Summit County Government

Posted on: February 20, 2016

Scott Vargo to Succeed Gary Martinez as County Manager

Assistant County Manager Scott Vargo will assume the County’s top staff position in July 2016

Thomas Davidson, Chair, Board of County Commissioners
Scott Vargo, Assistant County Manager
Gary Martinez, County Manager

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Board of Commissioners has named Assistant County Manager Scott Vargo as the successor to County Manager Gary Martinez, who recently announced his retirement. Vargo, who has served as a member of Summit County’s staff since 1999, will take over the organization’s top executive position when Martinez steps down at the end of June.

“Scott is exactly the kind of leader that Summit County needs and deserves,” Board Chair Thomas Davidson said. “Anyone who has met him knows that he is the consummate professional, whose vision, skill and dedication will serve this community exceptionally well.”

Vargo began his career with Summit County as the director of Human Resources, which serves the organization’s 500-plus employees. He was promoted to the Assistant County Manager role in 2004 and has held that position since, overseeing many County departments, including Public Health, Human Services, the 911 Center, Library and Ambulance Service, among others.

“I’m truly honored and humbled that the board has entrusted me to lead this fabulous institution,” Vargo said. “I’m excited to work with the commissioners and our staff as we continue to deliver governmental services at the highest levels found anywhere in our region and to strengthen our community by tackling challenges like workforce housing, health care costs and the protection of our natural environment.”

Throughout Vargo’s tenure at Summit County, he has been a member of the senior management team, helping to guide the organization during both prosperous and lean financial periods. As Human Resources director, he developed competitive pay and benefits programs that improved employee retention and employee wellness, while simultaneously controlling costs.

In his current role, Vargo has served as project manager for numerous facility-construction projects, including the $20 million Summit County Medical Office Building and $14 million Fleet Maintenance Facility, which were both completed on time and under budget. He also served in a lead role in Summit County’s partnership with the Town of Breckenridge to renovate the historic Breckenridge Schoolhouse into the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Summit County South Branch Library.

Subsequently, Vargo spearheaded the renovation and expansion of the former library building to serve as the Summit County Justice Center Annex, which houses the District Attorney’s Office and Summit County Probation. Most recently, Vargo led the effort to develop the Summit County Commons Master Plan, which will serve as a roadmap for future development of County and partner facilities for the next two decades.

“Scott’s qualifications are impeccable, and his many accomplishments speak for themselves,” Commissioner Dan Gibbs said. “He is a strategic, thoughtful and creative problem-solver whom this community is lucky to have working hard on its behalf.”

Vargo has helped to develop many community partnerships, such as the Summit County Emergency Medical Services Authority, which seeks to share resources, reduce expenses and improve levels of service; the authority includes Summit County Ambulance Service, all local fire districts, Summit Medical Center and Flight For Life. He has also served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Colorado County Officials and Employees Retirement Association, the State of Colorado Commission on Judicial Performance Evaluation, Early Childhood Options/Head Start, the CARE Council, the Summit County Telecommunications Consortium and the Colorado Elected Official Salary Commission.

“Scott is widely respected throughout our community and across the state,” Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “He excels at building and maintaining the relationships that are so essential to the work we do here at Summit County government.”

Originally from Minnesota, Vargo moved to Colorado in 1997 with his wife, Jody. They have two daughters: One attends Summit High School, and the other is enrolled at Colorado State University. The Vargo family lives in Frisco.


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