Highlands Ranch Metro District General Manager Terry Nolan was recently named the Special District Association of Colorado’s Manager of the Year for 2013.
Founded in 1975 to serve the interests of special districts in Colorado through education, assistance, and lobbying, the SDA is made up of nearly 1,400 special district members and 200 associate members. The association presents the award on an annual basis to a special district manager who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication and service to their district.
Nolan’s recognition was attributed to his work alongside the HRMD’s director of finance and administration, Bruce Lesback, in helping to set up the district’s major repair fund in 2004, as well as the initiation of the Highlands Ranch Park and Recreation Foundation, which was established in 1999.
The major repair fund was set up to help replace aging infrastructure, and is most commonly seen put to use through the district’s fence replacement program. The park and recreation foundation, meanwhile, was created to preserve, enhance and advocate for the community’s parks, recreation, open space and urban forest projects.
“We are very proud of Terry’s leadership and the impact his management of the Metro District has had on the community over the last 17 years,” said Sherry Eppers, spokeswoman for the district, adding that the award had a lot to do with the work Nolan has put in over the course of his career, in addition to the continued success of the two aforementioned programs through recent years.
“I am honored and humbled,” Nolan said about being selected. “It’s truly the result of having a supportive board and an outstanding, hard-working staff here at the Metro District. I think Highlands Ranch is a great community that is exceptionally well served by the folks that work here at the district.
“They could have picked 100 different things we’ve done here, but chose to focus on those two. None of it would be possible without our staff or our board.”