Meet the City Manager

Ron LeBlanc, City Manager

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City Manager Ron LeBlancRon LeBlanc, Durango's City Manager since 2008, has 40 years' experience managing cities across the nation. He began his career at the City of Arvada, Colorado as Deputy City Manager and served as city manager of Springfield, Oregon; Olathe, Kansas; Groton, Connecticut; and Ketchum, Idaho before coming to Durango.

Ron earned a BA with a double major (Political Science and Psychology) from Boston College and an MPA from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is currently President-elect of the Colorado City County Managers Association and has previously served as president of professional city management associations in Connecticut and Idaho. Ron has earned the designation of Credentialed Manager (CM) by The International City County Management Association (ICMA).

In 2016, LeBlanc received the first "Trailblazer Award" from Colorado Women Leading Government (CWLG), Emerging Leaders in Local Government (ELGL) and the Colorado City/County Management Association (CCCMA) in recognition of his efforts and accomplishments to create opportunities for women in local government. Ron also received the prestigious Leo Riethmayer Award from the School of Public Affairs at CU-Denver as the "Colorado Public Administrator of the Year" for the state of Colorado in 2016. Ron is also a member of the adjunct faculty at CU-Denver, teaching Leadership and Ethics.

Amber Blake, Assistant City Manager/Director of Transportation

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Assistant City Manager Amber Blake

Amber Blake is the City of Durango’s Assistant City Manager and Transportation Director. Her duties include oversight of general government operations, public engagement initiatives, intergovernmental relations including state and federal legislative issues and partnerships with regional entities. She has direct responsibility for the Durango - La Plata County Airport, Human Resources, 911 Communications, Administrative Services, and Transportation departments. She serves as acting City Manager in the event of the Manager's absence. She is the City’s ADA Coordinator and also serves as the staff liaison to City’s Multimodal Advisory Board.

A native of Colorado, Amber has over 14 years of experience in local government and professional management, beginning her public sector career in Missoula, MT, and Baltimore, MD, before coming to Durango in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in Geography and Community and Environmental Planning from the University of Montana and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University. Amber is passionate about local government and is dedicated to promoting effective and efficient government operations, and an engaged civically minded community.

Amber has received numerous awards for her professional work including:

  • 2012 Transit Professional of the Year, Colorado State Association of Transit Agencies.
  • 2014 Colorado State Association of Transit Agencies 4 under 40.
  • 2015 Transit Administrator of the Year, Colorado State Association of Transit Agencies.
  • 2016 Federal Transit Administration Outstanding Service Award for Rural Agencies.
  • 2016 Association of Commuter Transportation, 40 under 40.

Kevin Hall, Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director

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Kevin Hall has been with the City of Durango since 2001. He has served in a variety of community development-oriented positions including Parks, Open Space and Trails Development Manager, Director of Natural Lands and Sustainability; and Community Development Director. He has more than 25 years of municipal, County, and regional government experience in economic development, sustainability, transportation, land use planning, open space and trails preservation, and capital project management. Kevin has a bachelor's degree in Public Administration/Political Science and a Master's Degree in Urban Planning, both from the University of Wisconsin.