James Hayes has been with Commerce City since 2011 and serves as deputy city manager.
In his role, he works closely with the city manager to implement city council’s goals and oversees the public works, parks and recreation and community development departments, as well as the city’s economic development division. Hayes previously served as Commerce City’s community development director, ensuring short- and long-term growth and development was consistent with established municipal codes, building standards and regulations.
Prior to coming to Commerce City, Hayes spent four years as the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Northglenn, Colorado. He managed several disciplines including planning, economic development, building services, code enforcement, housing, and community engagement. Under his direction, Northglenn adopted a new comprehensive plan in 2010 and Hayes also served as acting city manager and finance director during the cities executive-level transition in 2008-2009.
Hayes has private sector experience managing land acquisition, entitlement, and development for Pulte Homes and previously spent 10 years with Adams County as the planning manager, where he implemented a complete re-write of the zoning and subdivision regulations, engineering standards as well as created a new development review process and web-based permitting system.
An alumna of Iowa State University, he has a Masters in City Planning with the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Hayes served on the Executive Board of the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) from 2008-2011.