Glenwood’s Hecksel a finalist for Delta manager
Jeff Hecksel, the city manager for Glenwood Springs since 2004 whose future with the city has been in question of late, is a finalist for the Delta city manager position.
The Delta City Council on Tuesday named Hecksel among three finalists for the vacant city manager’s job, following the resignation last month of Justin Clifton, who took the city manager’s job in Sedona, Arizona.
The Delta announcement was made in a press release posted Wednesday on the city website.
“In some ways, Delta is very similar in nature to Glenwood Springs,” Hecksel told the Post Independent.
Hecksel said he had informed the Glenwood City Council earlier this spring that he was applying for the Delta job. He said he has not applied for any other positions.
“Glenwood Springs is a great place, and I think Delta is as well,” Hecksel said. “I am pretty selective about where I choose to look for work, and where I choose to go. That was the case when I applied for the job in Glenwood Springs.”
Questions have swirled recently around Hecksel’s future in Glenwood Springs. Earlier this month, Glenwood City Council called a special meeting to review the contracts of Hecksel as well as former city attorney Jan Shute and Municipal Judge Victor Zerbi.
Following a four-hour executive session, council accepted Shute’s resignation and eliminated the in-house city attorney’s position, deciding instead to go with contract legal counsel.
No action was taken at the time regarding to Hecksel’s or Zerbi’s contracts, however.
Glenwood Springs Mayor Mike Gamba acknowledged before that meeting that he has expressed some concerns during recent performance reviews for the city manager and attorney in particular.
Gamba did compliment Hecksel and the other council-hired employees as “very competent, qualified individuals.”
Hecksel declined to say if the recent questions around his status as Glenwood city manager played into his decision to apply for the Delta position.
Also named as finalists in Delta were Todd Hollenbeck, currently the director for the Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office in Grand Junction; and Christopher Lowe, currently the city administrator in Baldwin, Kansas.
The final candidates were chosen from among 43 applicants. The finalists will be interviewed for the Delta position on June 11 and 12, including an opportunity to meet with community members.
Hecksel became city manager of Glenwood Springs in September 2004 after being city manager in Monmouth, Oregon, since 1998. He has served in municipal government for 31 years after earning his bachelor’s degree in local government administration and a master’s in public administration.
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