Aspen city manager returns to work |

Aspen city manager returns to work

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen City Manager Steve Barwick returned briefly to work Friday after a near-death experience more than a week ago, according to his wife, Shirley Tipton.

Barwick underwent a tibial osteotomy, one of the most painful orthopedic knee surgeries known, on Monday, March 8 at Aspen Valley Hospital.

But due to complications of his hospitalization, Barwick had to be resuscitated and wound up in the intensive care unit two days later, the day he was supposed to be discharged, Tipton said.

Barwick planned to spend an hour in his office on the second floor of City Hall Friday and is expected to return to light duty work next week, toting an oxygen tank and crutches.

When he will return full time to his post is unknown, and will depend on how his recovery goes, Tipton said.

When Barwick was in the ICU, Mayor Mick Ireland visited him – he also was admitted to AVH and underwent an appendectomy.

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