Glenwood selects city manager
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – It’s unanimous: Jeff Hecksel was chosen to become Glenwood’s new city manager. The Glenwood Springs City Council picked Hecksel, 43, of Monmouth, Ore., at a special meeting Friday morning. He will replace 20-year veteran city manager Mike Copp.”It was extremely close between the three,” Mayor Larry Emery said. “I think it just boiled down to management style.”Hecksel has already verbally accepted the job, so it’s down to the formalities of signing the contract and passing the city’s physical. “I thought his personality and style were a good match for our community,” Councilman Bruce Christensen said. “He has a lot of experience, probably more direct experience than the other two.”Although council members agreed that it was difficult to choose between three qualified candidates, Hecksel was a 5-0 unanimous vote. He won the job over Robert Larson of West St. Paul, Minn., and L. Kelly Udall of Federal Heights. “It was a terribly difficult decision,” Councilman Joe O’Donnell said. “I was impressed with his background, and I think he’ll fit in with our community.”
Hecksel has been city manager of Monmouth, a city of 8,200 people with an annual budget of $19.3 million and 47 full-time employees, since 1998. Glenwood Springs has a population of 8,200, a yearly budget of $35 million and 162 full-time employees. Hecksel verbally agreed to a yearly salary of $104,000 plus instant seniority, which gives him four weeks of vacation per year. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s in local government administration from Central Michigan University.city manager: see page 3 city manager: from page 1 “I would say our whole family is very excited about it,” Hecksel said after learning that he landed the job. Hecksel will be moving to Colorado with his wife, Toni, and his two young boys, Phillip and David.
“For a long time, I’d say a good 10 years, the Western Slope of Colorado has been an area of the country I’ve been interested in,” Hecksel said. He describes himself as an outdoorsy kind of guy who likes fishing, hiking and bicycling. “The whole family likes to be outdoors,” he said. With a new pool under construction and the Hot Springs Pool being one of Glenwood’s main attractions, Hecksel said Toni should feel right at home. “My wife is a competitive swimmer, and a very good one, I must say,” he said. Hecksel said there are a lot of similarities between Monmouth and Glenwood Springs. “Every city I’ve worked in has been a public power city,” he said, referring to cities with their own electric systems. “I’ve enjoyed that, and I’m experienced in it.” Monmouth, like Glenwood, also has its own broadband system.
“That’s something I enjoy living with,” he said.He also has been part of a revitalization effort in downtown Monmouth, something he plans to continue here. “It seems that there’s a great deal of interest in the downtown,” he said. Originally hailing from the small town of Grand Haven, Mich., then spending years in larger cities, Hecksel said he’s looking forward to getting back to small-town living.He’s slated to start work on Sept. 7.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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