Leslie Klusmire is experienced in all aspects of local government management and has specialized in historic small town economic development, tourism, budgeting, utility rate management and enterprise zone financing, strategic planning, growth and quality of life preservation issues.
She is especially drawn to Gilpin County because of its intriguing character and its emphasis on the arts. She has served as manager for several Colorado small towns and was a local government and project management and planning consultant for Telluride, Gunnison, Carbondale, Aspen, Craig, Castle Rock and other cities and counties in Colorado and Utah. She spent four years as the field manager for the redevelopment of Mammoth Lakes Ski Resort
for a group of Canadian developers. She started her career in Colorado as Community Development Director in Glenwood Springs where she completed the downtown redevelopment, two pedestrian bridges over the Colorado River, starting up the first transit connections to Aspen, the first affordable housing project, rebuilding of a failing water treatment plant and built the first phase of the river trail system that now connects to Glenwood Canyon. In her spare time, she is a visual artist and musician. She has raised three children, Devin her oldest and twins Ansel and Mariah.
Leslie has knowledge of the day-to-day operations and administration of public works, building, finance, recreation, law enforcement, health and human services, human resources and utilities services including natural gas and can prepare a conservative budget working as a team with department staff to fund essential needs, monitor spending and execute projects in a timely manner. Hard choices accompany hard economic times but with focus on primary objectives and aggressive pursuit of leveraging resources, Gilpin County can successfully pursue progressive goals and keep expenses to a minimum.
Todd Leopold has over twenty years of public sector experience, with over 17 years serving in various county government organizations in Colorado. Todd most recently served as the County Manager for Adams County, Colorado. During that time period, he lead a number of structural and organizational improvements, most notably transitioning the organization to a county manager governance structure. Other recognitions include a National Association of Counties Innovation Award, multiple Alliance for Innovation awards programs based on the development of an employee training and development program, and a Denver Regional Council of Governments Impact Award for a multi-jurisdictional agri-tourism development plan. Prior to assuming the County Manager role, he served as the Deputy County Manager overseeing the external service operations, including Public Works, Planning, and Community and Economic Development.
Prior to his time in Adams County, he worked for Jefferson County, Colorado for approximately 13 years in various financial and administrative positions. As an executive management team member, he served as the Director of Administrative Services for 7 years, overseeing the internal support operations of the County. Other positions included serving as the Director of Budget and Management Analysis and Senior Budget Analyst for the County.
Todd has worked in various other local government organizations throughout his professional career including both city and council of government organizations in Colorado and New Mexico.
Todd has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science from the Eastern New Mexico University and a Master’s in Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Todd enjoys the outdoors and is a native of Colorado. He has been married for over twenty years and has two teenage daughters.