Frisco to discuss new town manager, police chief and SPA lease
FRISCO – Town officials are scheduled to review several topics of interest at their council work session today, including the search for a town manager and police chief, and the renewal of the Summit Prevention Alliance lease.
n Town manager
Though it still might be several months until Frisco has a new town manager on board, the selection process is slowly approaching its conclusion.
The town received 56 resumes for the town manager position, said Frisco community relations director Linda Lichtendahl.
Robert Slavin – the consultant hired by the town to head the recruitment process – has narrowed the number to 12 or 15 candidates. Town officials are scheduled to review those candidates with Slavin in an executive session (not open to the public) today.
The goal of the session, Lichtendahl said, is to whittle the list to five or six candidates, who will then be invited to Frisco for interviews in June.
Initially, town officials had hoped to have the final candidates visit the town during Frisco Pride Week, June 3 through 7. But town officials determined they would not have enough time, and Lichtendahl said they will have them come during the week of June 10 instead.
Part of the interview process will be a public reception so Frisco residents can meet the candidates and vice versa. The date has not yet been set, Lichtendahl said, but “it will probably be a reception at the town hall.”
n Police chief
Frisco police chief Jerry Falconetti will retire in September, after 20 years with the town.
According to the town’s home rule charter, the town manager hires the police chief, Lichtendahl said. But since town officials do not expect the new town manager to be on board before August, they will explore whether a recruitment consultant might assist them with the process.
Ideally, town officials would like Falconetti’s successor to begin before Falconetti leaves Sept. 30, Lichtendahl said. Hiring a recruiter would allow the town to begin the search before the new town manager is hired, so he or she has only a few candidates from which to choose.
n Summit Prevention Alliance
There has been some uncertainty recently regarding Summit Prevention Alliance’s future on Main Street Frisco.
The nonprofit organization – which works to promote positive behaviors and lifestyles through education and prevention services – has been headquartered at 518 Main Street for several years. Since December, the SPA has been on a month-to-month lease at the town-owned building.
Meanwhile, town officials researched and determined the building could be used for retail space. Some town officials said retail would help draw foot traffic from the central area of Main Street, east toward Backcountry Brewery, Abbey’s Coffee and the marina.
Town officials have contacted the Frisco Historical Society about the potential of opening a store at the Main Street home. According to a memo from interim town manager Tim Mack to council members, the FHS is interested, provided they can obtain grants for the enterprise. The grant and business plan process would likely be lengthy, Mack said, and it is unrealistic the FHS would be ready to open a retail venture before next spring.
Mack has recommended the council renew the lease with the SPA in the meantime.
Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or email@example.com
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