Jeffrey A. Wells (Jeff) was originally appointed by the Fort Morgan City Council as the City Attorney on May 15, 2007. On January 4, 2011, he was appointed Interim City Manager and then named City Manager on April 3, 2012. He held both the City Manager and City Attorney positions until 2015.
Jeff is a fifth-generation Colorado native and has lived in both urban and rural communities of Colorado. The descendant of Coloradans who settled in many of the state’s counties including Crowley, Conejos, Denver, Lake and Morgan counties, Jeff has committed his career to public service. After growing up in the San Luis Valley and graduating from Grand Junction Central High School, he attended Mesa State College for a semester. He left school for two years to serve on a volunteer ecclesiastical mission in Northern Italy. After returning from Italy, he graduated with an associate’s degree from Ricks College, a bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University and a law degree with a certificate in tax law from Washburn University School of Law. His most recent academic accomplishment was receiving the Certified Public Manager designation from the University of Colorado-Denver in 2012. In 2015, he received the Certified Manager credential from the International City/County Management Association.
As an attorney, Jeff has represented communities all over the state of Colorado, both as in-house counsel and in private practice. He is licensed to practice in all courts in Colorado, the Western District of Michigan and Colorado Federal District Courts, the Federal Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011, Jeff became a board member of the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, and is the first person from a Colorado community to be elected as chairman of the Management Committee for that organization. In 2016, he was the first Colorado representative to be elected as chairman of the Joint Operating Committee for the Nebraska Public Power Pool (NMPP).
As city manager, Jeff has been supported by the community and city council to implement innovative programs and partnerships that have saved taxpayers and ratepayers several million dollars. More important, these programs and partnerships have established the City of Fort Morgan as a community of choice for its citizens and a growing business community. With a talented and diverse management team, the culture of success found in the City of Fort Morgan has made it the Capital of the Plains.
Jeff has six children, who are very active in the community and schools. Jeff and his family enjoy outdoor and athletic activities, but most of all being part of a great community.