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New city manager named following special meeting of Craig City Council

Peter Brixius speaks with a resident about his qualifications to be Craig's next city manager during a recent meet-and-greet with the three finalists for the position. During a special meeting Wednesday, the Craig City Council selected Brixius for the job.

CRAIG — Craig has a new city manager.

During a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 1, the Craig City Council approved a contract to hire Peter Brixius — who has been serving as Rangely city manager — for the city’s top job.

Craig had been without a manager since mid-March, when City Council terminated the employment of former City Manager Mike Foreman. Finance Director Bruce Nelson has been serving as city manager in the interim.

Brixius will begin work as Craig’s new city manager the first week of September, Mayor John Ponikvar said following the vote.

Ponkivar offered high praise for Brixius.

“The guy is amazing,” the mayor said. “We are lucky to have him, and the city is very excited.”

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Ponikvar said both he and council members were impressed with what Brixius has accomplished, adding that the new manager has a background in science, business, and administration, which will serve the city well as it works to complete water and broadband projects. Brixius has experience with both, Ponikvar said.

The mayor said he expects Brixius to focus both on Craig’s current needs, as well as develop a vision for the city’s future.

“The council appreciated that Peter practices balanced management (and) deploys a performance management process that focuses on community development and streamlined budgeting,” Ponikvar said.

Brixius’s contracted salary is $130,000 per year, plus a $600 monthly vehicle allowance.

He will be eligible for city retirement benefits and will start with 120 hours of vacation time. He will then receive 120 hours of vacation time each subsequent year, with one additional day added per years of service, capped at 25 days.