Woodland City Manager Mark Deven has accepted an offer to become the City Manager in Arvada, Colorado. Deven’s last scheduled day in Woodland is September 23. He will begin his new assignment in Arvada on September 26.
Deven has served as Woodland’s City Manager since August 2007. During his tenure Woodland and other local governments across the nation have faced historic fiscal challenges due to the decline of the national, state and regional economy. In order to address the challenges, the City has reduced more than 100 positions over the last four years. In addition, Woodland residents approved a temporary sales tax measure to maintain services such as the Library, Parks and Public Safety.
Despite the challenges, Woodland has advanced several key projects focusing on infrastructure, redevelopment and economic development. The new Woodland Courthouse is on track for a late 2011 groundbreaking, more than $5 million in Redevelopment Agency Bond funds have been allocated to support public and private reinvestment in the Historic Downtown, and residential home construction is making a modest come back with developments underway in two new neighborhoods. The City has replaced deteriorated water, sewer and waste water treatment infrastructure and implemented the first phase of the regional surface water project.
“Mark did an outstanding job as our City Manager", said Mayor Art Pimentel. “He was able to manage our city during a time that required leadership and balance. The City of Woodland is a better place because of Mark Deven.”