City manager pool narrows

President says council favors one candidate in remaining group

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— Steamboat Springs City Council President Ken Brenner said the council has a favorite candidate for the city manager position.

After hourlong interviews with each of the six candidates, council members ranked the candidates as part of a straw poll, Brenner said.

Some candidates "fared better than others," Brenner said, and more than two candidates remain in the running.

However, he said, there is one candidate who ranked higher than the others.

"There might be one that we're a little stronger on," he said.

Brenner would not name that person or the other favorites. He also did not identify the names of any candidates who ranked low, even though he said it looked like a couple of the candidates were eliminated.

The council's picks were similar to the picks made by the six-member citizens' committee, Brenner said.

Brenner said that the council plans to complete background and reference checks on the six candidates. The checks will take two to three days, he said.

If the top candidate's checks come through, he said, the council likely would enter negotiations next week.

Brenner said the interviews went well and that the council wanted to consider the options during the weekend. The candidates were competitive, he said.

Brenner said he hopes the council will identify the top choice before the end of next week.

The six candidates are:

n Elizabeth Black, the executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. Black has been working as a government official in Colorado since 1987. Before that, her ex----perience included being a tourism information specialist in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and an environmental planner for the U.S. Coast Guard.

n Steve Golnar, who ended a 10-year tenure as the city manager of Livingston, Mont, in July. Before that, he worked as the city administrator of Kemmerer, Wyo., for seven years. Golnar earned his undergraduate degree at Western State College in Gunnison.

n George Krawzoff, who has been the city of Steamboat Springs' director of transit and transportation services since 2001. Krawzoff's educational background includes a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute.

n Alan Lanning, who has been the city manager for the city of Brookings, S.D., since April 2004. Lanning is the former town manager of Minturn and worked as the administrative assistant to the Moffat County commissioners.

n Ron Phillips, the city of Fort Collins' executive director of transportation services since 1994. Phillips' working experience in Colorado includes Aurora, Alamosa and Vail.

n Tom Vosburg, the city of Fort Collins' assistant city manager since 2003. Vosburg has worked for Fort Collins since 1994; his positions include transportation planner and policy analyst. Vosburg, a graduate of the University of Colorado and current student at Regis University, also has worked in Olympia, Wash.

-- To reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229

or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com.

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