Hayden town manager search to start soon

Russ Martin: Job could be posted by early next week

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— Hayden will begin its search for a new town manager immediately.

The Hayden Town Council asked Town Manager Russ Martin if he would prepare a job listing that could be posted on the Colorado Municipal League website.

“I think we need to get rolling on it now. If we wait another three weeks, we’re a month behind,” council member Chuck Grobe said about waiting until the next Town Council meeting Aug. 5. “If we get rolling, we could have some candidates before the election.”

Martin has accepted an offer to take over as town manager in Camp Verde, Ariz. His last day as Hayden’s town manager is July 30.

Mayor Lorraine Johnson has said that Hayden likely would go without a town manager until after the election because the terms of five council members are up. If there is turnover on the Town Council, she said the new council should have say in the hiring decision.

Grobe said that before Martin was hired in March 2004, a citizens group whittled down the applicants to about 10 and the council further narrowed that list to a few finalists. Council members agreed that process should be used again. Johnson said the group likely would include a couple of council members as well as representatives from the Hayden School District and the broader community.

Council member Festus Hagins said if someone was interested in running for the Town Council, that person could participate in the process to whittle the list down for council members to review.

The Town Council directed Martin to include in the job posting that Hayden was looking for a new town manager with general managerial experience. Council members suggested that the advertised salary range for the position be $65,000 to $75,000.

Martin also suggested that a couple Town Council members meet with staff while the applications are coming in to get their feedback about what type of skills they would like to see in a new town manager. He said once council members began interviewing candidates, they could refer to staff’s recommendations.

Town Council members discussed the possibility of having finalists before the election, if the job was posted soon.

Until Hayden hires a new town manager, Johnson will serve in an interim capacity, assisting staff when they need help with day-to-day issues. The council will deal with more substantial town issues. Hayden’s charter prohibits Town Council members from being paid by Hayden, so Johnson will be volunteering in that role.

Martin said he likely would have the position posted on the Colorado Municipal League’s website by early next week.

In other action Thursday, the Town Council:

• Approved, by a 5-0 vote, a first reading of an ordinance to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries. Council member Tom Rogalski didn’t attend the meeting, and council member Bill Hayden arrived after the vote.

The ordinance prohibits dispensaries, grow operations and any type of establishment with marijuana-infused products such as cookies and brownies. Licensed medical marijuana patients still would be able to grow their own plants.

Because the ordinance would be a revision to the town’s land-use code, a public hearing before Hayden’s Planning Commission would be required at its next meeting Aug. 12. The Town Council will hold a public hearing and second reading for the ordinance Aug. 19.

• Approved, by a 5-0 vote, an intergovernmental agreement with Routt County to participate in the November election.

Five council members — Johnson, Grobe, Tim Redmond, Tom Rogalski and Jim Haskins — are up for re-election.

Town Clerk Susan Irvine said petition circulation begins Aug. 3 and they’re due back to the town Aug. 23.

■ Decided to host a reception for Martin from 5 to 7 p.m. July 23 at Hayden Town Hall.

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