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Copp a finalist for Florida city manager job

Glenwood Springs city manager Mike Copp could be headed south after he retires from his 20-year stint in Glenwood Springs.

Copp was selected as one of the top three applicants to manage the city of Oviedo, Fla. ” an announcement that was news to Copp.

“Nobody from the city contacted me,” he said.

Copp found out he was one of the city’s three finalists when a reporter from the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel called him to get an interview. Copp declined to speak to the paper earlier this week because he hadn’t yet received official word from the city.

As of Thursday, the city still hadn’t called him.

“I had a phone interview with them Thursday,” he said. “I haven’t heard back.”

Copp said he’s not yet sure whether he’ll even fly down to Florida for the final interview.

“I’ve got some things going on possibly in Arizona,” he said.

In September, Copp announced he would retire as city manager of Glenwood Springs on April 30.

But instead of kicking back for his retirement, Copp has been seeking work in a city with warmer temperatures.

“We want to be somewhere south and have a house here,” Copp said of himself and his wife, Heather.

“She’s kind of a palm tree kind of person,” he added.

Oviedo Mayor Tom Walters spoke highly of Copp as he explained why he and all the others on the Oviedo City Council chose Copp as a finalist.

“We interviewed Mike via a conference call,” Walters said. “The elected officials each submitted their top three names. Mike was in the top three of all four of us.”

If Copp agrees to visit Oviedo ” a town of 30,000 located just north of Orlando about 40 miles from the eastern beaches ” he would be asked to fly in on Feb. 29. He’d then meet and greet the public there and be interviewed by the Oviedo City Council on March 1.

Then in mid-March, a special session would be held to decide who gets the job.

Copp said no matter what happens, he won’t leave before his scheduled retirement date of April 30.

“I gave them my word,” he said of Glenwood’s City Council.

An outside option for Copp is to stay in Glenwood Springs and do some private consulting work here after he leaves the city.

Meanwhile, Glenwood Springs city officials are getting set to meet the three finalists selected to replace Copp. A public meet-and-greet will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Center.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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