Founded in 2016, Columbia ltd is a Colorado corporation that serves local governments, primarily in the western United States, through executive recruiting and problem-solving services.
Columbia ltd is completely committed to ethical conduct in every aspect of every recruitment, without exception.
Commitment to the profession
Columbia ltd supports the International City/County Management Association, and the firm is an associate member of the Colorado Municipal League, and a Cooperating Member of the Washington City/County Management Association. Columbia ltd is a proud sponsor of the City/County Management Associations in Arizona, Colorado, and Washington.
CEO and Founder
Since founding Columbia ltd in 2016, Andrew (Drew) Gorgey has established himself as one of the premiere executive recruiters in the United States. A sought-after industry professional, Mr. Gorgey has completed dozens of major executive recruitments in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. He has served local government for 22 of the last 24 years as a deputy district attorney, county attorney, county manager, acting city manager, executive recruiter, and trusted advisor.
Sue Fowler Autry
Senior Executive Recruiter and Strategist
Based in Westchester County, New York, Sue Fowler Autry has a reputation for professionalism in human resources and executive recruitment enjoyed by few others in the United States. Following successful careers in banking, elite private-sector executive recruiting (Texas), employment law, finance, and manufacturing, Ms. Autry held executive leadership and management positions for 20 years in local government human resources. She understands city and county organizations in a way most search consultants never will. Ms. Autry excels in identifying candidates in alignment with Columbia ltd’s mission.
Executive Recruiter (Public Safety)
Recently retired from the Lake Stevens (Washington) Police Department after five successful years as chief, John Dyer is based in the beautiful Skagit Valley in northwest Washington State. Chief Dyer started his career as a patrol officer in Oak Harbor (Washington), where he stayed for 28 years, working his way up to the position of patrol commander. He then took the position as Chief of Police in Rifle, Colorado, where he led the department successfully for four years before accepting the position of Chief of Police in Lake Stevens.
In his 38-year career in both Washington and Colorado, Chief Dyer has served in a number of roles and is as well-rounded, experienced, and highly-regarded as a local government law enforcement professional can be. He is an expert in local government public safety recruiting, hiring, training, and retention and is another solid addition to an already strong Columbia ltd team.
Chief Dyer holds a bachelor’s degree (Organizational Management) from Ashley University and a master’s degree (Management) from American Public University. He is a 2011 graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The FBI-LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association) recognized Chief Dyer with the Trilogy Award, awarded for successful completion of the Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute, and Executive Leadership Institute. Chief Dyer also holds Executive Certification in both Colorado and Washington.
Formerly with the City of Aspen, Colorado, Michelle Holder brings skill and excellence to Columbia ltd in several areas pertaining to local government: project management, community engagement, program management, priority-based budgeting, sustainability reporting, and research. A Certified Professional Project Manager, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and graduate of the highly-regarded Roaring Fork Leadership Academy (Aspen), she is passionate about empowering communities by helping them realize their largest goals. Ms. Holder earned her bachelor’s degree (Political Science and Criminology) from the University of Florida and her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is based in Portland, Oregon.
Kathy Callaway Conarro
Kathy Callaway Conarro has been a graphic designer for over twenty years. The art director and production manager at a reputable alternative news weekly in the United States for over ten years, she also served for over five years as creative director at a fast-growing, international professional sports corporation, before relocating to Central America. Ms. Conarro ensures every local government client is marketed in a genuine, positive, and impactful way and offers creative guidance in corporate marketing.
Ms. Callaway Conarro holds a bachelor’s degree in art with an emphasis in graphic design from Western Washington University. She works from her office in Roatán, Honduras.