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KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
LeBlanc "Delighted" - Councilors Say Why
(2007-10-23)
Ketchum, ID City Administrator Ron LeBlanc says he's "delighted" he's been offered the job as Durango Manager.
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The current city administrator of Ketchum, Idaho is being offered the Durango City Manager's Job.
Durango City Councilors voted Tuesday to negotiate a contract with Ron LeBlanc, to replace Bob Ledger who retired this summer.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: The five counselors emerged from a 15-minute closed door meeting.
And Mayor Doug Lyon made a motion that 53-year old Ron LeBlanc be offered the job.
LeBlanc has been Ketchum City Administrator since 2002 and has held a variety of municipal jobs over the last 28 years in Connecticut, Colorado, Oregon and Kansas.
Lyon says he came to Durango fair and square and won the job fair and square.
LYON: HE HAS EXTENSIVE AND VARIED EXPERIENCE WITH A NUMBER OF COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE SIMILAR ISSUES TO DURANGO'S ISSUES, AND HE'S MET THE CHALLENGES PRESENTED BY THOSE ISSUES IN DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES, HE'S MET THOSE CHALLENGES VERY WELL.
Each councilor also had words of praise for LeBlanc.
Councilor Michael Rendon seconded Lyon's motion saying LeBlanc brings excellent skills.
RENDON: I THINK HE BRINGS A NEW PERSPECTIVE TO DURANGO. I THINK THAT HE HAS THE SKILLS, HE HAS THE PROFESSIONALISM, AND I THINK HE'S GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO MOVE DURANGO FORWARD.
Scott Graham agreed with Rendon.
GRAHAM: NOT AN EASY DECISION, BUT I DO CONCUR FROM WHAT I FEEL ABOUT WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM THOSE CANDIDATES AND WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM THE COMMUNITY'S READ ON THOSE CANDIDATES THAT RON LEBLANCE IS A GOOD MAN AND A GOOD MAN FOR THE JOB.
Councilor Leigh Meigs says councilors remained open to and received a lot of input on the selection, but she's happy with LeBlanc who she says demonstrates personal humility which will play well in Durango.
MEIGS: HE'S GOING TO KNOW HOW TO RUN A TIGHT SHIP FINANCIALLY, HE'S ALSO WELL NETWORKED AND WILL BE RESOURCEFUL. I THINK THAT HE'S AN ECONOMICALLY SAAVY PROFESSIONAL. HE HAS WORKED IN TOURISM INDUSTRY, A LOT OF EXPERIENCE THERE. I THINK THAT'S A REAL PLUS FOR WHERE WE ARE TODAY IN DURANGO AND WHERE WE'RE HEADED IN THE FUTURE.
Renee Parsons says she found Greg Clifton to be an attractive candidate especially his legal and planning background.
But she's satisified with LeBlancs professionalism.
PARSONS: HE HAS AN EXTENSIVE MUNICIPAL EXPERIENCE AND I'M ESPECIALLY IMPRESSED WITH HIS FISCAL MANAGEMENT SKILLS AS WELL.
Contacted at his home, LeBlanc says he didn't think the decision would be made as fast as it was.
LEBLANC: I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT STEP HERE IN THE NEGOTIATIONS PHASE, AND I THINK DURANGO IS A WONDERFUL PLACE. WHEN I CAME HOME FROM THE INTERVIEW I SHARED ALL MY EXCITEMENT WITH MY FAMILY AND I JUST THINK THE CITY IS A VERY ATTRACTIVE HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE, AND JUST A GREAT SPOT, SO I'M DELIGHTED.
An executive search consultant who recruited candidates for the manager's job will now negotiate a contract with LeBlanc, which will also need approval of council.
The five councilors also had of praise for the other two finalists for the job, Ridgway Town Manager Greg Clifton and Arvada Deputy Manager Bill Ray saying it was a tough decision to make.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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