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Posted on: April 5, 2018

Planning & Community Development Leadership Transitions with Tyler Gibbs Retirement

Planning and Community Development Director, Tyler Gibbs, has announced his plans to retire from the City of Steamboat Springs around Labor Day after what will be eight years of service to the community. 


“It is a privilege and a lot of fun to serve our community and get to know so many great people through this role,” said Tyler Gibbs. “I’m excited to be a part of leading the long-range vision plan for our downtown during my concluding months in this position, as well as ensuring that we continue to improve our services and responsiveness to the community’s needs.”

Bessey6_sm_thumb.jpgWith the announcement today, day-to-day management of development review activities moves to principal planner Rebecca Bessey, while Gibbs will focus his efforts on completing the Downtown Area Plan and Sign Code update, providing recommendations to facilitate affordable housing options and collaborating on policy driven regulatory improvements within the Community Development Code. Bessey will assume the full-time role of Planning and Community Development Director in early September following Gibbs departure. 

“Steamboat Springs is fortunate to have enjoyed the benefits of Tyler’s expertise and vision. The city is in a better place, due to Tyler’s loyalty and commitment to this community,” said City Manager Gary Suiter. “As the city evolves, we’re privileged to have someone as talented and highly-skilled as Rebecca, who can step into the director role.”

During his tenure in Steamboat Springs, Gibbs oversaw hundreds of developments from small to large that touched all facets of the community, including significant projects in the development process this year including Riverview, West Steamboat Neighborhoods and Urban Street.   

Gibbs joined the City of Steamboat Springs in September 2010 after 18 years with the City and County of Denver where he held the position of Planning and Implementation Manager including serving as the Urban Design Director.  Prior to his position with the City of Denver, he was a founder and principal with the firm City Design, a multi-disciplinary architecture and urban design firm specializing in urban mixed-use and retail design projects, in San Diego, California.  

He received his degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona and has been an instructor at the New School of Architecture in San Diego as well as a visiting critic at the University of Colorado College of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning. 

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Gary Suiter, City Manager, 970.871.8240, 
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220,

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