Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night again passed on a chance to start working with a search firm to find Steamboat's next city manager.
Many indicated they're satisfied with Interim City Manager Deb Hinsvark's leadership and would like to maintain the status quo.
“This could almost wait a year,” council member Walter Magill said about the city manager search. “Deb is doing a good job ... and we could run the status quo.”
Magill said he was concerned a search at this time wouldn't turn up any strong candidates.
Council members agreed to delay further discussion about the search until a meeting next month when they will work to better define the job description and expectations for the city's next permanent leader.
But some council members weren't as willing as Magill to delay a search for as long as a year.
“By saying we're good with where we're at, we're missing a hell of an opportunity to see what's out there,” council member Kevin Kaminski said. “There is an opportunity to open the door to other candidates.”
He added Hinsvark is “doing a wonderful job.”
Council member Sonja Macys also was supportive of starting a search for a city manager, but she recommended that the city take a different approach than it has in previous years when it has enlisted a search firm to identify candidates.
“If we do what we've always done, we're going to get what we've always gotten,” she said, noting Steamboat's history of high turnover with previous city managers.
Macys recommended the city look locally for candidates who may have extensive executive experience.
Hinsvark, who would like to become the city's permanent city manager, began serving on an interim basis in October following Jon Roberts' resignation.
She served as the city's finance director before being tapped to become deputy city manager under Roberts.
In December, Director of General Services Anne Small presented the council with a list of four search firms that want to help find a replacement for Roberts.
The firms' asking prices range from $13,500 to $19,100.
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