Lighthart named Manager of the Year

Evergreen Metro District manager lauded for management skills, technical expertise

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/11/22

David Lighthart, the manager of the Evergreen Metro District, says he’s not much for awards.

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Lighthart named Manager of the Year

Evergreen Metro District manager lauded for management skills, technical expertise

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David Lighthart, the manager of the Evergreen Metro District, says he’s not much for awards.

So he was a little reticent when he learned he was named the Special District Association of Colorado’s 2022 Manager of the Year. Lighthart, who has spent 38 years with the district, has worked his way up the ranks before becoming general manager in 2014.

Because of the way they are set up, Lighthart is also the general manager of the West Jefferson County Metro District and the Kittredge Sanitation and Water District, and the staff works for all three districts.

“He’s the best,” said Mark Davidson, president of the Evergreen Metro District board. “Dave is as knowledgeable and competent as anybody we could have in that position. He’s a great combination of technical knowledge and management know-how. I think that’s what makes him so good. We’re in a technical business, but we’ve got to have somebody who can lead the team on a day-in and day-out business.”

Davidson said the nomination came from the Evergreen Metro District staff, a testament to how highly the staff regards him.

“I don’t think there’s a higher form of flattery for somebody than to win an award from a nomination by your staff,” Davidson said. “Dave is a pleasure to work with, and he is very good at knowing the answer or he’s going to find the answer. I think we’re awfully lucky to have him and have had him for as long as we have. I think the district is as strong as it can be, and a huge measure of that is because of Dave Lighthart.”

Lighthart gives credit to the rest of the team for its hard work.

“I don’t know that I really deserve (the award),” Lighthart said, “though it’s nice to be acknowledged by my peers. Certainly, it’s reflective of the entire team, not just me.”

Lighthart considers one of his major achievements getting everyone on the staff to work as one team.

“It took a lot of effort on the part of myself and all the managers to get that feeling of family and one team to stick,” Lighthart said.

On the challenging side are state and federal regulations for water and wastewater treatment systems, changes to the watershed due to climate change and the challenges of more development in Evergreen.

Lighthart leads by example, frequently visiting job sites and facilities to ensure that the crews have what they need to make safety a priority while keeping projects on schedule.

Kevin Johnson, who has worked for Lighthart since starting in the district in 1993, said Lighthart was one of the best bosses he’s ever had.

“He is always willing to get his hands dirty and work alongside you,” Johnson said. “He’s fair, reasonable and very knowledgeable about this industry.”

Kelly Garrod, president of the West Jefferson County Metro District board, said Lighthart is a technical guy who likes to be involved in projects.

“He’s been out there flagging when the crews are doing excavations,” Garrod said.

Employees, he said, are treated well and feel respected.

“He’s a really good person,” Garrod said. “I can’t say enough good things about him. I’ve seen him through good times and bad, persevering, charging ahead, doing what’s best for the district, for the customers and trying to be responsive to what customers are asking for.”

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