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Garfield commissioners reject county manager finalists

John StroudPost Independent staffGlenwood Springs CO, Colo.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Garfield County commissioners this afternoon rejected all five of the candidates that had been presented to them as finalists for the county manager position.The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted 3-0 not to select any of the five, and to instead seek a new slate of candidates from search consultants Peckham & McKenney in the coming months. The time frame for resuming the search will be determined at a later date.”When we went into this process, we wanted to make sure our head hunter knew exactly what we were looking for, and I believe we accomplished that,” Commission Chairman John Martin said.”We also agreed we wanted to make sure our selection was knock-your-socks off for all three commissioners,” he said. “And if not, that we needed to continue the search.”Commissioner Mike Samson said any of the five county manager finalists could do the job.”But that individual needs to be what (we) feel is the right fit for Garfield County,” Samson said. “I did not feel that any of these five were the right fit.” The decision follows an extensive round of interviews last Thursday and Friday. The process included multiple interview panels involving all county elected officials and county government department heads, plus a public reception where citizens comments were encouraged.The group of finalists had included: Ronald Teck, intergovernmental operations officer for El Paso County and a former Colorado state senator and Mesa County assessor; Lynda Boswell of Leavenworth, Kan., an international local government consultant with QED LLC and Mercy Corps International; former Lincoln County, N.M. manager Thomas Stewart; current Taos County, N.M. Deputy County Manager Richard Bellis; and James Wilson, interim finance director for the city of Altus, Okla.Garfield County Attorney Andrew Gorgey will continue as acting county manager for the interim. However, the commissioners expressed concern about stretching Gorgey too thin between the manager and attorney duties until a new county manager can be hired. Gorgey will present some options at a future BOCC meeting for sharing the various duties between the two

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