The City of Brighton operates under the Council-Manager form of government, through a Home Rule Charter. The City Manager position serves as the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer for the City and is responsible for the proper administration of all affairs of the City. The daily business of City operations is the responsibility of the City Manager, who is appointed by the City Council. In addition, the City Manager prepares recommendations for Council consideration and implements the policy direction approved by the City Council. City personnel report to the City Manager.
Acting City Manager Marv Falconburg
In July, City Council appointed Marv Falconburg Acting City Manager for the City of Brighton. Falconburg has been a resident of Brighton since 1992 and a city employee since 1994.
In his more than 25 years with the city, Falconburg has served a variety of roles. In November 1994, he began his career with the City of Brighton as an Associate City Planner and served in that role for several years before being promoted to City Planner in January 1996. Four years later, Falconburg served as the Interim Community Development Director for just shy of a year before being named the full-time replacement in December 2000. In his cover letter, he wrote when applying for that position 19 years ago he said, “I have a passion for planning and quality development. For seeing the big picture and managing the details.”
The recession hit during his time as the Community Development Director and he had to cut his budget by 15% each year 2008-2010. It was also during these trying times that Vestas was moving to town and he was focused on bringing 1,500 jobs to Brighton. The Vestas project became the Governor’s Project of the Year in 2010.
When Falconburg moved to Brighton 27 years ago, there were very few amenities other than the new city Recreation Center and sports facilities. No movie theatres were located in the city and shopping and restaurants were limited. He said he had to drive out of town to find many of the amenities we now enjoy. During his time in the Community Development Department, he and his staff focused a lot on bringing those amenities to Brighton.
During his time working for The City of Brighton, our population has more than doubled from about 18,000 to roughly 40,000 residents and he’s worked under four City Managers and five Mayors during his 25-year career with The City of Brighton. He’s seen a lot of change and a lot of different personalities and has learned the only way to get through it is to stay neutral politically and ground yourself.
Falconburg says his own internal drive is fueled through integrity, vision and stewardship. He believes these values coincide with the city’s and that is what has kept him here for the long haul.
Around City Hall, Falconburg is perceived as the level-headed manager that employees can go to for advice or to bounce ideas off of. Employees say he is authentic, genuine and sincere. He treats every person the same; no matter their title at the city. His response to this was that he just assumes the best about others, even when it’s difficult.
Those who have worked closely with Falconburg through the years agree that he cares deeply about the work he does and how employees are treated.
Other items Falconburg is proud of is the fact he was awarded Supervisor of the Year in 1998 and received the People's Choice Award for Outstanding Service in 1995.
While Falconburg didn’t set out to serve as a City Manager, he has learned to embrace the path his career has taken him and make a positive impact on his community. He was named Assistant City Manager in February 2012 and has since managed a wide range of successful projects.
Falconburg and his wife, Tracy, of 37 years raised their three kids in Brighton but are now empty nesters who are frequently visited by their six grandkids and two grand puppies. But when it’s just the two of them at home, he can be found studying the universe and playing the drums, a hobby he didn’t pick up until the age of 40!