Dillon Town Council announces town manager finalists
Ryan Summerlin May 14, 2014
Dillon Mayor Kevin Burns and the Dillon Town Council have announced five final candidates for the town manager vacancy.
The candidates are Tom Breslin, Mark Heller, D. Michael Segrest, Catherine Sinnard and James White.
All five candidates will be visiting Dillon for tours, interviews and an open reception with the public and staff.
The finalists were selected from a group of 93 applicants for the position. The community reception will be held from 6-7 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Dillon Town Hall, 275 Lake Dillon Drive. At the community reception, people will be welcome to personally greet and speak with the candidates.
Earlier that day the candidates will meet with staff members and receive tours of the town’s facilities. The interview panel will include town council and town department directors and take place the following day, Tuesday, May 20.
Breslin has spent more than 15 years in a management and senior management capacity in both the public and private sector, most recently as the county administrator for Clear Creek County, which included overseeing an annual budget in excess of $30 million. Breslin also sat on Clear Creek’s Board of Economic Development. He has spent time representing Clear Creek County on Interstate 70 issues, high-speed rail feasibility studies, greenway development, health care provision, housing studies and economic development initiatives. Prior to that as a Vail Resorts employee, Breslin started as the base area operations manager and left as their director of public works/base operations. He has practiced law in a number of different capacities including real estate and business transactions, as well as criminal matters. Breslin also served as a New York City Firefighter and was a sergeant in the United States Army. He received his juris doctorate from New York Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in history at Rutgers University.
Heller presently serves as the redevelopment administrator for the city of Thornton managing, administering and coordinating the city’s urban renewal and redevelopment projects. Previously he was the executive director of the Golden Urban Renewal Authority. In that post he oversaw its $2.4 million annual budget and 133-acre redevelopment area. He received numerous awards and distinctions while working with Golden, including a 2014 American Planning Association National Achievement Award and the 2013 Colorado Urban Land Institute Impact Award for Implementation. While working for GURA he guided the closing of nearly $55 million in redevelopment and financing transactions, which enhanced Golden’s vitality, while preserving its small town feel. For a short video about his work in Golden search YouTube for “Golden Urban Renewal.” Heller holds his juris doctorate from the University of Texas Law School, his master’s of urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado at Denver and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.
D. MICHAEL SEGREST
Segrest is currently a local government consultant for cities throughout the western United States focusing on strategic resource management and economic development. Prior to consulting, he served as the town manager of both Moraga, Calif., and Snowmass Village, Colo. During his time in California, he increased the General Fund Reserve by over 30 percent and secured the first public financing for the town with an AA+ rating. While in Snowmass Village, Segrest oversaw an annual budget of $53 million and turned the town’s financials from a $300,000 per year deficit to a $400,000 per year surplus, thus restoring all positions in public works and the police department. Through his work, he was able to secure financing for the first town hall, recreation center, employee housing project and community park. He has also served as the director of community resources for Lakewood and as the assistant city manager for the city of Boulder. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in park administration from Texas Tech University.
Sinnard has most recently served as the town manager for the town of Monument, Colo. Her accomplishments while in Monument included a balanced budget during her entire tenure, aiding in erecting a new town hall and police station and helping with the creation of a public arts program. Sinnard was also involved in the creation of a Downtown Development Division. Another of Sinnard’s accomplishments included playing an integral role in the town of Monument receiving the Governor’s Award for Best Event in 2009. Prior to Monument, Sinnard served the city of Pueblo in various capacities, leaving as the director of planning and development. She also has varied experience in grant writing including a grant for the State of Colorado’s Community Development Block Grant. Sinnard was a participant of the Gates Family fellowship at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, received a master of planning and community development at the University of Colorado at Denver and her Bachelor of Arts in geography and political science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
White was the former town manager of Minturn, Colo., and prior to that the town administrator for the town of Berthoud, among other posts throughout the state. While in Minturn, White participated in the planning and construction of the $2.5 million Minturn Fitness Center and served on their board of directors. He has also worked with the Eagle County Open Space Advisory Committee and the U.S. Forest Service. White has served as the president of the Colorado Municipal League Executive Board and was also the president of the Colorado City and County Management Association. During his time with the town of Berthoud, White aided in the negotiation and annexation agreements of several large properties into town limits, as well as transitioning the local transit service from a nonprofit organization to a service offered by the town. Educationally, White has received a Master of Arts in counseling and psychological services and a Bachelor of Arts in English at St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn., and a master in health care organizations and systems at the University of Denver.
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