Kevin Batchelder this week announced he is resigning after 13 years of service as Silverthorne’s town manager.
In a letter to the Silverthorne Town Council dated Monday, Dec. 2, Batchelder cited a desire for new professional challenges, as well as a change, both personally and professionally, in his decision to resign. His resignation is effective Jan. 2, 2014.
Originally from Fort Collins, Batchelder was hired in July 2000 as Silverthorne’s town manager.
Prior to coming to Summit County, Batchelder served for five years as city administrator for Mendota Heights, Minn.
Batchelder earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University before earning a master’s in public affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He has accumulated more than 24 years of experience in local government management.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Batchelder said it is his family’s intention to remain in the community, but he did not say what he plans to do next.
“I will be seeking professional opportunities that will challenge my management and leadership skills and take advantage of my local government management experience,” Batchelder said. “I am leaving at a time when the town of Silverthorne is well positioned for future success, currently enjoys a sustained level of financial stability and has a strong management team and professional staff in place.”
Leaving behind that management team and staff was the hardest part of his decision, Batchelder said.
“I could go on forever about what a wonderful place the town of Silverthorne is to work,” Batchelder said. “The hardest part is leaving behind all these wonderful people. That’s what has made it so much fun to come to work for over 13 years.”
The Silverthorne Town Council has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to consider the appointment of an interim town manager, Batchelder said. The meeting takes place at Silverthorne Town Hall, 601 Center Circle.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Silverthorne Mayor Dave Koop and Silverthorne assistant manager Ryan Hyland could not be reached for comment.
“I could go on forever about what a wonderful place the town of Silverthorne is to work. The hardest part is leaving behind all these wonderful people. That’s what has made it so much fun to come to work for over 13 years.”