Meet the City Manager

José Madrigal, City Manager

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José R. Madrigal was appointed City Manager of Durango, Colorado, in SeptembeJosé Madrigal - City Manager - Photor 2020. José directs and supervises the departments, offices, and agencies of the City government, seeing that the goals and objectives of the City Council are accomplished, and the policies and directives are carried out.

José is a results-oriented, strategic leader with almost two decades of local government experience. Under José’s leadership, his organizations have been recognized for their transparency, community engagement, innovation, and strong financial standing. In 2013, he was named to the Class of Young Rising Latino’s by Latino Leaders Magazine. 

Prior to his relocation to Durango, José has served as an Interim, Deputy, and Assistant City Manager for the cities of McKinney, Irving and Cedar Park in Texas. José attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he earned a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. 

Throughout his career, José has been highly involved in professional development and training. He has completed the Senior Executive Institute Program from the University of Virginia – Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the Public Executive Institute from the University of Texas at Austin – LBJ School of Public Affairs.  

José is a former Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner and has obtained his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He is also an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and Colorado City County Management Association (CCCMA).  

José and his wife, Meredith are proud to call Durango home and can be found enjoying the amazing recreational activities, shopping, and dining locations with their five children (Duncan, Parker, Hannah, Macey, and Julia).

Amber Blake, Assistant City Manager

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Amber Blake is one of the City of Durango’s Assistant City Managers, as well as the 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 - Assistant City Manager - PhotoKevin 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.