Finalist to be named today |

Finalist to be named today

Council conducted interviews with six candidates for city manager

Dana Strongin

Steamboat Springs’ new city manager will be named today.

City Council President Ken Brenner is expected to attend a media briefing this morning to announce the council’s selection. The council still must vote formally to hire the city manager.

The council has been searching for a new city manager since the beginning of the year. The council terminated former manager Paul Hughes’ contract effective Dec. 31.

On Friday, the council conducted hourlong interviews with each of the six finalists it selected. The finalists came from a pool of semi-finalists chosen by the search firm Peckham & McKenney.

The six finalists:

Alan Lanning, who has been the city manager for the city of Brookings, S.D., since April 2004.

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Ron Phillips, the city of Fort Collins’ executive director of transportation services since 1994.

Tom Vosburg, the city of Fort Collins’ assistant city manager since 2003.

Elizabeth Black, the executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Steve Golnar, who, in July, ended a 10-year tenure as the city manager of Livingston, Mont.

George Krawzoff, who has been the city of Steamboat Springs’ director of transit and transportation services since 2001.

Brenner said Friday that the council planned to conduct background and reference checks on all six candidates.

Brenner said the council has a favorite candidate, but he would not say who the candidate was. He also said that a couple were eliminated but would not name them.

Since Friday, Brenner said, the search firm has been working with one candidate.

Council members said Wednesday that they were advised by Assistant City Attorney Dan Foote not to discuss the appointment before today. Also, finalists for the job were asked not to discuss the appointment before today.