Garfield County manager finalists to be named
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Garfield County commissioners are expected to announce at a special meeting this morning their list of finalists for the county manager position.
Commissioners met in a closed-door session with search consultant Phil McKenney during their regular Monday meeting to go over a short list of seven candidates for the job. That list was narrowed down from 53 total applications that were received by the Feb. 27 deadline.
Because the short-list applicants had not been informed of their standing in the search process, the information was kept confidential until the formal announcement of finalists today. The finalists must be contacted before their names can be made public, county attorney Andrew Gorgey said.
The county manager position is being filled after the commissioners decided earlier this year to dismiss longtime county manager Ed Green after 13 years. Gorgey has been acting county manager since the decision was made on Jan. 3.
County commissioners also agreed Monday to an interview process that will include two opportunities late next week for public questioning and input on the manager decision.
The finalists will be invited to Glenwood Springs for a round of interviews on March 29 and 30, after which the commissioners plan to name their choice and make a job offer.
During the morning on Thursday, March 29, each of the finalists will be interviewed by county elected officials other than the county commissioners. That will include the treasurer, clerk and recorder, assessor and sheriff.
“Each of the candidates will come in one at a time, and the interviews will be open to the public,” explained county human resources director Katherine Ross at Monday’s meeting.
Audience members will be allowed to pose written questions to be asked of the candidates, she said.
That afternoon, there will be a public open house with the finalists, during which members of the public and county employees can meet the candidates. Public comments can also be made in writing and left on their way out the door, Ross said.
“It will be more of a relaxed, social event so people can get to know who the individual is outside the more in-depth interview questioning,” she said.
Any comments from the public or employees, as well as the elected officials, will be provided to the county commissioners to be considered on an advisory basis, Gorgey said.
Then, on Friday, March 30, county commissioners will privately interview each of the finalists, he said. The commissioners’ decision on who they would like to hire must be made in open session, Gorgey said.
Meanwhile, former county manager Green, who lives in Rifle, is a finalist for city manager positions in the Denver suburb of Centennial and in Cape Coral, Fla. Interviews for both those jobs are to take place over the next two weeks.
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