Town close to filling position

Florida man No. 1 candidate

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— The hiring committee for the Oak Creek town manager position has chosen Florida resident Raywood C. Leibensperger Jr. as the No. 1 candidate for the job.

He will travel to Oak Creek later this week for a final interview. If all goes well, the town most likely will offer him the job.

"I'm pretty impressed with the guy," Oak Creek Mayor Deb Van Gundy said.

Leibensperger lives in Deland, Fla., and interviewed for the position through a conference telephone call with the hiring committee.

The seven-member committee chose Leibensperger from two other candidates, who made the trip to Oak Creek the first week of January to interview for the job.

On Thursday, the Oak Creek Board of Trustees agreed with the hiring committee's decision and approved the final interview. If the interview goes well, Leibensperger and the town will negotiate on his salary.

Van Gundy spoke with Leibensperger over the phone on Friday, informing him of the decision and the next steps in the hiring process.

"He seemed pretty happy with it," Van Gundy said.

Leibensperger's resume states he has nine years of experience as the city clerk and treasurer for Lake Helen, Fla., a town of 2,700 people.

At that job, Leibensperger was responsible for overseeing 24 full- and part-time employees, prepared annual budgets for the city and managed city investments.

He also stated to have 25 years of management history in retail stores and was the manager of the public works department in Longwood, Fla., between 1971 and 1975. He served as a city commissioner for Longwood in the '70s and the early '80s and was a member of the U.S. Navy as a radarman between 1962 and 1965.

Nancy Stahoviak, acting Oak Creek treasurer and Routt County commissioner, is on the hiring committee. She said Leibensperger's resume spoke for itself.

"His job definition (in Lake Helen) was more like a town manager," she said.

Lake Helen doesn't allow a town manager to be hired, but Leibensperger assumed the responsibilities a town manager would have as clerk and treasurer, she said.

"Over the phone, he was a very personable and interactive person," Stahoviak said. "I'm looking forward to meeting him face to face."

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