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City names new finance director

Aspen Times Staff Report

Bill Powell, a former Aspenite who has been employed with city government in Wheat Ridge for the past nine and a half years, has been hired as Aspen’s new finance director.

He will succeed David Hurd, who briefly replaced former finance director Tabatha Miller. She left the post in early January. Hurd, the assistant finance director who stepped in as interim director, submitted his resignation last month after accepting a controller position with Frias Properties of Aspen.

Powell, 48, is assistant to the city manager in Wheat Ridge and oversees budget and finance for the Front Range city. Before that, he worked for 15 years in various positions with the city of Aurora.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado. At Wheat Ridge, he has been responsible for directing and implementing the annual budgeting process, purchasing and other tasks. In 1992, he was named Outstanding Assistant City Manager by the Colorado Municipal Management Assistants Association.

From December 1974 to April 1976, Powell said he worked in Aspen at the Aspen Meadows Health Center, teaching fitness classes and handling other tasks.

He has been a regular visitor to Aspen since then. Powell said he has been a past participate in the annual MotherLode volleyball tournament and has worked as a bicycle mechanic for teams participating in local race events.

Powell said Monday he intends to get back into skiing with his return to Aspen, though he’s on crutches these days as a result of a volleyball injury – a torn Achilles tendon. An avid cyclist, Powell said he’ll be bringing both his road bike and mountain bike to Aspen.

Powell’s official starting date has not yet been finalized.

He will earn $72,000 a year, according to City Manager Steve Barwick.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2001


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