Aspen hires assistant city manager
Sara Ott has been hired as Aspen’s new assistant city manager, officials announced Wednesday.
Ott currently is the township administrator of Washington Township in Ohio and has served in that position since April 2014. She was selected out of a pool of 147 applicants, the city said.
“Sara stood out for her strong background in local government leadership and her impressive research of Aspen and insightful understanding of our community,” City Manager Steve Barwick said in a statement. “She also met with many of our senior level managers and received positive feedback from those interactions.”
Ott’s first job was doing community service in her local government in the town where she went to high school, and she has been working in the public sector ever since. In addition to being a township administrator, she has worked as a senior project manager and accreditation coordinator in Dublin, Ohio.
Ott replaces prior Assistant City Manager Randy Ready. Her starting salary is $137,000, and she will begin in early May, the city said. She will be moving with her husband and two children into city employee housing in Water Place.
“We are looking forward to being part of the community, and I’m excited to begin working with the staff and City Council,” she said.
Ott has a bachelor’s degree in politics and government and urban studies from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s of public administration from the University of Kansas. She has worked for cities in Missouri, Kansas and Ohio, and has also completed leadership training with the University of Virginia and the International City/County Management Association.
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