City Council prepares to select city manager finalists
March 16, 2016
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs City Council members on Tuesday left Citizens Hall with confidential binders containing the bios of 10 people who could become the next city manager.
Sixty seven candidates applied to oversee the city’s roughly 275 employees and $60 million budget.
The semi-finalists were chosen by Slavin Management Consultants, the executive search firm the city is paying $23,459 to help find the next manager.
The council will meet March 22 in executive session to discuss the semi-finalists and whittle down the list to a set of finalists it would like to interview.
At that meeting, the council will also publicly discuss how it wants to involve the community in the interview process.
Under Colorado law, only the names of the finalists will be released publicly.
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The last time the city used a search firm to recruit city manager candidates in 2008, 113 people applied for the city manager job.
Councilman Scott Ford said he isn’t reading anything into the difference in the number of applicants.
“This is a different search firm, and I think with each particular search firm, they fish some in the same ponds, and they fish in somewhat different ones,” he said. “Ideally, a really good search firm is going to take the time to understand the community character and some of the expectations of the council.”
Ford suggested the prospects for this search are strong, because the council doesn’t have one specific project it wants the city manager to work on.
“There’s a danger when you go out and look for Moses,” he said. “We’re looking for a very strong administrator who can administrate. They’re a really good team player. They can do a lot of different things, and hopefully, they’ve seen a lot of stuff before.”
Ford cited the hiring of former city manager Jon Roberts as an example of a search that was handled differently.
“The focus then was on economic development,” he said.
The council is not expected to interview finalists until April, and it could be as late as the summer before a permanent manager is hired.