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Housing office seeks bigger staff

Jeremy Heiman

The Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority has asked for funding to hire six additional staff members.

The housing office needs an assistant director to replace Mary Roberts, who was promoted to housing director. Also on the department’s wish list are a senior project manager, two project managers, a finance coordinator/

controller and an assistant project manager.

The additional specialists are needed to cope with the planning and construction of 600 housing units in the near future.

“We need the people for the projects we have approval to do so far,” said Cindy Christensen, office manager for the Housing Authority.

The assistant director and senior project manager positions are being advertised now, Christensen said, and interviews will begin Nov. 29 for those positions. Though it’s not certain the two positions will be filled this year, the housing office has included the salaries in a supplemental budget request to the city of Aspen and Pitkin County for the remainder of 1999.

The other positions are included in the department’s budget request for 2000. The Housing Authority’s fiscal year begins Jan. 1. While the assistant director’s position is a permanent position, the other jobs will end after five years, Christensen said.

The authority has only one project manager, Lee Novak, at the present. McCormick and Associates, a consulting firm hired to evaluate the housing program, concluded that the program needs a project manager for every two or perhaps three projects. Novak is currently handling four or five projects, Christensen said. The consultants presented their report Nov. 10.

The list of projects to be built with the aid of the new employees includes: Seventh and Main, Snyder Park, Stillwater and an expansion of the existing Truscott project, Christensen said. A project for Bass Park was also included previously, she said, but the Aspen City Council has not yet decided whether or not to proceed with housing on that parcel.

It’s not clear whether the managers will be needed for the full five years or longer, though.

“We’ll know more when these things are starting to be built,” Christensen said.

Base pay plus benefits for the senior project manager will cost $71,683. The finance coordinator would earn a total of $51,520; the project managers, $44,643; and the assistant project manager, $38,686.


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