Commission to hire manager


— After studying the situation and talking to constituents, the Routt County Board of Commissioners has decided to hire a county manager.
"Currently, we are spending too much time on administrative matters and not enough on developing and helping to implement county policy," said Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak.
Routt County is one of the few Colorado counties without an administrator.
The county hasn't had a manager since the mid '80s, Stahoviak said.
Instead, the county department heads have been sort of co-managing with the commissioners.
Now the new manager will take away some of that burden.
"His biggest duties is coordinating day-to-day activities and interacting with the department heads," Stahoviak said.
For example, during September and October, the commissioners spent 18 to 25 hours doing department head evaluations for each person. That duty will now go to the manager.
"We'd still handle contracts and planning items like zoning," said Commissioner Ben Beall.
The manager will also hire and fire appointed department heads as well as supervise the board's staff.
Beall said having a manager will give the board more time to study petitions. This would prevent the board from tabling so many petitions as they search for time to evaluate them.
The commissioners also said this isn't a training position.
"We need someone to hit the ground running," Stahoviak said. "We want someone with county experience. They need to know the job."
The ad going out to statewide and Web site publications require someone with five years' experience in local government administration.
While the ad doesn't list a salary, commissioners expect the job to start between $75,000 and $80,000.
The commissioners said they hope to have someone on board by the first of the year.

To reach Frances Hohl call 871-4208.


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