Six local law enforcement officers are among the 11 candidates vying to become Hayden's next chief of police.
Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin would not release the names of the local candidates, but several of them confirmed their applications for the position when contacted by the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Among those who said they have applied are Hayden police officers Gordon Booco, Darin Falk and Ed Corriveau, and Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor. Taylor said a Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy also has applied. Hayden police Officer Carla Steele could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
At tonight's Hayden Town Board meeting, trustees are expected to form a citizens review committee to narrow the applicant pool. Martin said four or five candidates likely will be interviewed.
"It will be entirely (the committee's) decision who gets an interview," Martin said.
Four Hayden residents have expressed interest in being on the committee. They are part-time Hayden police Officer Russ Davis, Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel, Routt County Sheriff's Office Civil Deputy Elise Bennet and longtime Hayden resident Donna Hellyer.
Applicant interviews likely will begin next week, and the Town Board could choose a new chief as soon as Nov. 16.
Also tonight, the Town Board is scheduled to:
n Consider approving text amendments to the Hayden Land Use Code.
n Hear a presentation from Hayden Public Library librarian Ana Lash on Referendum 5A, a ballot issue asking voters whether the West Routt Library District should be allowed to seek grants.
n Consider final acceptance of the Meadows Subdivision Improvements, Filing 1.