Keck has served Englewood during era of change

City manager announces resignation at Sept. 4 city council meeting

Posted 9/6/18

Eric Keck will step down as Englewood's city manager next month after four years of leading the city's administrative side with an eye on efficiency. Keck came to Englewood after a line of positions …

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Keck has served Englewood during era of change

City manager announces resignation at Sept. 4 city council meeting

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Eric Keck will step down as Englewood's city manager next month after four years of leading the city's administrative side with an eye on efficiency.

Keck came to Englewood after a line of positions in the public and private realms. He served as city administrator of Post Falls, Idaho, from 2006-12; he was senior project coordinator for Wadsworth Development Group in Draper, Utah, from 2005-06; and he served as city manager of Draper from 2002-05. Before coming to Englewood, Keck worked as chief operating officer for Ground Force Worldwide, which produces mine-support equipment.

Mayor Linda Olson lauded Keck's performance in a post-recession era. After taking the helm in September 2014, he reorganized the city government's structure for personnel and cost-effectiveness, Olson said in a statement. The city manager is Englewood's top non-elected administrative official, who implements policy decisions made by the council.

“He reduced overhead while enhancing management sophistication and delivery of service,” Olson said, adding that Keck helped the city refinance its debt service, saving more than $1 million on costs for the Englewood Civic Center.

The effort to make the city “a little more agile,” Keck said, is one he has pride for.

“I'm just proud of our employees and the way they've embraced the need for change,” Keck said. He thanked the public for funding a new police facility and school buildings, too.

The recently approved plan to repurpose byproduct gas — referred to as the “biogas” project — from Littleton and Englewood's wastewater-treatment process had Keck's support as well. That plan will reduce pollution and possibly earn the cities millions in profit.

In the end, Keck said his path to and from Englewood was influenced by his family and not by the tumultuous politics the city's residents and council find themselves in today. His family moved here partly to take care of his wife's family, he said. His wife graduated from Heritage High School in Littleton.

The decision to step down as city manager to take a private-sector job in another state was influenced by his family too, but it will be difficult to leave, he said.

“We love Englewood,” Keck said. “We've been very deeply involved here with our neighbors, with the schools, with youth initiatives and youth programs, and we're going to miss all that.”

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