Granby narrows town manager search to five finalists |

Granby narrows town manager search to five finalists

The town of Granby Board of Trustees has narrowed the search for a town manager to five finalists. The finalists were selected from a group of 18 applicants for the position.

They will be invited to Granby to tour the town and have lunch with staff. A community reception will be held on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Candidates will be assessed through interview panels on Friday. The interview panels will include the Town Board Panel, a Staff Panel and a Community Panel comprised of five members from the community. The finalists are:

Don Baird of Bethel, Alaska. He has been employed as a city manager or city administrator. He has implemented programs and policies to enhance teamwork and council policies, improved efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery, budget preparation and management, and economic and community development. He has earned a master’s of public administration from Brigham Young University and a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University.

Daniel R. Dible of Hobbs, N. M. He has been a city manager and a city administrator. He has experience in improving employee relations, establishing new pay and classification systems, financial planning and budget management, and extensive experience in capital project financing and management. He has a master’s of public administration and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.

Michael D. Friesen of Loveland. He has been a town manager and an assistant town administrator. He has background in both large and small local government communities. He has experience in customer-service orientation, fiscal management and budgeting, planning, development and growth issues, public relations and conflict resolution. He has also worked in management of private-sector organizations. He has a master’s in public administrator from Roosevelt University, a master’s of international business from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Valparaiso University.

Kevin O’Donnell of Sturgeon Bay, Wis. He has been a city administrator and a village manager. His career has focused upon communities with significant financial and operational difficulties. He has been involved in the development of ongoing strategic planning sessions, implementation of a long-range debt management plan, creation of a goal/objective budget format and a capital improvement plan.

Gary Rawlings of Fort Myers, Fla. He has been employed as a city manager and as an assistant city manager. He has also been employed in the private sector. He has a history of organizational, analytical and communications skills. He has experience managing change, motivating cities and building consensus. He has background in finance and delivering quality services, insurance and risk management and collective bargaining agreements.

He has a master’s of public administration from the University Hartford and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.

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