Gigi Dennis joined Monte Vista as the City Manager in November 2021.
Upon returning to the San Luis Valley in 2015, Gigi served as the Alamosa County Administrator for 6 years. She has a broad governmental experience including:
- Elected to the State Senate from 1995-2001
- Appointment by President George W. Bush as the State Director for USDA Rural Development from 2001-2005
- Appointment by Governor Bill Owens as the Colorado Secretary of State and served from 2005-2007
Gigi then joined the private sector and was the Senior Manager of External Affairs for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association from 2007-2015
The City Manager is responsible for assisting the City Council in establishing and implementing policies, providing quality service to citizens and managing public funds and overseeing all department budgets. The manager also coordinates and provides assistance to City operations and informs the City Council of the activities and needs of City departments and other organizations with whom the City interacts.
The City Manager is the Chief Executive Officer of the municipal corporation and is responsible for enforcement of the laws and ordinances of the City, for the appointments or removal of all employees, and for the preparation and oversight of the annual budget and the financial operation of the City.