ERIK L. HANSEN
Operations | Strategic Planning | Budget & Finance | Public Policy | Economic Development
Innovative, strategic and collaborative local government executive. Strong goal orientation with particular achievement in strategic planning, finance, infrastructure, and economic development. Wealth of experience collaborating with community, business and government leaders to solve problems.
20 plus years of broad financial experience. Private sector P&L responsibility of up to $45 million annually coupled with 19 years of experience developing and managing city and county budgets of up to $500 million. Creatively uses resources to align organizational goals with capital improvement plan.
Collaborated with business and community leaders to found the North Area Transportation Alliance (NATA) coalition and Smart Commute Metro North, organizations to promote transit. As founding Chair of these coalitions led efforts that resulted in more than $300 million in investments into infrastructure.
Two-time award recipient from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation for efforts in economic development in 2012 for the launch of Spaceport Colorado and regional collaboration in 2016 for the Denver-Adams Airport agreement.
Elected county commissioner in 2010 in middle of a public ethics crisis. Collaborated with elected officials and staff to reform purchasing procedures, ethics policies, and organizational structure.
Key Skills: Strategic Planning | Community & Economic Development | Operations & Maintenance | Budget & Financial Management | Public Affairs | Human Resources Management including Employee Development, Management & Training | Public Speaking and Presentations | Performance Management | Public Policy | Transit
Local Government Management Experience
City of Tracy, Minnesota March 2020 – present
Chief Administrative Officer for full-service rural community. $14 million FY2022 budget. Services include police, fire, public works, parks and recreation, housing, community and economic development, library, airport, water, sewer, storm sewer, and solid waste.
Modernized the city’s financial infrastructure with a new chart of accounts, financial tracking software, budget policies and controls, and fiscally constrained capital improvement plan while turning $500K budget deficit in FY2020 into a projected $200K surplus in FY2022.
Managed multiple projects including the development of a new city website, a multi-year $21 water, sewer and street project, comprehensive plan, municipal liquor store construction, and COVID planning including use of CARES and ARPA funds.
Enhanced grant writing capacity and secured $111K from the federal EDA and $15K from the Minnesota Historical Society in addition to administering millions of MNDOT, FAA, USDA and PFA grants for public works infrastructure projects.
Todd Creek Village Metropolitan District, Brighton, Colorado August 2018 – May 2019
Consultant & General Manager
Chief Administrative Officer for suburban municipal water district. Full treatment and distribution operation including direct oversight of budget, construction inspections, fleet maintenance, infrastructure and facility maintenance and repairs.
Adams County, Brighton, Colorado January 2011 – January 2019
Chief Elected Official for large suburban Denver-area County of 450,000. $500 million annual budget. Services included public works, parks and open space, planning, community and economic development.
Chaired the 3-year negotiations for an historic development agreement between Denver and Adams County; co-chair of collaborative community effort to pass a successful public vote in both counties.
Launched reform measures in finance and purchasing operations that resulted in a “Sunny” award from the Sunshine Review for government transparency.
City of Thornton, Colorado November 2001 – January 2011
Mayor (2007 – 2011) & Councilmember (2001 – 2007)
Chief Elected Official for suburban Denver-area city of 120,000. $100 million general fund budget. City services included police, fire, community development, planning, parks and recreation, water and solid waste utilities, and public works, and municipal golf course.
Collaborated with the school district on a land sale while consolidating school and public works operations into a joint facility that saved both entities millions in operating cost.
Led collaborative effort through coalition-building to ensure the completion of the Fastracks rail line and expansion of I-25 highway capacity.
Business Management Experience
Vitrasun, Lakewood, Colorado, Director of E-Commerce April 2009 – September 2009
ID Watchdog Inc. Denver, Colorado, Vice President - Marketing February 2007 – September 2008
Subscription Marketing, LLC, Thornton, Colorado, President January 2005 – July 2007
Video Professor Inc., Lakewood, Colorado, Director of Marketing September 2001 – November 2004
Hansen Consulting LLC, Thornton, Colorado, Marketing Consultant January 1999 – September 2001
Amrion Inc., Boulder, Colorado, Marketing Manager February 1996 – December 1998
MBA, University of Denver
BA – Political Science, Truman State University
Certificate in State and Local Government Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Postgraduate Coursework in Public Administration, University of Colorado – Denver