Deputy City Manager Matt Lutkus, a 32-year employee with the City of Westminster, is leaving the city Dec. 15 for a town manager position in Maine.
Lutkus will become the manager in Damariscotta, a town of just over 2,000 on the Maine coast.
As deputy city manager in Westminster, Lutkus has served as director of the General Services Department, which includes key city services such as Building Operations and Maintenance, City Clerk, Environmental and Administrative Services, Fleet Maintenance, Human Resources, Municipal Court, and Risk Management.
He has also been the city’s lead staffer for transportation issues, including the U.S. 36 corridor and FasTracks. Lutkus has served as chair of U.S. 36 Commuting Solutions and the Adams Community Transit Policy Council. He is a current member of the North Area Transportation Alliance Steering Committee and the U.S. 36 Mayors/Commissioners Coalition.
Lutkus is past winner of the Vocational Service Award from the Westminster Rotary Club, was named the Mentor of the Year by Goodwill Industries and selected as Outstanding Board Member by the Adams County Community Mental Health Center.
“Matt Lutkus has been the very model of a public servant for the many years he has served his city and his community,” said Westminster City Manager Brent McFall. “His dedication and professionalism have established Westminster as a leader among Colorado municipalities, and his service to local nonprofits has made him a valued contributor throughout the region.”
“Matt has played a key role in working with our coalition to develop funding for U.S. 36 improvements, RTD FasTracks, I-25 improvements and so much more,” said Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally. “Matt will be missed not only by Westminster, but by all of our colleagues in the North Metro area who have come to rely on his steady advocacy for our region.”
Lutkus and his wife, Julie, had previously planned to retire to the Maine coast but when the opportunity to serve in Damariscotta arose, it was too good to pass up.
“Coastal Maine is an area that we both have visited frequently and grown to love,” Lutkus said. “After meeting with the Town Select Board, I knew this was an excellent match. So my wife and I put our plans for a move to the Northeast on a fast track.
“Brent McFall has given me tremendous opportunities for professional and personal growth and the opportunity to work directly with a wonderful Mayor and Council. I will miss that,” said Lutkus. "Also, I have a department staff that is the best group of people I have ever worked with. I will miss them all.”