Heather Balser
Heather Balser (Courtesy Photo/Louisville)

Louisville's City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an employment agreement for newly appointed City Manager Heather Balser that will net the 20-year city staff veteran $180,000 per year.

She's served in various roles throughout the city, including as deputy and twice as interim city manager — most recently over the past several months — since her tenure began in 1997.

Former City Manager Malcolm Fleming stepped down from the post last summer.

Balser's scheduled salary — up from her interim salary of $175,000, according to city records — marks a $4,000 raise from what her predecessor made. She's among some of the county's top city manager earners, which includes Boulder and Longmont.

Balser has worked in the Louisville City Manager's Office since 1997, where she's served as a management assistant, assistant to the city administrator, assistant city manager for government relations, assistant city manager, deputy city manager and interim city manager on two separate occasions.

She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Bates College and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.


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Balser was chosen in December from a pool of 180 total applicants, which included Broomfield Community Development Director David Shinneman and Matthew Fulton, a former city manager of West St. Paul, Minn., among other final candidates.

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