Moffat County Housing Authority welcomes new director |

Moffat County Housing Authority welcomes new director

Janelle O'Dea
Shawnna Muhme will leave her job as director of marketing and sales at the Clarion Inn and Suites on Friday, Feb. 13 and will begin her new position as Moffat County Housing Authority director on Monday, Feb. 16.
Janelle O’Dea

— Next week, Shawnna Muhme will leave her position as director of marketing and sales at the Clarion Inn and Suites to become the director of Moffat County’s Housing Authority.

In her new position, Muhme will oversee the operations of the two Sunset Meadows buildings, the Meals on Wheels program and the travel program for seniors.

Although the past few weeks have been a little hectic for Muhme because she is taking six credits toward her associate degree and is training other employees to take over for her at the Clarion, she sounded excited as ever to start her new job.

“I love doing volunteer work and nonprofit work,” Muhme said. “I think the seniors have a lot of great stories and backgrounds and have a lot to offer. They need somebody to be a good advocate for them.”

Muhme said Moffat County Housing Authority’s mission statement, “to provide a safe, clean, well-maintained, comfortable and pleasant environment in which senior citizens may live, while providing quick and conscientious response to tenants’ needs,” is what made her want to apply for the position.

She used to work at The Timbers Condominiums in Steamboat Springs as a residential manager for Colorado Resort Services, a private company since dissolved.

She also has previous experience working with the Visiting Nurses Association, human resources and administrative experience working for The Industrial Company and was also the deputy register for Routt County at one time.

Her combination of human resources, administrative work and county employment experiences along with her marketing knowledge made her an ideal candidate for the position vacated by Ute Jantz.

Jantz is now the Delta County Housing Authority director.

Muhme said she was on the lookout for a more permanent position in Moffat County and a couple of people in the community mentioned the Housing Authority director position was open.

“I applied for it and was lucky enough to get an interview and meet with the board,” Muhme said. “It was amazing and scary all at the same time.”

Jantz and Muhme worked together over the last few weeks to get Muhme familiar with all of the programs and grants she will oversee. Jantz said her successor is a great fit for the job.

“She picks up things very fast; she’s very energetic and she’s very bright,” Jantz said. “It’s been a pleasure to work with her.”

Muhme said her past experience and passion for working with nonprofits prepared her well for the job.

“I am confident I can bring value to the position as Housing Authority director and I am eager to help ensure the quality of services to the senior citizen tenants is sustained,” Muhme said.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @jayohday.

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