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Public invited to meet candidates

Lu Snyder

Where & When:What: Public reception for Dillon town manager candidatesWhere: Best Western Ptarmigan Lodge, 652 Lake Dillon DriveWhen: Thursday, 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.For more information, call the Dillon Town Hall at (970) 468-2403DILLON – Dillon town officials have chosen seven candidates for the vacant town manager position, and they are hosting a public reception Thursday to give citizens and candidates an opportunity to meet each other.”It’s an informal opportunity to talk with (the candidates) one on one,” said Dillon town treasurer Carri McDonnell.It also give the candidates a chance to meet the public, she said, adding that all members of the public are invited to attend.Dillon’s town manager position has been open since Julie Boyd resigned in May. Boyd accepted a position as Deputy City Manager for the town of Louisville, on the Front Range.Almost 60 applicants submitted their resumes for the position, McDonnell said. Town officials, with the help of consultant Fred Rainguet, have whittled those applicants to the seven candidates.All candidates already are in Colorado. They include; David Erickson, currently the town administrator for Silverton, Thomas Hale, town manager of Granby, Paul McKenna, town administrator of Georgetown, Kay Miller, former executive director of the Stapleton Foundation, Don Van Wormer, the Kremmling town manager, Jack Benson, Summit County’s Public Works Division Director, and Steve Pauken, former town administrator of Berthoud.The seven have been invited to Thursday’s reception, which will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Best Western Ptarmigan, in Dillon.On Friday, the candidates each will have two rounds of interviews – one by town officials and the mayor, Barbara Davis, and another by an assessment board comprising town managers from Gunnison, Silverthorne and Vail.The assessment board “offers perhaps a different perspective,” said Dillon mayor Barbara Davis. “These are town managers that are well-experienced and they know the ins and outs of the job. They can ask more pointed questions that council probably wouldn’t ask.”Davis said she and council members will consider the perspectives of the assessment board and staff department heads as they select their final candidate.”The council hopes to make an offer to someone next week,” McDonnell said. They hope to have their new manager begin by the beginning of September, she added.Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or lsnyder@summitdaily.com


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