Roy Otto is a native Coloradan who graduated from Greeley West High School in 1983. He then went on to complete a B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science from Colorado State University in 1987. He completed his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of South Florida in 1991. His career in local government management spans 27 years and includes high level management positions in cities in Florida and in Colorado. He began working for Greeley, Colorado in 2000 as the Assistant City Manager and was appointed the City Manager in 2005.