City manager search down to 3 finalists |

City manager search down to 3 finalists

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Three people have been chosen as finalists to replace Mike Copp as Glenwood Springs city manager.

Copp is retiring from his position as city manager May 1 after 20 years on the job.

Two of the finalists are from Colorado ” one from right here in the Roaring Fork Valley ” and the third is from Illinois.

They are:

– Mark A. Collins, city manager of Gunnison since 1996 and former town manager of Grand Lake.

– Elizabeth V. Suerth, deputy town manager of Basalt since 2001.

– Douglas G. Williams, village manager for Winnetka, Ill., since 1992, and former city manager of Ellensburg, Wash., and Highland, Ill.

“We were very pleased at the quality of candidates we received,” said Sebrina Hoffmeister, human resources director for Glenwood Springs.

In all, 60 people applied for the job. After reading the candidates’ resumes and other materials, the pool was thinned to 12.

“We asked those 12 people to submit videotapes and write an essay about questions we prepared for them,” Hoffmeister said.

Out of those 12, five were chosen. Three of them chose to move forward in the process.

Now that the field has been narrowed to three, City Council will become involved in the process.

Hoffmeister said council will have a chance to meet the candidates on Tuesday, Feb. 10, during an executive session that day. The candidates also will meet with Copp one at a time for a half-hour interview.

At 5 p.m. that day, it’s the public’s turn to meet the finalists. Each will be on hand at the Community Center from 5-6:30 p.m.

The day will end with a private social function at which Glenwood Springs city department heads can mingle with the candidates.

Council could make its final decision on who gets the job at its next regular meeting on Feb. 17.

“Hopefully we’ll make a decision on who to give a conditional offer or give a second interview,” Hoffmeister said. “Mike’s leaving May 1 and we obviously want to have a person here before that.”

The city’s plan is to bring in the new city manager a few weeks before Copp retires so he can help with a transition that hasn’t happened here since 1984.

“It’ll depend on our candidate and their current commitment to their employer,” Hoffmeister said.

Even before council meets the three finalists, Hoffmeister said the city is conducting vigorous background checks.

“We also asked candidates to provide three past city council members or mayors they’ve worked for,” she said. “We’re being really thorough. It’s an important position.”

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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