Kremmling’s next town manager steps into new role April 1
Tenure of Michigan native Dan Stoltman begins next week
After nearly a full year without a permanent senior administrator, the town of Kremmling is set to welcome its newest town manager, whose tenure begins next Monday.
On April 1, Michigan native Dan Stoltman will begin his new role as Kremmling Town Manager.
“It feels great,” Stoltman said of his recent selection. “I have been looking, for a little over a year, to get out this direction. I am very excited this opportunity came up.”
Stoltman, who made the move to Kremmling over the weekend, said he expects to spend his first few days and weeks getting the proverbial lay of the land, meeting and becoming acquainted with the remainder of the town’s staff members and trying to better understand the direction the Kremmilng board wants to take the community in the future.
“What direction do we want to go here? What are we trying to be?” Stoltman asked rhetorically. “Do we want to be a tourist location, a bedroom community? Do we want to grow within ourselves? I hope that I can be that person that helps the board and the people discover what they want and to help drive that vision.”
The Kremmling Board of Trustees selected Stoltman as the next town manager in January of this year after a multi-month search. The process began last April shortly after the current Kremmling Board of Trustees was sworn into office following the town’s municipal elections. On April 18 of last year the newly sworn in Board terminated the employment of former Town Manager Mark Campbell.
Campbell’s termination initiated a roughly five month long search period during which the Kremmling Trustees developed a short-list of prospective candidates, which included Stoltman, to replace Campbell. In early September of last year the Kremmling Trustees selected David Stahl, former Delores town manager, to replace Campbell. Stahl’s tenure began later that same month and lasted roughly three weeks before he tendered his resignation, citing safety concerns.
Stahl’s sudden and surprising departure left the town’s senior administrative position open for the second time in roughly six months, prompting the reopening of the town’s search. In early January of this year, several months after reinitiating their search, Kremmling’s Board of Trustees narrowed their considerations down to two finalists, Stoltman and town trustee Leo Pesch. Stoltman was selected for the position later that same month.
The 37-year-old Stoltman was born and raised in the small community of Milford Mich., not far from Detroit. Stoltman grew up in a family of contractors and spent much of his teen years and early 20s doing construction work. He tackled college somewhat later than most, beginning at age 24. He went on to obtain his Masters degree in Public Administration.
His career in local government began in his home of Oakland County, Michigan, were Stoltman spent several years working in the purchasing and compliance department before transitioning to his most recent position as assistant city manager for Washburn, Wisconsin, a small city of just over 2,000 citizens on shores of Lake Superior, not far from Duluth. Stoltman said Washburn is fairly similar to Kremmling in many regards including population size and its unique location as a small community sandwiched between larger municipalities that are have tourism based local economies.
Stotlman, who is not married and has no children, said he was drawn to Kremmling for several reasons including further development of his career. He noted that his girlfriend from Wisconsin moved to Steamboat Springs last year for a new job and that he had been looking for job opportunities in the area.
Stoltman said he is looking forward to enjoying some of the recreational activities offered in Grand County including snowboarding and hiking. He said he also hopes to get back into snowmobiling, which he enjoyed extensively in his youth in the Midwest.
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