Much to delight, challenge new city manager |

Much to delight, challenge new city manager

Dear Mr. Hecksel,

Congratulations on being named the new city manager here in Glenwood Springs. We think you’ll make a swell city manager.

We also think you ” and your family ” will love it here in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

Monmouth, Ore., probably was a nice place to live. But come on, the Glenwood area has got it going on.

The area abounds with outdoor activity that will keep you busy, that is when you’re not occupied running our fine city.

Your two sons, Phillip and David, will love the Hot Springs Pool, and the many sport activities in the area. Glenwood’s schools? They’re fine, too, all scoring average or better on the state’s report card system for schools.

Your wife, Toni, as you mentioned, also will love the Hot Springs, and the new swimming pool at the community center, once it’s completed.

Hiking, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, rafting, bicycling, exploring. It’s all waiting here for you, Mr. Hecksel. We’re certain you’ll love what you find.

And that’s not to mention the top-notch entertainment scene in the valley, which will offer you fine choices throughout the year.

But you’ll face plenty of challenges, too.

The plethora of upcoming street projects ” including the Grand Avenue paving ” will keep you busy. Integrating the new Meadows development into the city will be a challenge. And keeping downtown vital? That’s never an easy chore.

We can’t wait for you to start. We’re confident you will work your magic with the city’s $35 million budget and its 162 full-time employees.

You’ll understand if we hold our breath until you get here. The last city manager search didn’t turn out too well, and well, we’re just a little antsy.

The bottom line is, you are a unanimous choice, and we’re glad you’re coming on board. We think you’ll make a heck of a city manager.


The residents of Glenwood Springs

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