City Manager

Flagstaff City Manager Greg Clifton


Greg Clifton started serving as the City Manager in August 2019. Before coming to Flagstaff, Clifton worked at the municipal level for the past 25 years throughout western Colorado. He served as city attorney for the city of Montrose for several years, followed by tenures as town manager for Ridgway, Telluride, and Vail, respectively.


Clifton has had numerous involvements in statewide organizations related to his profession, including several years with the Colorado Municipal League, where he served as president in 2001, and the Colorado Association of Ski Towns, where he served as president over this past year. He was a founding member of the statewide Youth Corps Association, and a consortium of local governments that has successfully advocated for climate action policy. 


Clifton holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver School of Law.

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City Manager's Office Questions or Further Information

Ph: (928) 213-2053

About Our City Government Structure


In the council-manager form of government, the council is the governing body of the city, elected by the public, and the manager is hired by the council to carry out the policies it establishes. The council usually consists of five to nine members including a mayor (or council president) who is either selected by the council or elected by the people as defined in the city charter. The size of the council is generally smaller than that of a mayor-council municipality and council elections are usually nonpartisan.

The council provides legislative direction while the manager is responsible for day-to-day administrative operations of the city based on the council’s recommendations. The mayor and council, as a collegian body, are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, and determining the tax rate. The manager serves as the council’s chief advisor. Managers also serve at the pleasure of the council and are responsible for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, and hiring and firing personnel.

Typically, the mayor is recognized as the political head of the municipality but is a member of the legislative body and does not have the power to veto legislative actions.

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