David Blanchard accepts position as New Castle town administrator
NEW CASTLE – David Blanchard is looking forward to his new duties when he assumes the New Castle town administrator position on April 5.Blanchard, who was one of 32 applicants and five finalists, accepted the job on March 7. He replaces former longtime mayor and town administrator Steve Rippy, who officially resigned from the position on Feb. 28.A native Coloradan and registered engineer, Blanchard, 61, most recently worked as the city manager in Blackhawk from 2000 to 2003. He was previously city administrator from 1989 to 2000 in Higginsville, Mo.A personnel committee, along with the town board, chose Blanchard for the job.”We all felt like he was very qualified for the job,” Rippy said. “His background with other communities was very similar to the operations in New Castle. And his track record is fairly long-term.”Blanchard has been married to his wife, Claudia, for 41 years and has two sons – David, who is married with two children in Abilene, Texas, and William, who is in college in Oklahoma City.Blanchard’s family history in Colorado goes back to the 1880s, and he says he’s excited about moving to New Castle and working for the town.”I enjoy the work – the challenges you get in city management,” he said. “And obviously there’s nothing not to love about living (in New Castle).”Growth is an issue for the town, but Blanchard said he doesn’t expect to come in and make any major changes.”Like I told the council, I wouldn’t do anything drastic,” Blanchard said. “Everything I’ve seen so far has been positive, and the staff is positive. The town is obviously growing, and growing rapidly. Those are things I’m going to be looking at. It’s going to be a matter of looking at the challenges for the future.”Blanchard will assume his duties the day after the town’s April 4 municipal election, in which voters will elect a new mayor.
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