City close to hiring director

Finance position could be filled today from pool of three

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— The city of Steamboat Springs is close to hiring a new director of finance, a move that would fill one of its most important staff openings.

"We've interviewed three candidates," City Manager Alan Lanning said Thursday. "We've made an offer, but we won't know until" today.

The hiring will be the latest in a series of high-level staff changes initiated by Lanning. Former Finance Director Don Taylor was let go last year, and assistant Finance Director Bob Litzau has served as the interim director since. The city also is looking for a new information technology manager after the resignation of Kent Morrison. In December, Lanning hired Philo Shelton to replace Jim Weber as the city's director of public works. Weber was moved to a project manager position. Shelton's department will soon absorb the city's transportation department. The current transportation director, George Krawzoff, has accepted an appointment to the Colorado Transportation Commission and is resigning from city employment.

In department leaders, Lanning said he is looking for the right fit for the city's administration and his management style.

"I'm looking for philosophies that are closely in tune with mine," Lanning said in December, "but also strong team players, strong communicators and folks who are excellent at dealing with the public."

The hiring of a new finance director will provide the finance department with much-needed relief. At a Friday meeting of the city's Urban Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee, or URAAC, Litzau provided the group with its first financial report since Taylor left in July. URAAC members had been requesting such a report for months. Litzau said a full staff will allow the finance department to be more responsive to such requests in the future.

- To reach Brandon Gee, call 871-4210

or e-mail bgee@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

housepoor 6 years, 2 months ago

I notice Lanning said "I'm looking for philosophies that are closely in tune with mine," but are his that of the current Council and the general public?

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housepoor 6 years, 2 months ago

I have a feeling they must have imported him from the Republic of Boulder.......

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Nitro 6 years, 2 months ago

It appears that sbvor doesn't understand the difference between charisma and political beliefs. As many who post to this forum can relate, McCarthy, McGovern and Bobby Kennedy provided a "voice of reason" during a very turbulent era in American history. One can certainly understand what draws people to them and a desire to emulate that same charisma while espousing their own political beliefs.

Just in case you don't know, the definition of charisma: "a spiritual power or personal quality that gives an individual influence or authority over large numbers of people:

"the special virtue of an office, function, position, etc. that confers or is thought to confer on the person holding it an unusual ability for leadership, worthiness of veneration or the like."

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Nitro 6 years, 2 months ago

Regurgitate "Link" Regurgitate "Link" Regurgitate "Link"

Why is it clear that "Lanning has got to go now!" Who do you suggest take his place to deal with the multitude of issues facing this community, a rookie City Council, and people like you, who offer nothing but venom. Perhaps if you worked WITH the current leadership of OUR community, you might find that there is more to them than a couple of comments quoted from over four years ago.

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shadow 6 years, 2 months ago

If Lanning was in an elected position, he'd be gone. He's the choice of the former Council which represented special interests. He won't last.

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shadow 6 years, 2 months ago

sbvor,

Agreed, only the chosen few would support him. Too much chicanery behind the scenes. The times they are a-changin'.

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shadow 6 years, 2 months ago

The next upset is likely to be at the County level, come November.

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shadow 6 years, 2 months ago

Are the commissioners currently resticted by term limits? I heard that possibly they could seek re-election and that there is an effort to re-establish term limits.

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