City will hire deputy city manager |

City will hire deputy city manager

— The city of Steamboat Springs is bringing back the position of deputy city manager after not having one for nearly three years.

“We need a stronger community outreach program, and we need better performance management programs, and I think this deputy is going to bring both of those features,” City Manager Deb Hinsvark said. “I’m excited about it.”

The city hasn’t had a deputy city manager since Hinsvark herself was in the position prior to being promoted to interim city manager in October 2012.

The deputy position was replaced by two assistants during Hinsvark’s tenure.

Each month, Hinsvark also has turned to a different member of her management team to act as city manager in her absence so that the management team members could get that leadership experience.

Hinsvark said she decided she would hire a deputy city manager after Casey Earp, one of her current assistants, recently accepted another job offer as an assistant city manager in Boulder.

Earp’s departure led some city council members to ask Hinsvark about succession planning.

Earp started as an economic development intern at the city about three years ago.

During his tenure, he was involved in planning a number of city projects ranging from bear-proof trash container regulations to ongoing downtown investment plans.

“I am excited to see young people of Casey’s caliber interested in making public administration their career. That’s exactly what this country needs,” Hinsvark said. “It’s pretty great to see him going on.”

The city is advertising the deputy city manager position with a salary range of $95,995 to $132,511 depending on qualifications.

Applications for the position are being accepted through May 11.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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