Hayden to fill council vacancy | SteamboatToday.com

Hayden to fill council vacancy

— Four residents have expressed an interest in filling a vacancy on the Hayden Town Council.

The vacancy was created by the relocation of council member Jim Folley.

The council will discuss the vacancy during its regular meeting Thursday. Staff members will give their reports at 7 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Council members are also expected to go into executive session to discuss who to hire as the town’s new manager. The council interviewed the four finalists Wednesday, and residents were given the opportunity to meet the finalists during a meet and greet Tuesday evening.

The interviews related to the appointment of a new council member will be held in open session.

Three men and one woman applied for the position. They are Brodie Farquhar, Charles Forest, Ashley McMurray and Dustin Williams.

In his letter of interest, Farquhar wrote he has 40 years of experience as a journalist and has attended hundreds of public meetings.

“I understand, better than most, that the job of a town council is neither easy nor simple,” Farquhar wrote. “It can be quite complicated and difficult in reaching the right decision on any issue.”

Forest — a relative newcomer to Hayden, having lived in the community for almost two years — has worked for Wagner Equipment for the past 11 years and transferred to Hayden with his family, including a son, who is in first grade.

“The individuals I work with are a family of their own, and making sure they have a good quality place of employment is a priority to me,” Forest wrote. “I am an involved, young member of this community and have a vested interest in the future of Hayden.”

McMurray has lived in Hayden for the past eight years. She majored in political science and has worked for various local and regional political campaigns.

“As I moreover have a deep interest in Hayden’s future, both on a resident and business level, I would be honored to represent the needs and concerns of Hayden residents and to contribute to the council’s role of balancing the best directions and needs of the town, as a government entity, with the rights, needs and interests of the citizens,” McMurray wrote.

Williams moved to Hayden with his family from Yampa in 1993.

He works at Yampa Valley Regional Airport as a captain at the fire department. Since moving to Hayden he has also served as the emergency medical services captain and department safety officer with the West Routt Fire Protection District.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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