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KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
LaPlata Manager Candidates, Part Two
(2007-11-29)
Shawn Nau, one of six finalists for LaPlata County Manager. Pictures of candidates Schneiger and Spina can be seen with Part One of this series. Other candidates did not submit photos.
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Six candidates for the job of LaPlata County manager are in town today and tomorrow, undergoing two days of meetings, interviews and public scrutiny at an open house tonight.
Yesterday, we told you about three of the candidates.
Today, a look at three more.
Here's KSUT's Victor Locke.

VICTOR: The six candidates include three business graduates, two lawyers and one political science professor.
All have held a variety of city or county management positions.
We asked all six what attracted them to apply for the job and what they see as the top two issues facing LaPlata County, as well as what qualifications they have to deal with those issues.
Yesterday, we told you about three of the candidates.
Today, the final three candidates in order as determined by a draw.
Edward Green has spent almost ten years as manager of Garfield County, Colorado, which is says isn't unlike LaPlata County which would present some new challenges.
GREEN: A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT WERE LISTED IN THE ADVERTISEMENT, I'VE ALREADY DONE IN GARFIELD COUNTY, BUILD A JAIL, INCREASE FUND BALANCES, ESTABLISH A CAPITAL PROJECT PLAN AND EXECUTE IT. SO IT'S A VERY SIMILAR EXPERIENCE AND I'M KIND OF LOOKING FOR ONE LAST OPPORTUNITY BEFORE I RETIRE, FILL MY LAST SEVEN YEARS.
Green lists as top priorities completing the county jail as well as developing developing a strategic plan with input from county staff.
GREEN: THE COMMISSIONERS WOULD LIKE TO ESTABLISH A CAPITAL PLAN AND I WOULD LIKE TO DO THAT. ALSO JUST TO GET TO KNOW THE FOLKS AND LISTEN TO WHAT THEIR ISSUES AND CONCERNS ARE.
He says both his government and non-government exprerience at the National Renewable Energy Lab, Hughes Aircraft, and the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant prepare him for the LaPlata County managers job.
GREEN: I ALSO HAVE A BREADTH OF EXPERIENCE THAT COMES FROM WORKING IN PRIVATE INDUSTRY AS A SENIOR LEVEL MANAGER FOR ALMOST A DECADE AS WELL.
Martin Moore, or Marty as he prefers to be called, is presently the administrator of Otero County, New Mexico, which includes the city of Alamagordo.
He says he's attracted to LaPlata County for several reasons.
MOORE: VERY FRIENDLY, THE SCENERY OBVIOUSLY IS BEAUTIFUL, THEIR RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE TERRIFIC, BUT THE PRIMARY REASON FOR ME IS I SEE LAPLATA COUNTY AS FACING SOME SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES BUT WANTING TO FACE THOSE CHALLENGES AND MEET THEM HEADON, AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S VERY VERY ATTRACTIVE TO ME.
Moore lists addressing long term health care issues and economic stability issues as the top two challenges facing this community, issues he says he's not unfamiliar with.
MOORE: I'VE HAD SEVERAL YEARS OF DEALING WITH EXACTLY THOSE TYPES OF SITUATIONS AND CHALLENGES, IN FACT WITH HEALTH CARE, WE ARE WORKING WITH ONE OF THE COMMUNITIES HERE IN THE COUNTY THAT WE HAVE. ALSO THE OTHER THING WE'RE DEALING WITH IS WORKING WITH THE ECONOMICS AND TRYING TO GET SOME MORE JOBS AND STABILITY, FAMILY TYPE STABILITY AND LIVING WAGE TYPE JOBS.
Like many of the others, candidate Shawn Nau, the present government services director in Maricopa County, Arizona, says he and his wife have a long term love of Durango and Southwest Colorado, and would like to settle here.
NAU: BOTH OF US ACTUALLY HAVE CHILDHOOD MEMORIES FROM TIMES WHERE OUR FAMILIES HAVE VACATIONED OR TRAVELED THROUGH THE AREA AND WE'VE ALWAYS SIMPLY LOVED DURANGO. WE'VE ACTUALLY HELD FAMILY REUNIONS THERE IN THE PAST.
Nau says like many counties in the nation and especially the west, he sees the biggest challenge facing LaPlata County as managing growth in coordination with city's and towns.
NAU: TO MAKE SURE THAT PROPER BALANCE BETWEEN THE NEED FOR DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS THE NEED FOR OPEN SPACES AND PRESERVING THE CHARACTER OF THE COMMUNITY ARE WELL REPRESENTED AND TAKEN CARE OF.
He sees lots of second issues, but perhaps the clearest one he says is finding a way to insure an adequate revenue stream to continue providing county services.
NAU: WITHOUT PLACING UNDUE TAX PRESSURE ON THE COMMUNITY ITSELF, BOTH RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES WITHIN.
Nau says his experiences in his present position in Maricopa county have prepared him well to deal with those issues.
NAU: AND I'VE WORKED CLOSELY WITH OUR GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS HERE IN A VERY LARGE AND DIVERSE AND FAST GROWING COUNTY, IN MARICOPA COUNTY, AND THAT BACKGROUND I THINK WOULD SERVE ME EXTREMELY WELL IN PROVIDING THE SAME SORT OF REGIONAL REVIEW LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE IN LAPLATA COUNTY AS WELL.
In addition to meeting with county staff today, these three and three we told you about yesterday, John Schneiger, Joanne Spina, and Jaime Fontes, will attend a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 this evening at the Doubletree Inn.
That's your opportunity to meet and question each.
They will tour the county's facilities tomorrow then interview individually with the Board of Commissioners, who will then decide if any will be offered the job, a decision that must be made in a public meeting, perhaps next week.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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