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Frisco announces town manager

JULIE SUTOR

FRISCO – Police Chief Tom Wickman will have a cleaner car next month.

On Tuesday night, the town council announced that Michael Penny will be the new town manager, beginning June 14.

“While I was working on my bachelor’s degree, I worked for the Signal Hill Police Department as a police cadet,” Penny said. “On my first day with the department, my first assignment was to wash the chief’s car.

“Last week, during the interview process, I promised Frisco’s Chief Tom Wickman that one of my first Frisco duties – if I got the job – would be to wash his vehicle. Therefore, I hereby invite the citizens to stop by Town Hall to say hello, enjoy free coffee and doughnuts and witness my first official act in Frisco on June 14,” Penny said.

The town manager position has been vacant since November, when the council dismissed Alan Briley. Since then, assistant town manager Theresa Casey has served as interim town manager.

“We really, really appreciate all the work Theresa has done and will continue to do for the town,” Mayor Bernie Zurbriggen said.

Penny now serves as the city administrator in Ouray. Prior to his two years there, Penny worked for the city of Boulder for nine years.

He earned his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado in 1997 and his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University in 1992.

Penny will relocate to Frisco in the coming weeks with his wife, Marie, and his 2-year-old daughter, Anna.

“Michael is a fine fellow, and we’re excited to have him join us,” Zurbriggen said. “He will make a valuable addition to the town.”

Penny will begin to introduce himself to Frisco residents at several events, May 19-22.

“We’re very excited,” Penny said from his home in Ouray on Tuesday night. “We have some friends over for dinner now because we’re celebrating.

“From both a personal and a professional standpoint, Marie and I are looking forward to getting involved and becoming active members of the Frisco community.”

Penny said that his experience in Ouray suited him well for the top job in Frisco.

“I think a lot of the issues Frisco is dealing with are similar to what Ouray has been dealing with, just on a different scale. I think we just felt like it clicked,” Penny said.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 orjsutor@summitdaily.com.


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