Steamboat Springs City Council to consider interim city manager hiring process Tuesday night |

Steamboat Springs City Council to consider interim city manager hiring process Tuesday night

Scott Franz

— The Steamboat Springs City Council has at least eight people to choose from to lead the city on an interim basis after City Manager Deb Hinsvark’s expected resignation and departure Tuesday night.

City staff received four recommendations from the head of the Colorado Municipal League for the job, while the council received four unsolicited offers from other candidates.

Two of the applicants reside in Steamboat.

Combined, the potential interim city manager candidates have decades of experience in city management all around the state and the country.

The pool of potential interim city managers ranges from a local high school teacher and retired Army garrison commander to Winter Park’s first town administrator.

Staff will ask the council on Tuesday night to decide how it wants to move forward with the hiring of an interim city manager.

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After a separation agreement with Hinsvark was reached Aug. 14, a majority of council members said they wanted to bring in an interim city manager from outside of City Hall.

They said they would leave the hiring of a permanent city manager to the new city council majority, which will be seated after the November elections.

The council will consider approving the six-month severance package it offered Hinsvark in exchange for her resignation and a legal liability agreement.

The agreement followed weeks of tension between Hinsvark and some members of the council.

According to city staff, the compensation for an interim city manager is typically the salary and benefits of the current manager plus housing or an allowance.

Here is a quick look at the people who have submitted resumes for the interim job.

Steven Golnar: Former city manager of Rawlins, Wyoming, and Livingston, Montana; former city administrator in Kemmerer, Wyoming, and Salida.

Gary Suiter: Suiter currently works as a management consultant. He was formerly the city manager of Evans, the town manager of Snowmass Village and the county administrator in Alamosa County.

Richard Blodgett: Former city manager in Bloomington, Illinois, Plymouth, Michigan, and Marysville, Ohio, and former town administrator for the town of Winter Park. Blodgett currently works as an independent consultant specializing in management, public works, personnel and finance.

John Schneiger: Former city manager for the cities of Montrose, Fruita and New Port Richey, Florida.

Mark O’Neill: Pharmaceutical manufacturing operations executive.

Patrick Slowey: Former Army garrison commander of Fort Dix, New Jersey, and former deputy garrison commander, Fort Hood, Texas. Slowey currently teaches social studies at Steamboat Springs High School.

Michael Segrest: Local government consultant, former town manager for the towns of Moraga, California, and Snowmass Village. Former assistant city manager in Boulder.

William Baldridge: Former city manager for the city of Royal Oak, Michigan, and local government consultant.

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In other action

• The council will meet in executive session to discuss the possible sale of the Iron Horse Inn. The council could as soon as Tuesday indicate a desire to act on a proposal, in which case the proposal would be made public, and the council would have to consider two readings and hold a public hearing prior to approving it.

• Hear an update on the Colorado Water Plan.