Hayden begins to receive town manager applications

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— Hayden has received interest from 11 candidates for the soon-to-be vacant town manager position.

The town posted the position last Tuesday. Mayor Lorraine Johnson said Hayden hopes to have a new town manager in place by Nov. 1.

Town Manager Russ Martin’s last day is Friday. He accepted the town manager position with Camp Verde, Ariz.

Johnson initially said the Town Council would wait until after the November election to hire a new town manager, especially because several council seats could turn over. But at its July 15 meeting, the council determined it would be best to move forward with the hiring process.

“For us to go through the motions to wait would just draw out the procedure,” Johnson said.

She said anyone interested in running for the five seats up for election on the Town Council — Johnson and council members Chuck Grobe, Jim Haskins, Tim Redmond and Tom Rogalski are up for re-election — can start circulating petitions Aug. 3. The petitions are due back to the town Aug. 23.

Johnson said by that time, Hayden should know who’s interested in running for the Town Council. She said Town Council candidates could get involved in the decision-making process for the town manager hire. The Town Council will announce the opportunity at its Aug. 5 meeting for community members to participate in a committee to review town manager applicants and narrow the list to 10.

“They’re going to be able to give input, just not have a say so in the decision,” Johnson said.

Hayden Finance Director Lisa Dowling said anyone interested in participating on the review committee can contact Town Hall beginning Aug. 6.

The town manager ad indicates that Hayden requires candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in public administration or a closely related field with a preference for candidates to have master’s degrees. It states that three years of responsible municipal experience is preferred. The salary range is $65,000 to $75,000.

Dowling said the job was posted on the website for the Colorado Municipal League. She said Hayden would take applications until Aug. 23 but that the ad would stay posted until the position is filled.

“We’re going to see what response we get,” Dowling said. “If we don’t get adequate response we’ll post it on the International City/County Man­­­-

agers Association website. It’s a $250 charge, so we’re hoping we get enough interest from this free ad.”

Hayden was looking for a candidate with a planning background when Martin was hired in March 2004, Johnson said.

After Martin oversaw the creation and adoption of a new town comprehensive plan and revision of the town’s land-use code, Johnson said Hayden is looking for a new town manager with a more general background.

But Johnson said she would prefer candidates have experience with planning, human resources and economic development.

According to a timeline drafted by Hayden, the opportunity to participate in the review committee is announced Aug. 5, the Town Council will select about seven members of the community at its Aug. 19 meeting. The committee will have Aug. 23 to Aug. 27 to pare the list of applicants for the Town Council to consider to 10.

Council members then will narrow that list to three to five candidates and schedule interviews. The interviews and order of offers is scheduled for Sept. 17. A special meeting to announce the new town manager is scheduled for Sept. 23 before the anticipated start date of Nov. 1.

“The sooner that we can get somebody on board, the sooner the town can get back to what we call normal,” Johnson said.

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