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December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Durango Manager Finalists Named
(2007-10-02)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Four finalists have been named for the job of Durango City Manager.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: City Councilors voted Tuesday night to name the four finalists.
Mayor Doug Lyon says they were among ten candidates, recommended to council during a Monday Executive Session, by Phil McKenney, of the executive search firm Peckham and McKenney.
LYON: HE'S BEEN ABSOLUTELY INVALUABLE IN THAT TASK. AND WE HAD A LONG DISCUSSION, ABOUT TWO HOUR DISCUSSION, ON EACH OF THESE TEN INDIVIDUALS. WE WENT THROUGH THEM VERY METHODICALLY, AND WE TALKED ABOUT THEM, AND I'M REALLY PLEASED TO SAY THE TEN INDIVIDUALS IN THIS POOL ARE ALL, REALLY HIGHLY QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WHO, ANY ONE WHOM WOULD DO A GREAT JOB FOR THE CITY OF DURANGO.
In all, about 60-individuals applied to McKenney's firm, to succeed Robert Ledger who retired as city manager this summer after 25 years.
Only the names of the four finalists are being made public, and each is presently in a city management position, two in Colorado, and two outside the state.
William Ray, Jr. is presently Deputy City Manager in Arvada, Colorado, but served in the 80's and 90's as Pagosa Springs Town Manager, Economic Development Director for the Southern Ute Tribe and as City Manager of Cortez.
Greg Clifton is presently Ridgway Town Manager and Municipal Attorney for Ouray. He is also a former Municipal Attorney for Montrose.
Ronald LeBlanc is presently city administrator of Ketchum, Idaho, home of Sun Valley Ski Resort.
His resume includes city manager positions in Groton, Connecticut, Olathe, Kansas and Springfield Oregon.
The fourth candidate is Scott Trainor, presently city manager of Ontario Oregon, and former city manager of Cedar Hills, Utah.
The announcement of the finalists came after council was criticized about the selection process by Durango Resident Karen Anesi.
She said council should have sought more input from residents on what they want in a new manager.
ANESI: IT'S NOT SMART FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE PERSON WHO STEPS INTO THIS POSITION BECAUSE I WOULD THINK THEY WOULD WANT TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE THERE BECAUSE THERE'S A BROAD BASE OF SUPPORT.
Councilor Leigh Meigs and others promised Anesi the public would have plenty of opportunity to provide input.
MEIGS: THERE WERE OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE FEEDBACK BUT I AGREE, IT WASN'T THE EASIEST WAY FOR THE PUBLIC TO SLIDE IN AND GIVE INPUT, BUT IN THE BALANCE OF THE NEEDS OF THE ORGANIZATION, IT WAS DETERMINED, AT LEAST IN MY MIND THAT THIS WAS A VALID PROCESS.
The four finalists will next be invited to Durango October 17th through the 19th.
They'll take tours of the city, meetings with city staff, and attend a community reception open to anyone on the evening of the 18th.
Then they will attend one on one, private closed door interviews with council on the 19th, after which councilors could name the new city manager.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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