Tom Baker gets nod for New Castle administrator
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Tom Baker, former town manager for Carbondale and Basalt, has been offered the chance to do the same job for the town of New Castle.
According to a proposed “employment agreement” that will be considered by the Town Council tonight, Baker is being offered the job of town administrator, at $88,000 a year, plus benefits.
The agreement, attached to the Town Council agenda for tonight’s meeting, did not indicate when Baker is expected to start work.
Baker replaces former administrator Andy Barton, who left in May to take a job as town manager in Mesquite, Ariz. At the time he left, Barton was being paid $96,700 a year.
The council offered the job to Baker after also considering former Snowmass Village assistant town manager Leslie Klusmire, former Venice, Fla., city manager Martin Black, and Monte Vista town manager Don Van Wormer.
In addition to his salary, Baker will receive certain benefits, including use of a town-owned car for official purposes, and for commuting to and from work.
Baker, who currently lives in Carbondale, also will be required to move to the New Castle area within a year, under the provisions of the proposed contract.
The town has agreed to pay up to $3,500 in relocation expenses to make the move, and the contract states that “failure to do so [move] shall automatically terminate this agreement” unless Baker and the town agree to extend the deadline.
Baker has logged considerable governmental work experience in Western Slope communities, having worked as a planner, assistant city manager and director of affordable housing in Aspen and Pitkin County prior to his jobs in Basalt and Carbondale.
He also has run his own consulting firm, Baker and Associates, since 1994.
Baker could not be reached for comment on Monday.
Calls to New Castle Mayor Frank Breslin were not returned.
The Town Council meets tonight at Town Hall, 450 W. Main St., starting at 7 p.m.
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