Search for top building official for county, city resumes |

Search for top building official for county, city resumes

— Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan told the county commissioners Monday that the search for a chief building department official to replace Carl Dunham is back on track.

Dunham announced his impending retirement late in 2013 and stepped down March 5.

Sullivan advertised the opening for a third time in mid-July after the first appeal produced only three applicants, and the highly qualified applicant who emerged from the second round of resumes turned down the job because the benefits offered by the county didn’t live up to those he was receiving at his current job.

“I feel pretty good,” Sullivan said Monday. “We’ve got at least four strong candidates.”

The Regional Building Department serves both the city of Steamboat Springs and the county outside the city, with the exception of the town of Hayden. Sullivan said city of Steamboat Springs Manager Deb Hinsvark has participated in telephone interviews with promising candidates from among the seven who applied this time around.

“I had just two candidates (on July 30), the day before I left on a vacation,” Sullivan said. “But five more candidate came in on July 31. Deb and I did phone interviews on Friday (Aug. 15) with four of those five.”

The top four candidates all had substantive comments to make in their phone interviews, and Sullivan expects he and Hinsvark will decide soon how many of them to bring to town for personal interviews, hopefully Sept. 4 and 5.

One of the top four lives in Colorado, another is from Georgia, one from Michigan and another from Pennsylvania.

Sullivan has been acting as the chief building official in an administrative capacity while assistant building official Ted Allen has overseen operations. Commissioner Doug Monger praised Sullivan for his work, but Sullivan quickly deflected the good words and complimented the staff.

“Ted is doing a real good job, and Skip Crosby, our electrical inspector, has been out (in the field) doing combination inspections, with plumbing and construction. Everyone on staff is doing a real good job of keeping things moving, and we haven’t had complaints” from building contractors, Sullivan said.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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