Steamboat Springs Routt County has selected an Aurora man as its new director of information systems.
Terry Barber, who has 13 years of experience in the information systems field, has been hired to lead the seven-member department. He was chosen from a pool of more than 150 applicants.
Barber's first day of work was Jan. 1, and he will be paid an annual salary of $65,400.
Barber is to ensure the county's computer network and software is maintained and continually updated by technology that is constantly evolving.
"I'm pleased to have Terry on board to help us with our future vision for the information system department and Routt County," said County Manager Tom Sullivan. "Terry was our top choice."
Barber, 37, replaces Brad Barkey, who resigned last September. Barkey, who had an annual salary of about $52,000, now works for Northwest Data Servicing.
Barber comes to Routt County after spending a majority of his career in the Denver area.
"I am excited about this opportunity to work in Routt County," Barber said Monday morning. "It is a beautiful place."
Between 1995 and 2000, Barber worked for three Englewood firms. Prior to that, he worked for the Rocky Mountain News as a systems programmer and for BDM International Inc. as a systems analyst.
"I am going to be able to tie in my technical ability and live in a rural area," Barber said. "When I saw the opportunity in Routt County, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity."
Barber submitted his resume to the county at the end of October.
Because of the technical skills needed for the position, the county hired a Denver firm to help in its search.
Tiger Technology Consultants narrowed the application pool to 25. Then a county committee, which included Sullivan, Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger, Personnel Director Chris Hensen and Assessor Amy Williams, narrowed the pool to seven candidates.
"The quality of candidates was very impressive," Monger said. "It is a great thing we will have Terry with us. He came out of a bunch of good candidates."
Barber was born in Columbus, Ohio, but spent a majority of his life growing up in Kersey, which is near Greeley.
Barber earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics with an emphasis in computer science from Adams State College in Alamosa in 1988. Barber graduated with honors.
Barber is looking forward to the challenge of the position and serving the county.
"Every day there are technological challenges and better ways in doing things," Barber said.
Barber's family includes his wife, Haley, two daughters, Ashley, 10, and Amanda, 8, and a son, 1-year-old A.J.