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City council likely to discuss HInsvark succession plan Sept. 1

— The Steamboat Springs City Council will likely hire an interim city manager from outside City Hall to oversee city operations shortly after City Manager Deb Hinsvark departs on Sept. 1.

The hiring of a permanent city manager is poised to then become the first big decision of a new city council that will be seated in November.

The city and the council have already started receiving unsolicited inquiries from individuals who are interested in the interim job.

“It’s important to treat this with a sense of urgency, but to take the time to do it right,” Councilman Scott Ford said Wednesday as he discussed the potential process for hiring a new city manager. “The situation is urgent, but it’s not a panic, and I’m going to attribute that to the strength of the city staff.”

The council is likely to discuss the succession plan for Hinsvark and possibly look at interim city manager resumes during Hinsvark’s final council meeting Sept. 1.

Prior to the possible hiring of an interim city manager, the city administration plans to follow its current succession plan that has members of Hinsvark’s management team take turns serving as acting city manager each month.

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This system has been in place because the city does not currently have a deputy city manager.

Anne Small, director of general services, is scheduled to serve as acting city manager for September.

Councilman Kenny Reisman is one of several council members who wants to bring in an interim city manager from outside City Hall while a search for a new city manager is conducted.

“The struggle with filling it from within right now is it shifts some of the current job responsibilities, and I think that’s a burden we don’t need to place on our top staff right now,” Reisman said.

Council members Sonja Macys and Tony Connell suggested the council could initiate the search for a new city manager prior to the upcoming city council election in November.

The new council could then interview candidates and select the city’s new top employee.

Finding a new city manager in Steamboat is a process that has historically required several months.

The city charter gives the council six months to hire the manager.

Council’s have taken different approaches to hiring city managers in recent years.

The council passed on a nationwide search last time and instead promoted Hinsvark to the role after praising her five-month performance as interim city manager.

Hinsvark’s predecessor, Jon Roberts, was hired after the council enlisted the help of search firm Peckham & McKenney to recruit candidates.

The asking prices for search firms in 2012 ranged from $13,500 to $19,100.

Roberts started seven months after the departure of the previous city manager.

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