Kremmling names two finalists in town manager search
KREMMLING — Kremmling’s multi-month search for a new town manager took a step forward in early January when the town’s board of trustees named two individuals to a short-list of candidates for the long-vacant administrative position.
Last week, the Kremmling Board of Trustees named Leo Pesch and Daniel Stoltman as the two finalists. Kremmling Town Clerk Rhonda Shearer said the town board plans to discuss the issue further during an executive session Jan. 16. Shearer said the board hopes to formally offer the position to one of the two after that meeting and that an announcement on the selection would be made after the chosen candidate formally accepts the position.
Pesch is likely familiar to most Kremmling area citizens. He is a resident of the town and is currently a member of the Kremmling town board. He was elected to serve his first term on the board in April 2018.
Pesch, a former employee of the West Grand School District, has recused himself from the ongoing trustee discussion about the new town manager, according to Shearer.
“He is recusing himself,” Shearer confirmed. “We discussed applicants in executive session. When the board got down to the point of deciding who they wanted to name as finalists, he left the executive session. When they go into executive session on the 16th, he will not be part of that at all.”
Pesch was interview for the town manager position during a special meeting Jan. 3. If the Kremmling trustees select Pesch as the next town manager, he would be required to step down from his position as a trustee.
The other finalist for the town manager position is Daniel Stoltman, who currently serves as the assistant city administrator for Washburn, Wisconsin. Stoltman was previously one of several finalist candidates during Kremmling’s most recent search for a new town manager, which occurred in the later half of 2018. As such, Kremmling trustees felt it unnecessary to bring Stoltman back for further in-person interviews and are instead relying upon their previous interview with Stoltman to inform their hiring decisions.
Kremmling’s town manager position has remained vacant, with the exception of a roughly three week period in late September and early October during which David Stahl served as Kremmling’s town manager. The position first became vacant in April 2018 when the newly elected Kremmling trustees terminated Mark Campbell.
The town continued to search for a replacement for Campbell throughout the spring and summer before selecting Stahl in September. Stahl served as Kremmling’s town manager for just over three weeks before resigning, citing safety concerns.
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