Brighton City Council today passed a resolution by a 9-0 vote selecting Philip Rodriguez as Brighton city manager. Rodriguez’s first day will be Sept. 11.
“We are excited to have Philip join the Brighton team. We are confident that Philip’s leadership experience, energetic vision and strong work ethic will strengthen the community of Brighton and help us grow in a positive direction,” Mayor Dick McLean said. “We welcome Philip back to Colorado and look forward to working together for the Brighton community.”
Rodriguez has been the city manager of Athens, Texas since March 2015. Prior to that, he served as a management & project consultant to the city manager for the City of Southlake, Texas, the city manager and executive director of economic development for the City of Fate, Texas, and the city manager in Van Alstyne, Texas. Prior to his role as a city manager, Rodriguez served as the assistant city manager for the City of Cedar Park, Texas and a management fellow for the City of San Antonio. Additionally, Rodriguez worked as a management consultant for cities and businesses across Texas, Kansas and the Rocky Mountain region from 2002-2015.
“I am grateful for the trust that the Mayor and City Council in Brighton have placed in me to help lead such an impressive organization, “Rodriguez said. “As I shared with each of them in my interview process, I am a strong believer in both Brighton’s future and its unique history and I am certain Brighton is the perfect place for me and my family to serve in for many years to come. I am a passionate public servant and I look forward to spending time learning about the community from residents, business owners and everyone who has a vested interest in the community’s success. But aside from the rewarding work, this opportunity is also a very welcome homecoming for me and my family. My wife and I grew up near Brighton and our daughters were both born in the Denver area. I’ve been especially blessed with the wealth of experiences I’ve had in other parts of the country, but being back in the place that shaped me is something I’ve only dreamed about before.”
Rodriguez earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Colorado Christian University and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. Rodriguez is a member of the International City and County Management Association, the Texas City Management Association including statewide ethics committee member and president of East Texas City Management Association. He has served as a volunteer for the Boys& Girls Club, the International Boys Shelter and as a youth soccer coach.
Rodriguez is a fifth-generation Colorado native, having spent his first 20 plus years in Adams County.