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City manager pool shrinks

Dana Strongin

— The candidate pool for Steamboat Springs’ new city manager is now a little shallower.

Lee Evett, one of seven finalists selected last week by the Steamboat Springs City Council, accepted another position in California during the weekend.

With six can–didates re—-maining, council members hope a series of interviews beginning today will help them narrow the list to one to three people.

The candidates will be in Steamboat today to tour the city, meet the city’s management team and participate in individual interviews with a citizens search committee, made up of Bobbi Hodge, John Chapman, Arianthe Stettner, Tami Havener, Jill Leary and Doug Marsh. After meeting with each candidate, the committee will make a recommendation to the council.

On Friday, the six candidates will interview with council members. The interviews will be held in executive session. Under Colorado law, councils can discuss certain personnel matters in private.

Council members and city officials have said the council is likely to select one to three city manager finalists Friday evening. If more than one finalist is selected, those candidates will undergo additional evaluations including background checks, city officials said.

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The new city manager is expected to begin in early June.

The council has been searching for a new manager for a few months after terminating former manager Paul Hughes’ contract Dec. 31. Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord is serving as the interim city manager, and George Krawzoff is serving as the interim deputy city manager.

The six city manager finalists are:

Elizabeth Black, the executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. Black has been working as a government official in Colorado since 1987. Previous experience includes employment as a tourism information specialist in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and an environmental planner for the Coast Guard.

Steve Golnar, who in July ended a 10-year tenure as the city manager of Livingston, Mont. Golnar was the city administrator in Kemmerer, Wyo., for seven years. He earned his undergraduate degree at Western State College in Gunnison.

George Krawzoff, Steam–boat’s director of transit and transportation services since 2001. Krawzoff’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry from the University of Colorado and a master’s in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Alan Lanning, the city manager of Brookings, S.D., since April 2004. Lanning is the former town manager of Minturn and worked as the administrative assistant to Moffat County commissioners.

Rondall Phillips, Fort Collins’ executive director of transportation services since 1994. Phillips’ work experience in Colorado includes stints in Aurora, Alamosa and Vail, where he was town manager.

Thomas Vosburg, Fort Collins’ assistant city manager since 2003. Vosburg has worked for Fort Collins since 1994; his positions include transportation planner and policy analyst. Vosburg, a graduate of the University of Colorado and a student at Regis University, also has worked in Olympia, Wash.

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