Grand Lake hires Jim White as manager
Grand Lake has a new Town Manager.
Jim White will soon be replacing outgoing Grand Lake Town Manager David Hook, who will step down from his position at the end of this year. White is a Chicago native but has lived in Colorado since 1978. He and his wife Amy will soon be moving to Grand County from Minturn, where White currently works as the town manager.
His experience in town management is extensive. He began his career in municipal administration in 1995 in Idaho Springs. He went on to work for the U.S. Department of Commerce working with city, county and state officials to promote the 2000 census.
After the 2000 census was completed he took the position of town manager in Berthoud, on I-25 north of Denver. He eventually left the Front Range and headed up into the high country.
White has been the president of both the Colorado Municipal League (CML) and the Colorado City and County Managers Association (CCCMA).
“The advantage is I have lots of contacts from throughout the state. I have good resources at my disposal for successfully achieving our goals,” said White when asked what benefit his previous positions would have for his new job.
With approval of his contract Monday night White will soon be buying a house in Grand Lake. During the Grand Lake Board of Trustees’ meeting Monday night Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke, a realtor, said specifically that she was not selling White his home.
White and his wife Amy have one adult daughter, Dani Rachelle, who works in Vail.
“First thing, I have a lot to learn,” said White. “I have to listen and learn from the people who have been there a long time. I need to spend time with the Board and with the staff, finding out staff goals and making sure they mesh.
“The first order of business is to listen and learn, pay attention and come up to speed. I definitely would like to talk to local business owners and work with as many of them as I can along with working with the Chamber of Commerce. Becoming a member of the community is important.”
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