Aspen appoints new assistant city manager
Aspen has named Bentley Henderson, a former town government official in Carbondale, assistant city manager overseeing the Housing, Engineering and Asset Management departments.He takes the post that Ed Sadler, who has accepted a job as city manager in Webster City, Iowa, vacated Friday.Henderson spent 13 years working for the town of Carbondale in various capacities before a brief stint in the private sector. He joined the city of Aspen last February as a purchaser and property manager, working under Sadler.”The opportunity for me to return to the public sector presented itself,” Henderson said Monday. “I feel very fortunate that is has turned into the opportunity that it has.”Three city staffers applied for Sadler’s post, according to City Manager Steve Barwick, who selected Henderson. He will be one of two assistant city managers at Aspen City Hall; Randy Ready is the other.Henderson’s tenure in Carbondale included stints as assistant town manager from July 2000 to December 2004 and interim town manager for about six months in 2004. He was a candidate for Carbondale town manager – a job that ultimately went to Tom Baker. Henderson was also special projects assistant and a building official in Carbondale.During his tenure with Carbondale, Henderson was integrally involved in the tumultuous community debate over the Crystal River Marketplace – a commercial development that town staffers recommended and that Carbondale trustees ultimately approved, though voters later shot it down.He also participated on Carbondale’s Budget Development Committee and oversaw local affordable housing programs, land-use issues, coordinated transportation-related activities with the Colorado Department of Transportation and acted as the town’s risk manager. In addition, he worked on the creation of the town’s Home Rule Charter.Henderson currently serves on the board of directors for the Carbondale Housing Authority. In Aspen, his oversight of the city’s housing program will include construction of Burlingame Ranch, a large worker housing project now under construction on the outskirts of town. As the city continues with an internal reorganization, Henderson eventually will take on the oversight of additional departments, according to city officials.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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