Steamboat Springs The city of Steamboat Springs announced on Thursday the names of the seven finalists for the city manager position.
Two of the finalists, Elizabeth Black and George Krawzoff, already are working in Steamboat. Black is the executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. Krawzoff, who is serving as interim deputy city manager, is the city's director of transit and transportation services.
The city manager position became vacant after Dec. 31, the last day of former manager Paul Hughes' contract. The Steamboat Springs City Council, which has hiring and firing authority over the city manager, terminated Hughes' contract that month after he announced plans to retire.
The council narrowed the field of about 70 applicants to seven finalists during executive session Tuesday night. The finalists' names were not released until Thursday because the city gave candidates the opportunity to drop out of contention.
The finalists are:
Black, who moved to Steamboat a little more than a year ago. Black has experience as a town manager, assistant town manager and special district manager in Copper Mountain, Frisco, Kremmling and Hot Sulphur Springs. In her cover letter, Black wrote, "I have a keen and thorough understanding of the resort economic landscape and have administered local government programs and services for residents, guests and employers."
Lee Evett, who is the former city manager for Los Alamitos, Calif. Evett also served as the city manager or town manager for Pueblo, Jupiter, Fla., Clayton, Mo., and Cape Coral, Fla. Evett describes himself as "an experienced, creative and innovative leader with an impeccable reputation for ethical decisions, imaginative solutions and professional integrity."
Steven Golnar, the former city manager of Livingston, Mont. Golnar has worked in government positions for Kemmerer, Wyo., Rangely and Dinosaur. Golnar wrote that he is "a collaborative and facilitative leader expecting department heads to be motivated and capable in these areas and also team participants with other department heads, public officials, private partners and citizens."
Krawzoff, who has held his director position since 2001. Krawzoff ran a consulting firm for four years that boasted several Colorado communities and organizations as clients. He also was the transportation director for Snowmass Village. Krawzoff wrote that his qualifications include a strong understanding of affordable housing issues as well as the Steamboat community.
Alan Lanning, the city manager of Brookings, S.D. Lanning has served as the town manager of Minturn and assistant to the town manager for the town of Pinetop/Lakeside in Arizona. Lanning wrote that he has experience in issues relevant to Steamboat, including historic downtown preservation, economic development, airport development, affordable housing and tourism-based economies.
Rondall Phillips, the executive director of transportation services in Fort Collins. Phillips' experience includes working as the planning director for the city of Fort Collins and the town manager for Vail. Other Colorado experience includes serving as the executive director of the San Luis Valley Council of Governments and as federal aid coordinator in Aurora.
Thomas Vosburg, the city of Fort Collins' assistant city manager, Communications and Technology Services director and chief information officer. Vosburg has held several positions with the city, including policy analyst and transportation planner. Vosburg wrote that he has specific experience in land-use planning and growth management, transit planning and operations, affordable housing and other categories.
To select the candidates, the council used the search firm Peckham & McKenney. The company narrowed down the candidates for the council, who selected the seven finalists based on the information the candidates submitted.
The next and likely final step in the process will take place April 20 and 21, when the finalists will come to Steamboat. On the first day, the candidates will take tours, meet with the city's management team and go through an interview with a city manager search committee made up of residents. On the second day, the candidates will interview with the council. The council expects to narrow the candidate pool to one or two people by the end of the day April 21.
City officials expect to have a new city manager working in Steamboat by early June.