Still no new administrator at New Castle town hall |

Still no new administrator at New Castle town hall

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Town officials held a closed-door session Tuesday to talk about the selection of a new town administrator.

“There’s no problem. We’re just going through the steps,” said council member Mary Metzger. Timing for choosing the new administrator is uncertain, she said.

Acting administrator Mike Edgar has been filling in since Andy Barton quit in April to take a job as town manager in Mesquite, Nev.

The town is trying to choose between four candidates: former Carbondale town manager Tom Baker, former Snowmass Village assistant town manager Leslie Klusmire, former Venice, Fla., city manager Martin Black, and Monte Vista town manager Don Van Wormer.

Interviews with the candidates and a “meet-and-greet” event for local residents took place on July 18, and officials said at the time they expected to make their selection quickly.

“It’s not been filled yet,” Edgar told the Post Independent on Wednesday. “We thought it would be done by now, too.”

The town council went behind closed doors at its regular meeting, with attorney Dave McConaughy, to get legal advice about negotiations in the selection process.

Edgar said the list of candidates remains the same, but declined to say more about the matter.

In other action the town council:

• Agreed to amend the town code to permit business property owners to pay the same cemetery rates as residential property owners. The code change is necessary to put the town in compliance with state law, according to Edgar.

• Learned from Walter Bolen of Warrior Custom Golf, new owner of the Lakota Canyon Golf Club, that plans for the facility include construction of a new clubhouse and condominiums for visiting players.

Bolen, who is director of investments for Warrior, said the company is still putting together a management team and an operational plan for the facility, according to Edgar.

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