Former GarCo manager Green lands Florida job
Former Garfield County manager Ed Green, who was dismissed by the county commissioners in January, has been named as the new village manager for North Palm Beach, Fla.
Green, who has lived in Rifle during his 14 years in Garfield County, is expected to start his new job next month, according to a report in The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday.
“The [Garfield County Commission] wanted to micromanage,” Green told the newspaper, explaining the reasoning behind his unexpected dismissal Jan. 3, less than two months after he had been given a one-year contract extension.
“I had a conflict with the commission,” he said.
That didn’t dissuade the North Palm Beach village council from voting 5-0 to offer Green the position on May 17, according to the newspaper.
Green, 63, had been earning $133,000 as Garfield County manager. North Palm Beach officials are reportedly negotiating an annual salary for Green of between $110,000 and $140,000.
Green had also been named a finalist for several county and municipal manager positions in Colorado and across the country, including in Centennial near Denver and in La Plata County in southwest Colorado. Most recently, he was named as a finalist for the county manager’s position in Clatsop County, Ore.
The Palm Beach Post noted in its report that, while Garfield County has a population of about 57,000 people in a county that covers 3,000 square miles, North Palm Beach covers just 6 square miles and has 13,000 residents. The village budget is $18 million, compared to Garfield County’s $118 million budget.
Meanwhile, Garfield County commissioners announced Monday that they will resume their search for a new county manager after rejecting five finalists for the position last month.
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