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The City of Salida has promoted Bill Almquist to the position of Community Development Director. Almquist has worked for the city since November 2018 as a planner in the Community Development Department. Almquist has helped shepherd a number of notable projects through the planning commission and city council.

He was also responsible for the city being awarded $225,000 in grants for projects associated with mobility. Prior to his time with the city, Almquist was the Community Relations Manager for Ride the Rockies and also held community development positions with the city of Denver and the city of Eugene, Oregon. Almquist holds a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon.

Mayor P.T. Wood said “The promotion of Bill to our leadership team at the City will be a great addition and provides continuity for the department, the Planning Commission, and the City Council.  With continuing growth and development in and around Salida, the opportunity could not be better to have Bill take on more responsibility.  It’s also important for our staff to have the opportunity to grow and gain experience in our organization and be able to move up when the time is right.”

Almquist will join Salida’s administrative team immediately and has been working with other departments during this time of transition. Almquist, his wife and daughter have  lived in Salida for two years and “settled in nicely”.

“Bill’s gained a lot of experience and knowledge during his time with the City,” said Drew Nelson, City Administrator.  “It’s a blessing to have such great local talent already with the organization to fill a complex and demanding position.”

For more information, call City Hall at 719-539-4555

Featured image: Bill Almquist, Salida Community Development Director.  Merrell Bergin photo