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Garfield County manager finalists named

Garfield County on Thursday announced three final candidates to interview with county commissioners for the open county manager position.

The interviews will be late next week, followed by a public meet-and-greet Nov. 20.

Among the finalists is Kevin Batchelder, the current acting Garfield County manager and deputy manager; current La Plata County Manager Joseph Kerby; and Tim Boyde, director of administrative services and chief clerk for Centre County, Pennsylvania.



County commissioners are seeking to replace former county manager Andrew Gorgey, with whom the commissioners agreed to part ways in early July over what Commission Chairman John Martin said were “personality conflicts” within county government.

Gorgey had been county manager since mid-2012, and prior to that was the county attorney for a year.



Batchelder came to Garfield County in April 2014 with more than 26 years of local government administration experience, according to a county news release issued Thursday evening.

He previously served as Silverthorne town manager for 13 years and held administrative positions in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. He earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Colorado State University.

Kerby, in addition to his current La Plata County manager position, spent 20 years with the city of Colorado Springs in the utility, finance and information technology departments. He has also held city manager positions in Delta, and in Neodesha and Iola, Kansas.

He has a master’s degree in business/computer resource management from Webster University in St. Louis, and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology/gerontology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Boyde has 12 years of experience as a county administrator in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and 27 years in local government. In his current position, he manages the day-to-day operations of Centre County.

He received his master’s degree in liberal arts from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, and a bachelor of science degree in education from Salem College in North Carolina.

Garfield County required at least seven years of experience in local government management in its search for a new manager, which was conducted internally by the county human resources department.

The finalists will be in town for two days of interviews on Nov. 19 and 20. On the first day, candidates will interview with Garfield County elected officials other than the commissioners, as well as the county attorney and department heads.

On Nov. 20, the candidates will interview with the board of commissioners in an executive session. Kerby and Boyde will also participate in a tour of county facilities.

Members of the public are invited to meet the candidates during a reception from 5-7 p.m. that night at the Hotel Colorado.


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