Aspen No. 2 in running for Vail No. 1 |

Aspen No. 2 in running for Vail No. 1

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Ed Sadler, assistant city manager in Aspen, is among five finalists for Vail’s vacant town manager’s position.

Interviews with the candidates by citizens, town staffers and the Vail Town Council began yesterday and are continuing today.

Six finalists were selected from a field of 164 applicants, but one withdrew his application for the post. Vail has been searching for a new manager since Bob McLaurin left in March to take the town administrator’s position in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Sadler joined Aspen city government in January 1999 as its assets manager and saw his job duties expanded several times. He was named assistant city manager two years ago and currently supervises Aspen’s project management staffers, who oversee various construction projects, including affordable housing.

The Glenwood Springs resident called the Vail job a “great opportunity.

“This is what I went to school for. It’s part of why I quit state government and took this job,” said Sadler, referring to his Aspen post.

Sadler worked in the Arizona Water Quality Division in 1997-98 after directing Missouri’s hazardous waste programs from 1992-97. He was also director of the Missouri Land Reclamation Program, overseeing surface mining reclamation.

He has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wyoming.

The Vail post carries a base salary of $100,000. Benefits include insurance, retirement, a vehicle, recreation passes and housing in town with an estimated value of $3,400 per month. The town manager supervises 270 full-, part-time and seasonal employees, as well as the town’s $33.4 million budget.

Other candidates for the position include: Elizabeth Black, district manager for the Cooper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District and former town manager for Frisco; Andrew Brabson, a private-sector businessman who built CITRA Strategies International, a management consultant company that merged with a Chinese corporation last year; Clay Brown, a former Frisco town manager who then became regional manager for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs; and Stanley Zemler, president and CEO of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and a former deputy city manager and acting city manager in Boulder.

– [Cliff Thompson of The Vail Daily contributed to this report]

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