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Snowmass makes offer on town manager job

Snowmass Village is offering its town manager position to Clint Kinney, of Fruita, after the Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve his appointment and contract.

If he accepts, Kinney will start the job Sept. 15. He will be paid a base salary of $145,000 a year.

Kinney, who is currently city manager of Fruita, was one of the council’s final candidates for the job during a search process this winter. Consultant Gary Suiter was offered the job but declined it on the grounds that he didn’t want to work for a council that didn’t unanimously support him. The council voted, 3-2, on whether to extend the offer to Suiter.

Suiter has been interim town manager since Aug. 1, and the council extended his contract in February, but more recently, it reopened talks with Kinney. After a closed-door session lasting almost an hour, in which the council met with Town Attorney John Dresser and then with Dresser and Kinney, the four members present Wednesday voted in favor of Kinney’s contract. Councilman Chris Jacobson was absent.

After months of each side attempting to sway the other, accompanied at times by heated comments, accusations of a recall conspiracy and numerous private meetings, the four council members at Wednesday’s meeting had nothing but positive things to say about their colleagues.

“I think it’s wonderful that hopefully … this council will come together and unanimously support Clint in this capacity,” Butler said before the vote. “I know we’ve had a tough go.”

“I’m very grateful and encouraged by the willingness of this council to continue to work and build consensus on this issue,” Councilman Jason Haber said.

The council’s division over the town manager hire has made it appear highly dysfunctional to many residents. Mayor Bill Boineau said Wednesday that the council has not been split so definitively on other issues, though.

“The difficult times we’ve had have all been with the one issue,” Boineau said. “I think we do fine together, and we will continue to go in that direction.”

Kinney will move to Snowmass Village with his family and live in the manager residence provided by the town. His term, if he accepts it, will last through July 1, 2016.

Kinney will receive insurance and other benefits such as a $350 car allowance, a $100 cellphone-plan reimbursement and a family recreation-center pass, according to the contract. The town will cover the cost of professional-development associations and workshops and a personal computer for Kinney.

The Town Council will be required to give Kinney 90 days notice and a severance equal to 12 months salary if it terminates him before the end of his contract term. He is required to give 60 days notice if he resigns. Kinney’s performance will be reviewed annually.

In the event that the town terminates his contract, Kinney and his family will be allowed to stay in the town-manager house until 60 days after the end of the school year.

jbeathard@snowmasssun.com


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