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Snowmass trims list of candidates for town manager

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

With the help of a corporate psychologist, the Snowmass Village Town Council has completed its evaluations of five candidates for its open town manager position.

And the leading candidate is expected to be named on May 21, after a required two-week period in which the candidates’ names have to be made public.

The council interviewed the candidates on Tuesday. On Wednesday the board listened as Dennis Whittaker, a corporate psychologist from North Carolina, gave them his evaluation of each candidate’s intelligence, self-esteem and communication skills.

“I think everybody felt it was a very useful tool and that it validated our own thought processes,” said Councilman Dick Virtue of the use of the psychologist, which cost about $7,000.

Virtue has used Whittaker in the past to help hire managers at his private sector companies.

The five candidates are: David E. Clyne of Denver, Scott A. Hahn of Salida, Kim Kupper Oshinski of Golden, Stephen J. Pauken of Berthod and D. Michael Segrest of Littleton.

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Four of the five candidates have previous experience in Colorado town government.

Clyne is currently the town administrator in Morrison and is the former town manager of Nederland. He has a master’s degree in public administration and a law degree, as well as 12 years of municipal management experience.

Hahn worked as the town administrator in Salida and has also been town manager of Hayden and Erie. He also has a master’s degree in public administration.

Oshinski’s professional experience is in the private sector, where she has been a corporate manager and an in-house lawyer for a variety of companies.

Pauken is the former administrator of Berthod. Prior to that, he was a regional sales manager for a compressor company for five years.

Segrest is the former director of community resources for Lakewood and was also the assistant city manager in Boulder and the assistant director of operations in Austin, Texas.

While the leading candidate has not been publicly identified, Virtue said that one of the five has been asked to tell the council what it would take for him to take the job, which pays in the $80,000 to $100,000 range.

“We’ve asked the candidate that we like to come back with what he would like,” said Virtue. “He understands what the market is.”

He said the leading candidate “had a strategic bent to all of his thinking” and that he has had “quite a bit of responsibility” in his earlier positions.