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Council calls special session to finalize city manager contract

City Manager Gary Suiter, left, listens to City Engineer Danny Paul during a groundbreaking ceremony on Yampa Street.

— The Steamboat Springs City Council appears ready to start dotting some i’s and crossing some t’s on a contract with the council’s top city manager candidate.

Council President Pro-Tem Jason Lacy said Friday morning he thinks the council’s negotiating team has come to terms with Interim City Manager Gary Suiter.

The council has scheduled a special session for 3 p.m. Tuesday in Citizens Hall to take a vote on a contract.

“We should be able to get things ironed out,” Lacy said. “There’s a couple of items council will need to hash out, and we’ll probably do that in public. I think we’re basically right there with these negotiations.”

The council is calling a special session because if it didn’t, it would have to wait until June 7 to vote on a contract.

Lacy and Councilwoman Heather Sloop were designated as the negotiators for the council after Suiter was offered the job.

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The council wasn’t ready to finalize a contract proposal to vote on Tuesday following a closed-door session that lasted more than an hour.

Suiter said Thursday there were no major snags in the negotiations, but he and the council were still in an offer, counter-offer phase.

Items that were under negotiation included Suiter’s salary and benefits package.

Suiter has served as the city’s interim city manager since October.

The council praised him for his performance and for stepping into City Hall after some tumultuous times and “righting the ship.”

Suiter has previously served as a manager for several towns and cities in Colorado, including Snowmass Village and Evans.

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