Don Tripp has over 40 years of experience in local government with most of that time spent as a City Manager or Department Director. His diverse experience varies from a small town to central, capital city with work in Iowa, Michigan, and Colorado. Don’s visionary leadership and abilities to attract and support a team have contributed to award-winning success in service to hundreds of thousands of local government customers.

Mr. Tripp’s experiences are of value in GovHR USA Executive searches and strategic support of professionals and elected officials of local government. His background offers extensive and successful lessons in Community and Economic Development; examples include the renaissance of downtown Des Moines, IA and “new urban center” evolution of Westminster, CO. Public Safety and Social Justice actions taken to support first responders and all whom expect fair and equal treatment in our cities. A first adopter of diversity, equity and inclusion self-assessment and programs, Tripp’s employees benefited with a more diverse workforce and specific attention to pay and promotion equity. Tripp’s work has a long track record of being visionary and innovative, including creation of first ever sustainability plans, energy attentive development, all while developing improved city financial positions prove that the triple bottom line can be uniformly valued. Tripp understands that conflict between the status quo and necessary change requires Courageous Leadership that is a blend of courage, accountability and humility while having genuine compassion. Tripp’s personal family values that started on his boyhood Iowa farm life have served his career well and now motivate him to continue his career by doing everything he can to help cities, that he terms, “of the most important institutions in our society”.

Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Leisure Services, Iowa State University, IA
  • Certificate for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, MA

Professional Training

  • Parks Planning and Management School, National Recreation and Parks Schools
  • Revenue Development School, National Recreation and Parks Schools
  • Sports Management School, National Recreation and Parks Schools
  • Executive Development School, National Recreation and Parks Schools
  • Understanding Human Behavior, Menninger Institute
  • Youth Development Seminars (KYDS), Kellogg Foundation
  • NeuroLeadership Summit, NeuroLeadership Institute
  • Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership

Recent Local Government and Personal Service Awards

  • Founding Member, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance
  • 2021: CASA of Adams County Board Member of the Year, Donald M. Tripp
  • 2021: Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, Government Finance Officers Association
  • 2019: Colorado Large City of the Year, Economic Development
  • 2018: 1st Place, National Digital Cities Survey Winner, Digital Government (75,000–124,999 population)
  • 2017: Top 100 in United States, National Healthiest Employers Award
  • 2017: 2nd Place, Cultural Diversity Award, National League of Cities (NLC) (51,000–200,000 population)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • International City/County Management Association
  • CASA of Adams County Board of Directors
  • Former, National League of Cities
  • Former, National Recreation and Park Association
  • Former, Colorado Park and Recreation Association
  • Former Board Member, Iowa Park and Recreation Association
  • Former Rotary International

Professional Background

  • City Manager, City of Westminster, CO
  • Executive Director, Economic Development Authority, Westminster, CO
  • Executive Director, Housing Authority, Westminster, CO
  • Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries, City of Westminster, CO
  • Park and Recreation Director, City of Des Moines, IA
  • Recreation Director and Recreation and Park Director, City of Battle Creek, MI
  • Park and Recreation Director, Nevada, IA

Professional and Personal Contributions

  • Knights of Columbus
  • Cambio of Des Moines
  • Rotary Club
  • Westminster Legacy Foundation
  • Ralston House
  • CASA of Adams County
  • Multiple local Sports Authorities
  • Lincoln High School Numerous parent committees
  • Coached over 50 youth sports teams



 284 total views,  2 views today