Eagle launches town manager search
Eagle Valley Enterprise
EAGLE — The Eagle Town Board officially announced its town manager vacancy last week, and anyone hoping to nab the job will have less than three weeks to file a completed application.
The formal announcement appeared on the town’s website and on several other digital forums. The deadline for completed application packets is 5 p.m. Jan. 22.
The short timeline for the manager opening stands in contrast to Eagle’s previous town manager search. When the former town board hired Jon Stavney, the application filing period opened in December 2012, lasted more than three months and produced 40 applicants. The town completed an extensive background check on the three finalists, and the entire process took nearly six months.
The Eagle opening has the shortest filing deadline of any of the administrative openings currently listed on the Colorado Municipal League website. The city of Louisville listed its planning and building safety director opening Jan. 4 and will accept applications through Feb. 15. The city of Englewood is looking for a director of community development and listed the job on Dec. 19, with an application deadline of Jan. 18. That’s also the application schedule for the town of Silverthorne’s search for a director of finance and administrative services.
What’s the hurry?
“Since the town’s last manager search over two years ago, the use of digital advertising for executive positions has grown significantly and has become the norm,” said a statement from the town board. “In reviewing standards and practices, it is commonplace to use digital and social media as well as executive contact lists to seek candidates. The job posting is instantaneous and is a more efficient and cost-effective means for advertising the position. The interview and vetting process is quicker given the many resources available digitally.”
The board anticipates that the interview process will take approximately two weeks and hopes to make a hiring decision by mid-March. That timetable has potential for controversy.
In April, five of the seven Eagle Town Board seats, including the mayor seat, will be up for election. As prescribed by Colorado statute, the newly seated board will act on the reappointment of town officers, specifically the town manager, town clerk and town attorney. As a result, a newly elected board could dismiss a town manager hired by the current board only weeks prior to the election.
“The town (board) does not subscribe to the notion that we should suspend progress on any tasks, including the manager search, simply because an election is pending,” said the board’s statement.
Stavney, a former Eagle County commissioner and Eagle mayor, resigned last month after being suspended in November for reasons the town board did not specify.
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