Development Director in September 2015.  In March 2016, he became the Economic Development Director. He has more than 13 years of economic development experience, working in a variety of roles in workforce development, business retention, expansion, attraction, and key strategic projects previously with Denver’s Office of Economic Development. A native of Adams County, Michael earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Colorado-Denver and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado - Denver. 

Michael has worked extensively with the healthcare, bioscience and technology clusters amongst others and has vast industry knowledge and experience in creating sound, beneficial partnerships. Michael also serves as the Past President of the Colorado Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (CAHREP) and currently sits on their board of directors.

In his new role as Assistant City Manager for Economic and Community Engagement, Martinez will oversee Economic Development and Communications & Engagement. 


Director/President & CEO Patrick Giron

A proud Colorado native, Patrick joined the Brighton Economic Development Corporation in July 2016 as Assistant Director.  In this role, he led business retention and expansion efforts for the Brighton EDC which included entrepreneurship and innovation program development.  Patrick came to the Brighton EDC after spending 13 years with the city of Denver at the Denver Office of Economic Development, where he led a team of business development representatives in business retention and expansion activities for Denver and implemented many components of Denver’s annual economic development strategic plan. He also worked as a Business Analyst and Business Specialist in workforce development while in Denver.

Prior to working in Denver, Giron was a manager in the telecommunications industry for several years with MCI Worldcom, TCI, and Rhythms NetConnections leading national deployment teams and handling high-profile escalations for large business customers, among other duties. Giron also previously worked as a Congressional Aide for the U.S. Representative Pat Schroeder in Colorado’s 1st Congressional District. Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Metropolitan State University of Denver.


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