Council selects City Manager finalists; will host an online forum on March 7

The City of Fort Collins has narrowed its search for a new City Manager to six finalists who will participate in interviews and selection events with City Council, City staff and community stakeholders throughout the month of March, including an online community forum on March 7.

The finalists are:

  • Kelly DiMartino, current Acting City Manager and former Deputy City Manager, Senior Deputy City Manager and Deputy City Manager of Fort Collins.
  • Tobin Follenweider, current deputy executive director of the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration and former COO of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.
  • Marianna Marysheva, current Deputy City Manager and former Acting City Manager of the City of Irvine, California, and former Deputy City Manager of the Cities of Riverside and Oakland, California.
  • Jennifer Phillips, former city manager for the cities of Bothell, Washington and St. Helena, California, and former deputy city manager for the cities of Santa Rosa and Santa Monica, California.
  • Charles “Chip” Place, former executive director of capital programs for the Houston Parks Board and former deputy executive director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
  • Jim Thompson, current City Manager for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, former Acting Director of Finance and Accounting for the City of Tucson, Arizona, and former City Manager for the City of Casa Grande, Arizona.

Additional information about each nominee will be available at

The city manager is the chief executive of the city organization and reports directly to the elected city council. They are responsible for the daily operations and performance of the organization, including the delivery of a wide variety of municipal services to the community.

Applicant Forum

The City will host an online public forum with candidates from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7. Community members are welcome to view the forum live online and can submit questions for consideration in advance. Questions will be reviewed by the city’s human resources staff and may be asked during the public forum or during group interviews that week.

The link and instructions for viewing the forum will be posted on before the event. Interpretation into Spanish will be provided.

Selection process

While the selection of a new City Manager will be done by the full City Council, an ad hoc City Manager Selection Process Committee has been formed to guide recruitment and selection. The ad hoc committee includes Mayor Jeni Arndt, Councilor Susan Gutowsky and Councilor Shirley Peel.

In the fall of 2021, the City held listening sessions with several community members, stakeholders and City staff to help shape the job description. In January, the City Council considered 97 candidates and narrowed the field of candidates to 19 semi-finalists. The six finalists will participate in selection activities through March, including on-site interviews from March 24-26.

The new City Manager will replace Darin Atteberry, who left the organization in the summer of 2021 after 17 years in the role. The City called on the support of SGR to carry out the research.