Gorgey considered for interim Glenwood city manager
Glenwood Springs City Council will consider appointing former Garfield County manager Andrew Gorgey as interim city manager, thus severing ties completely with outgoing longtime City Manager Jeff Hecksel.
According to a news release issued Wednesday night by Mayor Michael Gamba, council will decide at its Dec. 3 meeting whether to extend a six-month contract to Gorgey. If approved, he would step into the interim manager’s position on Dec. 7 and Hecksel’s last day would be Dec. 4.
“We considered various options,” Gamba said in the release. “Knowing that major projects including the Grand Avenue Bridge construction are imminent, we felt it was important to move forward with the transition to an interim manager now rather than later.”
Council solicited resumes for an interim city manager from a variety of interested candidates and reviewed them last week, Gamba said.
Gorgey most recently served as the Garfield County manager from 2012 until this past July when he and the county commissioners agreed to part ways. The county is also in the final stages of hiring a new county manager.
During the interim period, the city will launch a nation-wide search for a permanent city manager using the services of Slavin Management Consultants, Gamba said.
Hecksel’s dismissal would presumably come with a severance deal, although Gamba could not be reached for comment Wednesday night beyond his press release statement.
Hecksel, who has been city manager for 11 years, has been actively searching for a new job since council decided in early August not to renew his two-year rolling contract. He was allowed a year’s notice of nonrenewal under his contract, allowing him to stay through August of next year. The contract also called for nine-months’ severance on Hecksel’s $130,874 salary in the event of early dismissal.
However, he and council recently signed a separation agreement extending his employment until Feb. 1, 2016 but also allowing the city to exercise early dismissal with month-to-month salary until he finds new employment, or until August of next year, whichever comes first.
Hecksel’s tenure as Glenwood city manager came into question last spring following the election of two new council members. That resulted in a 4-3 decision by council in early August to end his contract.
Hecksel has recently been a finalist for two city manager jobs, one in Delta and another in Moses Lake, Washington, neither of which resulted in job offers.
“Jeff is a true professional in every respect,” Gamba said in the press release. “He has had a wonderful career with the city of Glenwood Springs. We are grateful for his service and wish him the very best going forward.”
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