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Yampa Valley Regional Airport deputy retires after 9 years

Tom Ross

Dean Smith, assistant manager at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, poses with photos that chronicle his extensive career as a military pilot. Smith has clocked 26,000 hours in the cockpit and flew Apache helicopters on combat missions in Afghanistan in 2001.

— Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan said Monday that he met recently with Yampa Valley Regional Airport Manager Dave Ruppel and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Airline Program Director Janet Fischer to review the applications of candidates to replace retired assistant airport manager Dean Smith.

Smith left the post Aug. 18, a month short of nine years at YVRA and with 37 years as an Army aviator and a Legion of Merit Medal on his resume.

"I loved that job," Smith said. "And Dave (Ruppel) and the staff were amazing. My favorite days at the airport were when it was snowing and flights were backed up. It was fun."

Culled from among seven resumes received, Sullivan, Ruppel and Fischer have agreed to do phone interviews with three candidates.

Search for building official narrowing

Sullivan said Monday that interviews took place Friday with four potential replacements for Carl Dunham as chief building official, and he hopes to offer the job to one of those candidates as soon as Wednesday or Thursday.

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"I hope this means that a month from this coming Thursday or Friday, we'll have somebody on board," Sullivan said.

Routt County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Corrigan said he thinks all four candidates are capable of filling the post. That's welcome news for county and city officials; the Routt County Building Department has been without a chief building official since March 5, when Carl Dunham retired. Sullivan has been the active administrator during that time, consulting with assistant building official Ted Allen.

Sullivan told the county commissioners Monday that he plans to have follow-up phone calls with all four candidates to talk about their interviews. However, he said one of the candidates stood out from the rest. Sullivan declined to give any details about the front-runner, saying he wants to keep the four in the mix of viable candidates for the job.

Sullivan last offered the job to a highly qualified candidate who already was a chief building department official in a mountain town. That candidate turned down the position because of issues related to the benefits package; he was accustomed to having the use of a company car and enjoyed a higher contribution to his 401K retirement benefits than Routt County was prepared to offer.

The building department serves the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County, excepting the town of Hayden.

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