Basalt hires Kansas city administrator as town manager |

Basalt hires Kansas city administrator as town manager

BASALT – The Basalt Town Council voted Monday night to hire Mike Scanlon, the city administrator of Mission, Kan., as its next town manager.

The council voted 5-0 to approve a contract to hire Scanlon, contingent on a reference check. He already has accepted the contract and plans to submit his notice to resign his current job on Tuesday, according to Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt. Scanlon will be paid $125,000 in annual salary, and he will receive a housing allowance of “a couple thousand per month” for a year, Whitsitt said.

Scanlon was the unanimous choice of the Basalt board, though members Anne Freedman and Glenn Rappaport couldn’t attend Monday’s special meeting to approve the contract. Whitsitt said Scanlon was also the unanimous recommendation from a Basalt citizens’ committee, town staff and a committee composed of western Colorado town and city managers.

Scanlon has a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri, according to a biography provided by Basalt. He formerly served as the chief financial officer for the city of Merriam, Kan., and as a senior budget analyst for the city of Kansas City, Mo.

He was one of six finalists for the post, which became vacant in late August with the retirement of Bill Kane. The finalists were interviewed by the council and committees in late September. A headhunter helped the council narrow the field of applicants.

“We had a pile of really good applicants,” Whitsitt said. She pointed to Scanlon’s “professionalism, experience and demeanor” as qualities that earned him the job.

The town’s goal was to have a new manager in place by December, and Whitsitt said she believes that is still on track. The contract was arranged after a period of negotiations.

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