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City close to hiring director

Finance position could be filled today from pool of three

Brandon Gee

— 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.

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