At tonight’s city council meeting, Brighton City Council announced the selection of Clint Blackhurst to serve as acting city manager. Brighton City Manager Manuel Esquibel will retire Jan. 31. Mayor Dick McLean and Mayor Pro Tem Ken Kreutzer will formalize the final terms of his appointment and City Council will hold a special City Council meeting on Jan. 24 to take formal action on the appointment.
As acting city manager, Blackhurst will oversee a variety of administrative processes that allow the city to operate. He will also implement and oversee policies adopted by city council.
Blackhurst retired as Chief of Police of the Brighton Police Department May 2016. He became Brighton’s police chief in 1995, served 21 years on the Brighton police force and has a combined 46 years in law enforcement. As police chief, he was entrusted to perform a variety of complex administrative, supervisory and professional work in planning, coordinating and directing the activities of the department.
“Clint brings more than 20 years of leadership to this position. He exceled during his time as police chief and he has proved his excellence and commitment to Brighton citizens,” Brighton Mayor Dick McLean said.
Before coming to Brighton, Blackhurst worked for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, 1st Judicial District, Lakewood Department of Public Safety and Ogden Utah Police Department.
Blackhurst received his bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from Metropolitan State University of Denver and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver. In 2016, the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce named Blackhurst Brighton’s Citizen of the Year.