ASPEN - The city of Aspen has hired Dave Hornbacher as its new utilities director. He takes over for Phil Overeynder, who stepped down last month because of health issues.
Hornbacher has worked as deputy director of utilities and environmental initiatives since April 2010. He will continue to work on the implementation of the Castle Creek Energy Center as well as overseeing the employees and operations of water, electric, renewable energy, utility billing and environmental initiative departments.
"I am excited to continue working for the city in this expanded capacity," Hornbacher said in a press release. "I am committed to the city's goal of providing renewable energy and clean water, as well as following the course of implementing progressive policies for all our utilities and environmental efforts."
Overeynder will continue to work for the utilities department, focusing on special projects and serving as an adviser on issues related to energy purchases, water rights and strategic planning.
Hornbacher has worked in the utility sector as an analyst, managing engineer and manager since 1984. Before coming to the city of Aspen, he worked for Colorado Springs Utilities and then Xcel Energy as a local government project manager and manager of new business design.
"We are fortunate to have such an experienced and capable person take over the city's utility department," said Aspen City Manager Steve Barwick. "Hornbacher is a valuable asset as we move into the future with an eye toward being as green as we can as a utility while also preserving the environment we love."
Hornbacher has a bachelor of science degree in agronomy from Colorado State University. He is working on a master's in public administration from CSU.