Dillon town manager finalists to present at meet and greet event
The town of Dillon will be holding a meet and greet at town hall on Thursday, June 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. to introduce the public to three finalists for the position of town manager.
The candidates are vying to replace current town manager Tom Breslin, who will be retiring in August after more than two years of service with the town.
On Thursday, community members will have the opportunity to meet the finalists and hear a brief presentation from each.
John T. “Tom” Acre:
Acre is the current town manager of South Fork, Colorado, a position he has held since August 2014. Before that, he served as city manager of Trinidad from December 2012 to July 2014. Acre also worked for Commerce City for nearly 15 years, including four years as deputy city manager.
In a news release, the town of Dillon described Acre as “a creative problem solver with an entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on long-range financial development and strategic planning.”
Leslie Anne Klusmire:
Klusmire has served as city administrator for Walsenburg, Colorado, for the past year, where her responsibilities included oversight of the police department, city clerk, water, sewer, natural gas, finances, building and code enforcement, streets, parks, and economic development.
Prior to that, Klusmire served as Lake City town manager for just over two years and was president of municipal management and planning consultancy Community Works from 1995 to 2013. She has also served as an economic development advisor for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.
“Leslie is experienced at enhancing small town community life and preserving unique character while working for economic vibrancy,” the release said.
Guy P. Patterson:
Patterson is currently the city administrator of Salida, Colorado. He has also served as the assistant town manager of Minturn and as administrative officer for the Colorado towns of Red Cliff, Timnath and DeBeque.
Additionally, Patterson served as the vice chair of Avon’s planning and zoning commission. He is described as having “considerable development experience including the Battle Mountain annexation and development project.”
Outside of municipal and county administration, Patterson has been a senior aide in the Colorado State Legislature, a public policy research adjunct and executive director of a community oriented nonprofit. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
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