City of Steamboat Springs working to fill 2 management positions |

City of Steamboat Springs working to fill 2 management positions

Scott Franz

— The city of Steamboat Springs is getting closer to filling two management positions after nationwide searches produced more than 200 applications for the jobs.

Anne Small, the city’s director of general services, said Wednesday that the city received about 140 applications for its Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department director position and about 65 applications for the airport manager position.

The Parks and Recreation director will replace Chris Wilson, who resigned in July after working for the city for 22 years.

Longtime Steamboat Springs Airport Manager Mel Baker left the city Sept. 12 to move to Denver.

Small said the applicant pool for the Parks and Recreation job recently was narrowed to 25 applicants, and interviews should start soon.

“It’s really quite interesting to take a look at the candidates,” Small said. “Some come from larger cities where they have larger recreation centers. They’re in charge of facilities like aquatic centers and field houses, and they can bring that type of experience and apply it here.”

The Parks and Recreation job in Steamboat is unique in that the department oversees several amenities including the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, Howelsen Hill, the Howelsen Ice Arena and the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

The city’s parks division oversees 28 parks totaling more than 1,000 acres.

According to the city’s call for applicants, the park system includes six mineral springs, two skateparks, 10 playgrounds, three volleyball courts and 22 athletic fields.

The open space division oversees more than 2,500 acres of undeveloped land.

The city is offering the job with an annual salary range of $82,281 to $113,581, depending on qualifications.

Since August, the Parks and Recreation Department has been led by interim director John Overstreet.

Overstreet previously has served as the city of Denver’s deputy parks director as well as a parks director in Florida and Georgia.

More recently, he has worked for a parks design and consulting firm.

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