Aspen hires capital asset director
ASPEN Aspen has hired a capital asset director a new position established in response to criticism over how city government managed and developed Burlingame Ranch.Scott Miller, a Denver resident with 25 years of experience in the building industry, will oversee strategic planning and management of the citys construction projects, the city announced Monday. Miller, working with the citys finance office, will also assist preparing and implementing a 10-year Capital Asset Management Plan.The city had intended to create a new, two-person Capital Asset Management Department, with a total payroll of $210,000, but the hiring of a second staffer has been put off, given the current economic climate, said Sally Spaulding, city spokeswoman. Miller will earn an annual salary of $112,000.Barry Crook, who had been working as business process manager for the city, is being promoted to assistant city manager and will oversee the housing, human resources, purchasing, business process and community relations departments. He will be responsible for interpreting and implementing the policies and strategic goals set forth by the City Council and city manager. His new annual salary is $105,000.Miller has expertise in residential, multifamily and commercial construction, and has worked as vice president of operations for Amber Homes, Inc. and as operations manager for Ryland Homes, among other positions in the building industry, according to a city press release announcing his hiring. In all, he has experience with more than $1 billion in building projects, the city said.He will start work in Aspen after the Thanksgiving holiday.The city created the new position to oversee city projects in response to recommendations made by outside auditors and a citizen budget task force, which focused their efforts on how to improve the citys performance as a developer.The auditors, Denver-based Alvarez & Marsal, recommended several policy changes, including establishing a separate department that handles the development of large, multimillion-dollar capital improvements. The firm noted the city didnt have the resource capacity to manage a large-scale project like Burlingame Ranch, a worker housing project on the outskirts of town. Only the first phase of Burlingame has been built.Alvarez & Marsal concluded that the lack of knowledge with new city personnel managing Burlingame, and a lack of formalized policies and procedures for development oversight, caused miscommunication with the public regarding the projects costs.
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