Six-figure offer can’t land Basalt’s top manager pick |

Six-figure offer can’t land Basalt’s top manager pick

BASALT ” Basalt appears headed back to square one in its search for a new town manager.

The Town Council directed representatives to offer the job to one of the two candidates last week, but the negotiations didn’t bear fruit, according to Mayor Leroy Duroux.

“I can say the offer was rejected,” he said Monday.

Duroux wouldn’t disclose which of the two candidates was offered the job. The two applicants in the running were Alex Potente, Eagle County managing director of housing and development, as well as assistant county attorney; and Joe Kirby, the Montrose County manager.

It was widely believed among observers that the job was Potente’s if he wanted it. Potente didn’t return repeated phone calls from The Aspen Times.

Duroux said the cost of housing in the Basalt area was a big issue in the negotiations with the town’s choice. The manager’s job was advertised with a salary range of $115,000 to $130,000. The town didn’t offer housing.

“That’s one of the things we need to talk about,” Duroux said.

The council is tentatively scheduled to meet in a closed session Thursday to determine its next move. The town government might have to advertise the job again and begin the search anew.

“I think that’s what’s going to have to happen,” Duroux said.

The board must decide if it will ask current manager Bill Efting to stay in the post and, if so, find out if he is interested. Efting resigned last summer, effective by the end of the year or when a new manager was in place, whichever came first. He hasn’t announced any new employment yet.

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