Copp offers to stay on as search for city manager continues |

Copp offers to stay on as search for city manager continues

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” City manager Mike Copp said he could extend his tenure as administrative head for a few more months while the City Council searches for his replacement.

Meanwhile, City Council has issued a request for proposals to help in its quest to find the right city manager.

Both topics will be discussed at council’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Copp announced in September that he planned to retire April 30 after 20 years on the job. He figured that would be plenty of time for the city to find a new city manager.

But he was wrong.

Since that time, the city took months whittling a list of more than 60 candidates to three. Then, after two of those final three dropped out, they told the last candidate she wouldn’t be getting the job.

That brought City Council back to square one, and it could take months to finally find the right person.

To fill in the time between Copp’s retirement and the hiring of a new city manager, City Council had been considering hiring a temporary replacement.

The high expense of that option prompted Copp to step forward and say he’d be willing to stay longer.

“It’s going to be council’s decision if they want to go past April 30 in 30-day increments as-needed,” Copp said.

Council is using a request for proposals to try to find an executive consulting service to administer the search for a city manager.

Proposals are due at 2 p.m. on March 29. The rest of the hiring timeline has not been determined.

Copp didn’t say how long he’s willing to stay on as city manager.

“It’s in flux,” he said. “It’s time for me (to go) and it’s time for them, so it probably won’t be long term.”

Also on the agenda, City Council will:

– Hold a work session with the Colorado Department of Transportation at 4 p.m.

– Consider a rate increase for septic sludge.

– Consider an intergovernmental agreement with Garfield County regarding parking lot usage.

– Consider the timing and funding for the rebuilding of the intersection at 8th Street and Midland Avenue.

– Consider whether to fund additional firefighter positions from the Glenwood Springs Fire District reserve funds.

– Make appointments to the Contractor Licensing Board and Transportation Commission.

– Consider reaffirming a 1999 resolution regarding the relocation of Highway 82.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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