Community can sit in on interim city manager interviews Tuesday |

Community can sit in on interim city manager interviews Tuesday

Scott Franz

— Community members who want to learn more about the two men who are vying to serve as the city’s interim city manager can sit in on the interviews with the candidates Tuesday afternoon.

At noon, the Steamboat Springs City Council will interview Gary Suiter and John Schneiger at Citizens Hall, 124 10th St.. Both men have served for several years as city managers in Colorado.

Whoever the council hires for interim city manager is expected to serve in the role for several months until a new city council, which is seated in November, hires a permanent manager.

The current council will discuss the potential hiring process for the permanent city manager at its next meeting Sept. 15.

Previous councils have hired city managers in different ways.

Some have used headhunters to help do the recruiting and narrow down a list of candidates, while others have turned to committees of citizens to be more involved in the process.

Hiring a new manager has in recent years taken about five to six months.

Combined, Suiter and Schneiger have decades of city manager experience.

Both were highly recommended for the interim job by Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League.

Suiter served as town manager of Snowmass Village from 1990 to 2001. After leaving Snowmass, he has operated a local government management consulting business.

He was recently working with former City Manager Deb Hinsvark and the Steamboat Springs City Council as an executive coach. Suiter was most recently hired to serve as interim city manager for Snowmass Village.

Schneiger has more than 25 years of experience serving as a senior manager in local government.

He was city manager in Fruita from 1992 to 2000 and went on to serve as the city manager in Montrose from 2000 to 2005.

Schneiger was most recently the city manager of New Port Richey, Florida, for two years.

The council had chosen to interview a third candidate, Steven Golnar, but he asked the council that he not be considered.

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

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