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Efting had sought to replace Copp

Bill Efting also had applied for the Glenwood city manager position before being hired by the town of Basalt.

In an interview Tuesday, he called his hiring “just a matter of timing.” Glenwood Springs wasn’t as far along in its city manager search when the Basalt offer came along.

“There aren’t that many great jobs that open up. … You can’t let good opportunities pass you up,” he said.

Efting, 50, had served for seven months as parks and recreation director in Glenwood.

“I liked going back into parks and recreation, but I like being a town manager,” he said.

His previous government work has ranged from recreation director in Aspen to town manager in Avon.

He applied for the Glenwood city manager job following Mike Copp’s announcement last year that he plans to step down from that position.

“Glenwood’s been a great experience. Mike has been wonderful to work with. I kept him informed of this,” he said in reference to his application for the Basalt job.

He said he likes small towns such as Glenwood. While here, he has been involved in construction of new tennis courts at the community center, getting work started on a pool there, and watching the success of the center’s ice rink this winter.

“I feel good about what I did in Glenwood,” he said.

His last day on the job in Glenwood will be Feb. 4. He starts his job in Basalt on Feb. 10.

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