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Grand Lake back to drawing board in town manager search

Sky-Hi News staff report
Grand Lake, CO Colorado

Officials from the Town of Grand Lake made an offer to a potential town manager from Florida, but have since withdrawn the job offer.

When the town sent the would-be manager a draft agreement upon offering the position to him – a standard agreement signed by other town managers in the past – the applicant sent back his own version of the draft to prompt negotiations with the town.

According to Mayor Judy Burke, the applicant requested a $10,000 raise to the offer of $65,000 base salary already on the table, access to a town car, an extra eight days in vacation time added to the town’s standard 12 days for the first year of employment, plus an insurance package that normally is not available to town employees until seven years into the job.

“It’s not a good way to start off a relationship, to make it all the way to the finals then change the rules,” Burke said.

In fairness, the mayor said, the potential manager had never received a copy of the personnel regs before that time. For future candidates, she said, the town should consider sending them the regs at an earlier time in the interview process.

The town is now back to the drawing board in finding a new town manager.

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