Group closer to filling position

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— The Oak Creek town manager hiring committee wants to check more references on its No. 1 applicant before members decide whether to hire him.

For the first time, the top candidate for the job, Ray Leibensperger, met face to face with the hiring committee Saturday night. The committee did a phone interview with Leibensperger at the beginning of the month and decided it wanted to meet him face to face. If that worked, the mayor of Oak Creek, Deb Van Gundy, said last week that Leibensperger would have been offered the job.

Instead, hiring committee member and Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said committee members wanted to check out more of Leibensperger's references to make sure they cover their bases before they make a move.

"Until that happens, they won't make the decision," she said.

Leibensperger was chosen out of nine people who applied for the position. His 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.

His resume also stated he has 25 years of management history in retail stores and he 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 U.S. Navy member between 1962 and 1965.

A final decision on whether to hire Leibensperger is expected to be announced at the Oak Creek Board of Trustees meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Oak Creek Town Hall.

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