One of six Carbondale manager finalists withdraws |

One of six Carbondale manager finalists withdraws

CARBONDALE – One of six finalists for the Carbondale town manager job, current Elizabeth Town Administrator Chris LeMay, has removed his name from consideration in order to take a position with another municipality in Colorado.

Interviewing in his place later this week will be Shane Hale, current town manager in Grand Lake, according to a press release issued by Carbondale acting town manager Nancy Barnett on Tuesday.

Hale was the first alternate selected when the town manager finalists were announced in early May.

He has served in his current position for the past seven years. Before that he was assistant town manager for Poncha Springs.

Hale is a graduate of the University of Southern Colorado, and earned a master’s degree in public policy administration from the University of Colorado.

He joins a group of finalists that also includes former Pitkin County assistant manager and Garfield County assistant attorney Deborah Quinn; former Frisco town manager Elizabeth “EA” Black; current Cortez City Manager Jay Harrington; former Monte Vista Main Street and Economic Development Director John Lyons; and current Ypsilanti, Mich., Assistant City Manager April McGrath.

The finalists were chosen from 62 initial applicants. The Carbondale town manager job came open when the town’s Board of Trustees chose not to renew the contract of former Town Manager Tom Baker at the end of last year.

The finalists will be in Carbondale this Friday for a town tour and a community reception from 5-7 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall. Citizens are encouraged to stop by and meet the candidates and ask any questions.

On Saturday, the candidates will be formally assessed by the town board, as well as two other interview panels, one made up of town staff members and another made up of citizens.

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