Kristin Baumgartner is no stranger to new titles, and beginning this year, the city's former finance director and assistant city manger began to phase in to her new role as Lone Tree's deputy city …
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Kristin Baumgartner is no stranger to new titles, and beginning this year, the city's former finance director and assistant city manger began to phase in to her new role as Lone Tree's deputy city manager. Baumgartner became the city's first finance director in 2013 and is now the city's first deputy city manager.
Baumgartner said her goal is to keep thinking of development in Lone Tree in the big picture, rather than focusing on one part of the city at a time. She also hopes to continue to preserve the culture and feel of the city as it is — though, she acknowledged, the city still has a long way to go.
“We'll joke about it, but in theory we're building a whole new city,” Baumgartner said. “And that's exciting.”
Colorado Community Media spoke with Baumgartner about her promotion and what she looks forward to in her new role.
I grew up in Weld County, kind of a rural community. I came to Denver for college and went to Regis University. I have a degree in finance and accounting and went to work for a CPA firm pretty close to out of college. At the time it was Clifton Gunderson, now it's CliftonLarsonAllen. That's where I first started working with government...
When I was at Clifton, I had the opportunity to start working with the city in 2007. I worked as the outsourced accounting manager when I was at Clifton. Then, in 2013, the city approached me and decided to bring finance in-house, and they asked me to bring the finance department in-house. Since then, I've had four different titles. Again, it hasn't been at all what I expected, but it's been exciting to continue to have opportunities to grow with the city. I have a finance and accounting background, and I'm very humbled the city has continued to see value in me in different areas. I love to learn new things.
I have lived in the south metro area since I graduated from college. I live in Highlands Ranch with my husband and two boys — they are 5 and 8. They go to Douglas County schools and I just love I can be engaged in the community where I live...
Some of my strengths
One of the main roles as finance director is oversight of the budget for the city, which in my opinion is the most important policy document that city council adopts every year because it really sets the tone of what's to come for the city. In that role, being able to look at the whole picture and not just be worrying about what's happening with the finance department or what's happening with the police department but looking at the city as a whole was really helpful. Being a deputy city manager, I think that will translate really well — being a good advocate for… making decisions on a citywide level and we're not just focused on certain areas. I think I can be a good voice and proponent to help the department directors when we have competing priorities to help figure out how we can come to a solution that's best for the city.
What I'm excited about
What I'm really excited about are the opportunities we're going to have in the foreseeable future on the east side of Lone Tree developing and growing. There are so many components that we've talked about and will continue to talk about even before that starts developing making sure the right infrastructure is in place with public works…
What I want to have done
We joke about it, but in theory we're building a whole new city. And that's exciting. We have really good people internally. I'm surrounded by really good leaders and department directors and I'm excited what we can do together. With the great leadership we have from city council, we're in a great political environment. We're in a place where we can actually accomplish things.
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