Pitkin County narrows search for new manager
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – A couple of candidates have emerged as the top choices for the Pitkin County manager’s post following a full day of interviews Friday in Aspen, according to George Newman, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
Five candidates were selected for interviews from among 42 applicants. A panel of county staffers interviewed the finalists at the county library, while the commissioners and several community members conducted interviews at the Rio Grande meeting room.
“They were all very strong candidates,” Newman said. “It was a good discussion.
“We’ve got one top choice,” he added.
The county’s executive search consultant will be contacting all of the candidates and offering the job first to the top pick, Newman said. A background and reference check, and some contract negotiation is expected to occur before any selection is announced, he said.
The commissioners had scheduled an executive session on Monday, in case they wanted to reconvene and discuss the candidates further. That meeting won’t be necessary, Newman said.
Interviewed for the post were: Phylis Mattice, currently serving as the county’s interim manager; Tom Baker, town manager in Carbondale; Scott Vargo, assistant county manager in Summit County; John Peacock, former county administrator in Mesa County; and Frank Lancaster, county manager in Larimer County.
Commissioners set a base salary of $135,000 for the post, with the ability for the candidate to negotiate higher pay, depending on their experience.
The new county manager will succeed Hilary Fletcher, who left the job in September to take a position in the private sector.
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