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Carbondale names six finalists for town manager position

CARBONDALE, Colorado – The Carbondale Board of Trustees has announced six finalists for the vacant Carbondale town manager’s job, including five with ties to Colorado, one locally from the Roaring Fork Valley, and one candidate from Michigan.

The finalists were selected from a group of 62 initial applicants. The job came open when the town board chose not to renew the contract of former town manager Tom Baker at the end of last year.

The six finalists will be invited to Carbondale for a town tour and a community reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Carbondale Town Hall.



“Community members will have the opportunity to meet with and listen to a brief presentation by each candidate,” according to a town press release.

The candidates will then be assessed by three different interview panels on Saturday, June 4. One panel will be the town board members, another will include town staff members and another will be made up of community members.



Any citizens wishing to serve on the community interview panel can obtain an application at Town Hall, or on the town’s website at http://www.carbondalegov.org.

Following is a short biography on each of the finalists:

Elizabeth “EA” Black is the town manager for Frisco. She has also worked as the district manager for Copper Mountain, as manager for both Kremmling and Hot Sulphur Springs in Grand County, and as the executive director for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority in Steamboat Springs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in geography and planning from Montclair State University, as well as a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Wyoming.

Jay Harrington is the current city manager in Cortez. He has 17 years of city and town management experience in mountain communities, having served as the town manager for Telluride and Pagosa Springs. He also has served as a senior planner for La Plata County in Durango. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Saint Lawrence University, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Chris La May has been the town administrator for Elizabeth for the past seven years. He also served as a budget analyst for Adams County, was an intern in the city manager’s office for the city of Tucson, Ariz., and was a special projects coordinator for the town of Mt. Crested Butte. He earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation resource management from Colorado State University, and a master’s degree in public administration and policy from the University of Arizona.

John Lyons has most recently served as the Main Street and Economic Development Director for the city of Monte Vista. He also served as the town manager for Mancos and assistant town manager for Erie. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fort Lewis College, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver.

April McGrath is currently the assistant city manager in Ypsilanti, Mich., a community of about 22,000 which supports Eastern Michigan University, where she also serves as the administrative services director. She oversees planning and community development as well as human resources for the city, and coordinates the city’s budget committee. She also led a team to establish an economic development plan for the city, focusing on community partnerships. McGrath earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Grand Valley State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Baker College in Muskegon, Mich.

Deborah Quinn is the only local candidate. She served as the Pitkin County assistant county manager for five years, supervising the managers of public works and the airport. She also served as the assistant county attorney for Pitkin County, and most recently served as the assistant county attorney for Garfield County. She has certification and experience in emergency management and the Incident Command System, as well as certification and experience in facilitation and the resolution of public policy disputes. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Delaware, as well as a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.


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