Winter Park ready to name Drew Nelson official town manager |

Winter Park ready to name Drew Nelson official town manager

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado
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Drew Nelson is poised to be Winter Park’s official town manager.

Out of executive session on Tuesday, Winter Park council members unanimously decided to offer Nelson the position.

The town planner for 2.5 years, Nelson took up manager responsibilities when former manager Dave Torgler resigned on Sept. 15.

“I never took the approach I was keeping the seat warm for someone else,” Nelson said. “This town deserves someone to be really pro-active.”

“It amounted to a four month interview,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Rusty Thompson. “After watching him perform, we didn’t feel the need to open it up for a search; we felt he was the right person for the job.”

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Nelson grew up in Salina, Kan., and attended the University of Kansas where he studied political science. Nelson has held positions with Jefferson County, the Town of Fraser, the City of Greeley and the City of Cortez.

He and his wife Stefanie have two children, an 8-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son.

Although Nelson said he and the town have come to terms on his contract, the hiring has not yet been made official with signatures.

A manager’s salary in Winter Park is in the range of $93,000 to $133,000 plus benefits. Nelson said he is at the “low end of the range.”

“I certainly enjoy it, it’s been an honor,” Nelson said. “It’s been a good four months.”

“We think he’s a great fit for the community and we feel he’ll be a strong member of the team for the town of Winter Park,” Thompson said.

Winter Park’s Assistant Town Planner James Shockey, whose role shifted to acting planner upon Nelson’s manager assignment, will now become the town’s planner.

Formerly Grand Lake’s town planner, Shockey accepted a stint with the Orvis Shorefox development before finding his way to Winter Park’s planning department less than a year ago.

Nelson said there are no plans to fill Shockey’s assistant planning position. One of the manager’s first priorities will be to fill the finance director position being vacated by Shawn Cordsen.

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