Virgil Turner, Director of Innovation and Citizen Engagement

Virgil Turner Portrait
Virgil has been with the city for over 27 years and began as a police officer and public safety information system administrator. In 1991, Virgil began working in the Information Services Department as a programmer/analyst and later served as the network manager and information technology manager.

Virgil was named the administrative services director in 2005, with responsibilities over information technology, geographic information services, facilities and city clerk.

Virgil Turner has served as the director of innovation and citizen engagement since August 2012. He is responsible for developing innovative approaches to improve the value proposition in the provision of municipal services to our citizens. Focus areas include: developing shared services and inter-governmental relationships, increasing access to and affordability of broadband services, improving management of city facilities, providing multiple channels of engagement that empower citizens by enabling direct interactions and by measuring improvements through performance reporting.

Virgil is an alumnus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy Execs program as well as the Rocky Mountain Institute. Virgil has served on numerous community boards through his career, including president of the Montrose Area Telecommunication Group/Virtual Montrose, Western Colorado Council of the Boy Scout of America, FORE Alliance, All Points Transit, Time Bank of the Rockies and Montrose Makerspace.