New Castle town administrator hired
NEW CASTLE, Colorado – After eight months without one, the town will have a new administrator beginning May 1.Andy Barton of Idaho Falls, Idaho and most recently of Florida, accepted the position and his contract was approved by the town council at the April 8 regular meeting.”We had 18 applicants,” said Town Clerk Lisa Cain. “It was narrowed down to six through phone interviews and then three finalists did face-to-face interviews.”The administrator position was vacated when David Blanchard left in August 2007 after a little more than a year and a half.Barton, 58, said he’s excited about his new job.”What interested me was the size of the town,” he said. “I’ve worked for larger communities and I felt I could make more of a difference here.”Barton has 15 years of experience working as an intern, assistant city manager, deputy city manager and city manager. “New Castle had some similarities with Washington, Florida and other areas I’ve worked for,” he said. “There was a lot of appeal here for me.”Any changes planned when he takes over the reins?”I have some thoughts, but I want to get to know the town better – both the people I work for and work with before I hit the accelerator,” Barton said. “But I do have some plans.”And while the town has filled the town administrator position, it is still looking for someone to fill a vacant seat on the town council, formerly held by Duane Guettler. The position is a four-year term and the person appointed would serve until April 2012.The New Castle Town Council has seven members – six councilors and a mayor – who set town policies in all areas of town services. The board’s regular sessions are on the first and third Tuesdays of the month starting at 7 p.m. at New Castle Town Hall, 450 West Main Street. Compensation is $50 for each regular and special council meeting attended.An applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a registered voter, at least 18 years of age and a New Castle resident for at least one year.Letters of interest will be taken until May 1, 2008 and can be submitted to Town Clerk Lisa Cain, either hand-delivered to town hall, mailed to P.O. Box 90, New Castle, CO 81647, faxed to 984-2716 or emailed to email@example.com.For more information contact Cain at 984-2311.
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