Residents review chief applications

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A five-member committee of Hayden residents will decide which of the 11 applicants for police chief will be granted interviews.

The committee members were appointed during Thursday night's Hayden Town Board meeting. There were 10 people who expressed interest in being part of the committee, and town trustees selected five of them.

Appointed to the board were part-time Hayden Police officer Russ Davis, Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel, Routt County Sheriff's Office Civil Deputy Elise Bennett, West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman and longtime Hayden resident and planning commissioner Donna Hellyer. Trustees also have been invited to participate in the committee meetings.

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin said the committee likely will begin interviewing candidates the week of Nov. 13. The Town Board could choose a new chief during its Nov. 16 meeting. Interviews will be conducted behind closed doors, but the names of finalists are expected to be released to the public.

Also at Thursday's Town Board meeting, trustees selected Hayden-based Precision Excavating to do repairs on a broken intake pipe at the water plant. Hayden Town Clerk Lisa Dowling said some of the board members thought it was important that a local firm be contracted for the work. The town will meet with a subcontractor next week. The subcontractor will install a temporary dam in the river so Native Excavating can make the repairs to the water plant.

The Town Board also met in executive session Thursday night. The purpose of the closed-door session was to discuss town employee merit raises. Trustees also conducted the town manager's annual employee evaluation.

The Town Board also:

n Approved revisions to the Hayden Land Use Code

n Approved final acceptance of the Meadows Subdivision Improvements, Filing 1.

n Heard a presentation from Hayden Librarian Ana Lash regarding a ballot question asking voters whether the West Routt Library District should be allowed to de-Bruce.

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