Frisco town manager finalists to interview this week |

Frisco town manager finalists to interview this week

Lu Snyder

What’s next –

What: Public reception for town manager candidates

When: Friday, June 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Town Hall, Frisco

FRISCO – Frisco town officials this week selected five finalists for the vacant town manager position.

The five – from Colorado, New Mexico, Tennessee and Wisconsin – will visit Frisco Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday, the candidates will meet town staff and council members and tour the town.

Town officials and management from the police department, public works, and community development department, along with assistant town manager Theresa Casey, will interview the candidates Friday.

Recruiting consultant George Slavin will be present for the interview process, said Frisco community relations director Linda Lichtendahl.

Town officials asked Slavin to look for candidates with experience managing small, resort towns and with a strong financial background.

The selected candidates come from a variety of backgrounds – with experience managing towns with a population of less than 2,000 to those as large as 34,000.

Two of the candidates – Jay Harrington and Don Taylor – are from Colorado. Harrington is the town administrator/manager for Pagosa Springs in southern Colorado. He has held the position for almost 10 years. Taylor is the director of financial services for Steamboat Springs. He served as assistant town manager for Breckenridge from 1998 until 2000.

Alan Briley, the village manager/treasurer of Ruidoso, N.M, also has almost 10 years experience in town management.

James Thomas has been the village manager of Whitefish Bay, Wis. since 2000. Since 1995, he also has worked in town management for Forest Park, Ill. and Roy, Utah.

Prior to becoming the chief operating officer for the Michigan Road Commission in February, Robert Elliott was the city manager for Columbia, Tenn. – a town with a population of 34,000. He also has served as city manager in Riverview, Mich., Enid, Okla., Grandview, Mo., and assistant city manager in Blain, Minn.

Frisco residents are invited to meet the candidates at a public reception Friday evening.

While there’s a chance town officials might have a clear winner by Friday, Lichtendahl said it’s more likely they’ll take a few days before deciding whether to extend a job offer to one candidate or invite a smaller group of finalists for a second round of interviews.

Though town staff will be involved in the interview process and can give council their input, the final decision will be made by the mayor and council members.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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