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Hayden residents meet and greet town manager candidates

— Dozens of residents gathered at Hayden Town Hall Tuesday night, eager to find out more about the four town manager finalists.

“They look like good candidates,” Mayor Jim Haskins said. “A lot of them have good backgrounds in economic development, which is something we’ve been concerned about.”

The town council will interview the candidates Wednesday. Haskins is hopeful council members will be able to pick their favorite when the council meets Thursday.

After that, the town would negotiate a contract with the person who is chosen.

The four candidates are Kitty Clemens, Dan Dean, James Dinkle and Raymond DuBois.

Clemens, who has been the executive director of the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce in Montana since 2012, said she has a diverse background. She worked in destination marketing in the private sector and moved into the public sector to work in destination management and development.

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“I’ve worked in public service for about half of my career, and it’s the most rewarding,” Clemens said. “You have to have a purpose.”

She said moving back to Colorado was also important.

Dan Dean, who worked as town manager of Mead from 2007 to 2015, was one of the other candidates attracted to the area.

“It’s a my-size community,” Dean said. “I’ve been in small communities. They fit me well. I fit them well.”

Dean said he has been very successful in securing grants.

“I bring a lot of experience, a lot of community involvement and managed a number of different activities,” Dean said.

James Dinkle, who works as executive director of Access Arizona, a regional economic development foundation at Casa Grande, said he has a reputation for being a listener, and he thinks he would offer a fresh perspective.

“I have been wanting to make the transition from economic developer to town or municipal management, and this was a good opportunity to come into a smaller setting like this and exercise what I’ve learned about government and public sector management and economic development and apply it here,” Dinkle said. “I saw the opportunity here to come back to my roots. I grew up in a rural community in central Kentucky. Hayden just kind of fit the bill.”

Raymond DuBois, a Craig resident who works as the city administrator in Cripple Creek, said part of the reason he wanted the job was he wanted to return to working and living full-time in the Yampa Valley.

Before going into the public sector, DuBois worked in the mining industry.

“I decided that after a period this is what I want to do, and if I’m going to do it, I want to do it with people I’ve lived with for 20 years,” DuBois said.

He said his management style makes him qualified for the job.

“I’m not looking at this job coming in as a vision I have for this town,” DuBois said. “It’s really listening to the town and the people and what is their vision.”

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