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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Turnout Light At Manager Reception
(2007-11-29)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Public turnout at a reception last evening for LaPlata County Manager candidates was light.
It was one of two opportunities held yesterday for the public to get to know the six.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: A few dozen people attended the reception at the Doubletree.
It was advertised as a chance for the public to meet the six manager hopefuls.
But most in attendance were county employees and representatives of various groups or special interests.
Not too many members of the public, something Phil McKinney, who recruited the six candidates says isn't unusual.
MCKINNEY: PERSONALLY IT'S DISAPPOINTING. I THINK IF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET POTENTIAL CANDIDATES ONE OF WHICH COULD BE SELECTED TO BE THE COUNTY MANAGER, I THINK YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SOME INTERACTION, HAVE SOME DIALOGUE AND I WISH MORE PEOPLE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THAT OPPORTUNITY.
The six county manager hopefuls are Jaime Fontes, with a development firm in Green Valley, Arizona, Present Interim County Manager Joann Spina, Garfield County Colorado manager Ed Green, Development Consultant John Schneiger of Jacksonville, Florida, present Otero County New Mexico Administrator Marty Moore, and Shawn Nau, Government Services Director in Maricopa County, Arizona.
They spent the evening talking with and answering questions with those in attendance during the two hour reception.
Marilyn Leftwich of Healthy Lifestyle LaPlata waned to learn about each candidates interests and emerged with a favorite.
LEFTWICH: SOME OF THE CANDIDATES HAVE HAD GOOD EXPERIENCE IN AREAS OF TRAIL CREATION AND TRAIL MAINTENANCE AND HOW TO FUND THESE PROJECTS. I'M VERY IMPRESSED WITH SHAWN NAU. HE HAS WORKED EXTENSIVELY IN TRAIL CREATION AND ALSO MAINTENANCE AND SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND HOW IT FITS IN WITH ENVIRONMENT, OPEN SPACE AND ALSO PUBLIC HEALTH.
Chamber Director Jack Llewellyn didn't have a favorite, calling all six candidates outstanding.
LLEWELLYN: A LARGE DIVERSITY OF BACKGROUNDS, SOME VERY INTERESTING IDEAS AS FAR AS BEING PROACTIVE IN THEIR THINKING AS OPPOSED TO REACTIVE. A LOT OF THEM HAVE IDENTIFIED ALREADY, THE DEPLETION OF OIL AND GAS, WE'VE GOT TO DIVERSIFY THE ECONOMY.
Earlier in the day, each candidate spent an hour in a public session in dialogue with about 17 members of the county leadership team, and a couple members of the public.
All three county commissioners sat in on the sessions.
Commissioner Kelly Hotter says it was invaluable to be a sort of fly on the wall, listening to the exchanges.
HOTTER: YOU ACTUALLY ALSO GET TO WITNESS THE INTERACTIONS, HOW THE COMMERADERIE WORKS BECAUSE AS MUCH AS TECHNICAL BACKGROUND OR WHATEVER THE ELEMENTS WE MIGHT BE LOOKING FOR, THERE'S A CULTURAL ELEMENT THAT'S IMPORTANT AS WELL.
The six wrap up with private interviews with commissioners today.
There's no word on when a final decision will be made.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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