Search for planning director narrows

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— More than 50 people applied for the city of Steamboat Springs' vacant planning director position.

City Manager Paul Hughes said the interviewing committee met last week to narrow those applications down to 22, and those applicants will be asked to do video interviews. Hughes said not all of the 50 applicants meet the qualifications stated in the job description and just 22 would be formally considered.

The city accepted applications through Nov. 6, and Hughes predicted the city will have a new director by the end of December at the latest. The city advertised for the position both locally and nationwide through national city manager and public planning publications, a Web site for government jobs and area newspapers.

The planning director position opened on Nov. 15 when Wendie Schulenburg resigned to become community planning director in Gilroy, Calif.

The city has been advertising the position since mid-October. Assistant Planning Director Tim McHarg has been overseeing the department since Schulenburg's departure.

As the city did three years ago when it hired Schulenburg, an interviewing committee has been established. It includes Planning Commission Chairwoman Kathi Meyer, architect Jan Kaminski, developer John Peddie, Dace Carver, city planner Tom Leeson, public works Director Jim Weber and Hughes.

The next step is for the interview committee to review the videos, where each candidate will answer the same questions. Hughes said it is a process the city has used for years.

"It is a pretty effective way to be able to get a sense of candidates without bringing a great number of people here," Hughes said.

From there, the interview committee will narrow the group down to three candidates to bring to Steamboat for personal interviews.

Schulenburg said her decision to move was part professional and part personal. A native of California, Schulenburg said she wanted to return to the state because she was already invested in its retirement program. She also said Steamboat is a challenging environment for planners.

In her new position, Schulen-burg will oversee a staff of 40 and the engineering, planning and building departments for a city of 45,000.


To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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