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Pitkin County manager’s post attracts 42 ‘diverse’ candidates

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Correspondent
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Forty-two individuals are interested in being Pitkin County’s next county manager.

Applications for the post were due Oct. 12; the county revealed the number of applications Wednesday. The applicants represent “a diverse and experienced” group of candidates from around the country, including individuals who have ties to Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region and the Western Slope, the county said.

Executive search firm KRW Associates LLC will work with the county’s Leadership Team, made up of executive staff members, to whittle the list to five to 10 candidates. They are scheduled to meet today. Those names will be submitted to county commissioners, who will select the finalists – a group that is expected to include three to five candidates – who will be invited for interviews that take place in November.

The names of the finalists will be made public after the individuals are notified. Commissioners are scheduled to decide on the finalists on Oct. 26.

Last month, Fred Rainguet of KRW Associates told commissioners he expected 30 to 70 applicants, and possibly more, to apply for the job, vacated by former County Manager Hilary Fletcher.

Fletcher was earning $177,000 annually when she left the post; commissioners decided to set a base salary of $135,000 for her successor, with the ability for a candidate to negotiate higher pay, depending on their qualifications.

Interviews with the finalists will involve commissioners, county staffers and members of the community.

Commissioners met Monday behind closed doors to discuss a list of citizens who might be invited to participate in the interviews as the community representatives.

Two groups will each interview the candidates, according to Nan Sundeen, director of Health and Human Services and one of two staff liaisons working with commissioners and Rainguet on the search. An internal panel will be made up of 14 county employees coming from all ranks, she said. An external panel will include several representatives of the community along with the commissioners and the commissioner-elect – the individual who wins election to the District 1 seat on Nov. 2.


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