Former Jefferson County administrator named Summit County manager |

Former Jefferson County administrator named Summit County manager

Jane Reuter

BRECKENRIDGE<Ron Holliday has a head for figures, and a disdain for workplace conflict. And that, in part, is why he1s Summit County1s new manager.Holliday, 57, starts his new job April 29. He signed a contract with the county Monday.Holliday served as Jefferson County1s top administrator from 1996 until October 2001, when he resigned due to tensions that arose between him and County Commissioner Pat Holloway over a proposed facility for juvenile sex offenders. The two hadn1t spoken since May of that year, according to the Denver Post, even though commissioners rejected the facility plans. Upon his resignation, Holliday said the strained relationship was taking too great a toll on the county commissioners and county staff.But in Summit County, Holliday said, he already sees a different spirit. Holliday said he1s impressed with the way Summit County Commissioners Gary Lindstrom, Tom Long and Bill Wallace work together<something he saw firsthand during several rounds of interviews for the job.3We went through a very rigorous process, and part of it was interaction with the board, he said. 3I was thrilled to see they have great respect for each other, great affection for each other and they don1t mind putting forth their disagreements.3I believe strongly in trying to find a consensus view. Too often, you see people with strong wills who just want to steamroller somebody.Holliday isn1t afraid to tackle the county1s financial issues. Earlier this year, the county cut about $1 million from its budget when county finance staffers revealed projected sales tax revenues and building inspection fees were dramatically down.3The county1s No. 1 goal is to think in longer terms of where we are financially, Holliday said. 3I1m ready to roll up my sleeves and get into that one. I pride myself on being able to look into the future on financial management.Holliday1s starting salary is $97,500. When he left Jefferson County, he earned $120,000 annually. Former Summit County manager Bob Taylor was earning about $103,000 when he left the position in October.Holliday professed to a love of mountain living and resort communities.3When this opportunity became available, I was smiling from ear to ear, he said.Before working in Jefferson County, Holliday worked as state parks director in Montana, Texas and Colorado. Since leaving the Jefferson County post, Holliday has been working with officials there as a consultant to ease the transition to the next administrator.3I truly learned a long time ago that listening is better than the alternative, he said. 3What I try to do is apply the appropriate management style to the situation. I don1t think one size fits all.Holliday was found through a national search conducted by The Mercer Group on behalf of Summit County Government.He and his wife, Alice, currently live in Arvada. They are seeking a home in Summit County.Sue Boyd, who has served as interim county manager since Bob Taylor’s departure, has been asked by the County Commissioners to stay on as assistant county manager. Along with Holliday, she was one of five finalists for the job.Boyd said she will stay throughout the transition. Beyond that point, she doesn1t know what she1ll do.3I1m going in with an open mind, she said. 3I1m optimistic and would like to think there1s still a place for me on the team, but as always, it takes a little time to let things work their way through and really be sure that indeed that1s the case. With all those caveats, that1s my not-so-total yes-or-no answer. But I1m not planning to leave tomorrow or anything like that.Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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