Carbondale to narrow town manager candidate field |

Carbondale to narrow town manager candidate field

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Town board members have whittled a list of 62 applicants for the town manager’s job to six potential finalists.

They will be contacted over the next week to make sure they’re still interested. The application period closed earlier this month.

Town trustees are looking to fill the position vacated at the end of last year when the board decided not to renew former town manager Tom Baker’s contract.

Trustees, working with consultant Fred Rainguet, began advertising the position earlier this year. The applications received were from all over the country, but many of the candidates already have connections in Colorado, Rainguet said.

“The town is looking at six finalists to come to Carbondale for interviews sometime in early June,” he said. “It will take about a week or so to contact everyone.”

The names of the finalists will not be made public until sometime in May, Rainguet said.

A community “meet-and-greet” is planned the night before the interviews, where the public can come and ask questions of the candidates, Mayor Stacey Bernot said at the Tuesday night town board meeting.

Three different panels will conduct the actual interviews, one made up of the town’s elected trustees, one made up of town staff, and a community panel made up of citizens.

Trustees will appoint about six or seven citizens to the community panel, seeking a group of nominees who can bring different viewpoints, backgrounds and experience to the process, Bernot said.

A specific date for the interviews has not been set.

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