Oro Valley has hired a new assistant town manager.
Greg Caton, who has experience in municipal government management in Colorado, begins his new position Nov. 15, according to a Town of Oro Valley release.
Town Manager Jerene Watson called Caton "our top drawer candidate who possessed the understanding of economic development strategies and has the energy our management team and elected officials are eager to tap."
Caton holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Caton's career in municipal service began in 1998 with the Commerce City, Colo. There, he was "instrumental in strategic planning, implemented an employer housing assistance program and served as the city's public information officer," a town release said.
Later, as assistant city manager in Durango, he was responsible for establishing a new enterprise fund department of sustainable services, which provided solid waste, recycling and environmental programs. He oversaw a reorganization of the municipal court, facilitated the downsizing of the municipal organization by 24 positions and took on performance audits in the utility enterprise fund.
Caton was known for producing several award-winning community outreach programs, including a cable TV channel, and for his negotiating skills on telecommunications franchise agreements, intergovernmental agreements and contracts.
"I was first attracted to Oro Valley because of the natural beauty, but as I learned more about the town I became very excited about joining a very progressive organization," Caton said. "The organization and the community have an excellent reputation throughout the region and the state. I am very excited for this opportunity and look forward to working with the town council, town manager and town staff to achieve the established goals."