Commissioners name finalists in Garfield County Manager search

Elected officials, public to have input

March 20, 2012

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners announced the names of five finalists for the county manager position at a special meeting of the board this morning:

  • Richard Bellis, Deputy County Manager, County Planning Director, Taos County, NM
  • Lynda Boswell, International Local Government Consultant, QED LLC, and Mercy Corps International, Leavenworth, KS
  • Thomas Stewart, Former County Manager, Lincoln County, NM
  • Ronald Teck, Intergovernmental Operations Officer, El Paso County, CO, former Colorado State Senator and Mesa County Assessor
  • James Wilson, Interim Director of Finance, City of Altus, OK

The county will conduct a series of interviews on March 29 and 30.

On the morning of March 29, beginning at 8 a.m., a panel comprised of the county’s elected officials other than commissioners, the acting county manager, an assistant county attorney, and a human resources representative will interview the finalists in the commissioners’ hearing room of the county administration building. The meeting is open to the public, which will be allowed to submit written questions and provide feedback. These interviews will be streamed live via internet.

Next, the County will host a reception for the finalists in the afternoon and evening of March 29, from 4: 00 p.m. to 6: 30 p. m., in the Commissioners Hearing Room in Glenwood Springs. The public and all employees are encouraged to attend, talk with each finalist face-to-face, and complete a feedback form.

Last, the Board of County Commissioners will convene in executive session on March 30 to interview each finalist. The commissioners will consider the feedback from each of the first two rounds, and they expect to announce their decision in early April.

The executive search firm of Peckham & McKenney will coordinate the interview process along with county staff.

Applications of finalists are public records under the Colorado Open Records Act and are available for inspection through the county.