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Jim Becklenberg Selected as Littleton City Manager

Image of Jim BecklenbergThe Littleton City Council selected Jim Becklenberg as Littleton's new city manager. He will begin working July 6, pending council approval of his employment contract. 

Becklenberg is the City Manager of Evans, Colorado, a city of 22,000 people near Greeley. He brings 25 years of experience in governmental finance and management. 

In his five-year tenure with the City of Evans, his accomplishments include leading efforts to pass a ballot measure implementing a new sales tax for road maintenance and widening that tripled the maintenance budget, completing construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and planning for future expansion, collaborating with regional leaders in water resources strategic planning, and reallocating the budget to achieve service level increases without layoffs or decreases in other services. 

Becklenberg is credentialed by the International City and County Managers Association. He earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington. 

"Littleton is known far and wide as a great city with lots of history. It is a great time to be there with all the work that has been done in recent years to craft a new master plan and the community's support for new sales tax revenue that will go a long way toward catching up on deferred maintenance and other capital needs," Becklenberg said. "I am eager to start working with Littleton's forward-looking city council and talented staff to facilitate decisions and strategies that both preserve what the community cherishes and meet the challenges and opportunities of the future." 

Utilizing the resources of CPS HR Consulting, the city council and consultants considered 77 applicants for the vacancy created by City Manager Mark Relph's retirement, effective June 1, 2022. 

Becklenberg was selected through a comprehensive process that included interviews with a community panel, the city's leadership team, subject matter experts, and city council. 

"We are extremely excited for Jim to join the City of Littleton. He brings a breadth of experience on similar issues and opportunities that will be an asset for the entire Littleton community," said Mayor Kyle Schlachter. "We had many excellent applicants and I'm proud of the unbelievable agreement that all stakeholders in this process reached clearly identifying Jim as the best and most obvious choice as Littleton's next city manager." 

Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens will serve as interim city manager for the duration between Relph's departure and Becklenberg's start date. 

Applicants hailed from across the United States. Littleton is considered a very desirable place to live and work thanks to a collaborative city council who established clear goals and a work plan, and a dedicated staff and citizenry who are committed to Littleton's continued success. 

Littleton Police in Compliance with President Biden's New Executive Order

On Wednesday, May 25, President Biden signed an executive order on "Advancing Effective Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety." The executive order is aimed at reforming federal police practices to enhance public trust by promoting accountability, transparency, and the principles of equality and dignity in policing.  

Some key points from the executive order include: 

  • Requiring federal law enforcement to review and revise policies on the use of force. 
  • Encourage tightened restrictions on chokeholds and no-knock warrants at the state and local levels. 
  • Establish new hiring and data collection guidelines. 
  • Restrict transfer of most military equipment to police departments.  

While the order strives to bring awareness to the importance of professional service delivery within the federal law enforcement domain, the issues and concepts in the executive order are already components of the Littleton Police Department's (LPD) policies and procedures and are consistent with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accreditation model.  

In March, the LPD was awarded its sixth accreditation from CALEA, demonstrating LPD's commitment to professional excellence in policy and practice. Accreditation from CALEA requires the department meet 366 professional standards based on national best practices. The reaccreditation process takes place every four years and requires an extensive review including a week-long audit by outside assessors. The agency must demonstrate continual compliance during the full four-year award cycle.  

Of approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, less than five percent are accredited. LPD is one of only 18 Colorado law enforcement agencies to achieve full accreditation. CALEA was created in 1979 through the joint effort of law enforcement's executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). 

Mayor Invites Residents to "Get Your Rear In Gear" 

Smiling male running arms raised + promo text image reads Do you have your race shoes ready?Littleton Mayor Kyle Schlachter invites residents to join him at Get Your Rear in Gear, a 5K run/walk at Chatfield State Park to help finance early screenings and support patients undergoing treatment for colorectal cancer. 

The event will be held Sunday, June 5.  

Colorectal cancer by the numbers: 

  • 1 in 21 Colorado men and 1 in 25 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetimes (Colorado Cancer Coalition). 
  • By 2030, colorectal cancer is estimated to be the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in adults 20 to 49. 
  • Colon cancer is survivable more than 90% of the time when detected early. 

Click here for more information about Get Your Rear in Gear. 

Littleton Museum Welcomes Baby Lambs 

Cute baby lamb strikes a pose as mama lamb eats hayThe Littleton Museum welcomed seven lambs born to its flock of Churro-Merino sheep in recent days, with more expected in coming days.  

The Littleton Museum features two living history farms, portraying life in Littleton in the 1860s and 1890s.  

Click here for more information about the museum. 

First Meet Greet & Eat to be Held June 15

3 kids outside gaze upon unopened boxes of pizza at Meet Greet & Eat eventThis summer's first Meet Greet & Eat event is almost here! 

Meet Greet & Eat provides free pizza and ice cream (while it lasts), as well as activities for children like bounce houses and interactive nature displays from South Suburban Parks and Recreation.  

Events also offer residents an opportunity to have conversations with city council members and city staff about community issues.  

Three Meet Greet & Eat events will be held this summer:  

  • Ketring Park, 6000 South Gallup Street, Wednesday, June 15, 4 to 6 p.m.  
  • TrailMark Park, 8853 West TrailMark Parkway, Wednesday, July 13, 4 to 6 p.m.  
  • Berry Park, 3400 West Berry Avenue, Wednesday, August 24, 4 to 6 p.m. 
Littleton is Hiring
This week's featured jobs:

Adult Services Supervisor The City of Littleton is looking for an Adult Services Supervisor for Bemis Public Library. The Adult Services Supervisor exemplifies excellent customer service. This role is responsible for the overall supervision and coordination of all adult, senior, and technology services; collections, outreach, and programs. This role will be instrumental in the implementation of the bookmobile for 2023. 

Seasonal Worker (Traffic) The City of Littleton is seeking energetic individuals who enjoy working outdoors to join the traffic crew as a seasonal traffic worker for Summer 2022. This position will work with the traffic crew assisting with both signs and road marking maintenance. 

Legal Assistant - Littleton Immigrant Resources Center - Bilingual The City of Littleton is seeking a Legal Assistant for the Littleton Immigrant Resources Center (LIRC) at Bemis Public Library. The Legal Assistant will assist and represent customers on immigration legal matters before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), prepare legal documents and applications, process correspondence, respond to requests for evidence and notices of continuance, and provide immigration legal support at the direction of the LIRC Supervisor. This position will also manage and maintain the LIRC file management system, including organizing new cases, pending cases, and closed cases; as well as perform a variety of general administrative functions. 

Visit the City of Littleton careers page to view all current job openings.
Happening at Bemis Library
Exterior of library from front

Happy Birthday to The Studio@Bemis Celebrate the first birthday of Bemis Library's Makerspace. Makers of all ages are invited to try out activities including robotics, sewing machines, and audio/visual equipment. 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 4. 

Dial-A-Story Call 303-795-3960 anytime to hear a picture book read by one of the Bemis children's librarians. Stories change weekly. 

Ahoy Mateys! Kick off a summer of possibilities with funnyman Bryce Jackman and his zany, interactive pirate show. 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 7

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