Green Mountain Falls aggressively seeks the best manager
~ By Rick Langenberg ~
The search for a general manager to replace Angie Sprang, who is resigning next month, is progressing.
Last week, elected administrators interviewed two candidates for the city’s government leadership post. Two finalists, Becky Frank and Nathan Scott, have been announced. The finalists for the position are well known in the region. Frank is currently the Deputy Director of the Teller County Emergency Management Office; and was Deputy Managing Director of Victor; while Scott acted as a town planner for the GMF; and led the regional census effort and served on fire planning and mitigation committees.
Sprang has been the City Manager of Green Mountain Falls for approximately two years. She is in fact the first permanent manager in this position for an extended period. Sprang recently announced her resignation as deputy director for the city of Aspen, Colorado.
The fact that the city is continuing this research has indicated that it will continue to operate with a general manager. Some residents have argued that the city should revert to its trustee-liaison form of government and not have a city manager.
But current administrators have strongly defended the CEO form of government.
Additionally, the idea of keeping the Zoom video conferencing system in place to host meetings sparked some discussion last week.
Rocco Blasi, a former planning committee member and frequent speaker at public meetings, went to great lengths to keep the Zoom system in place. He cited the fact that more people attended their meetings, via Zoom, than in person. He believes this will increase transparency and public participation.
In a previous meeting, admins hinted that they might not be using the Zoom system and just run meetings the old-fashioned way by just having in-person presence and some form of live streaming. They cited technological challenges in keeping the Zoom system in place, coupled with limited staff.
Additionally, given the small size of the city, Mayor Jane Newberry said there are no requirements for the government to offer the Zoom service.
For weeks now, Todd Dixon, chairman of the town planning commission, has volunteered to help the town set up a Zoom system, since the departure of former clerk Matt Gordon.