Paonia names new town administrator

By Tamie Meck

Following an executive session at the Jan. 10 board meeting, trustees for the Town of Paonia voted unanimously to offer the job of town administrator to Kenneth Knight. Knight, who accepted the job, was one of 36 to apply for the position and was one of two finalists after interim town manager Dan Dean accepted a job in Kimball, Neb.

"We believe he's a good selection," said Mayor Charles Stewart. All of the candidates were well-qualified, said Stewart. Since October 2015, Knight most recently served as city manager at Marlin, Texas. He grew up in Maine and has a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in arts and political science. Knight also served in the U.S. Air Force and has 22 years of experience in local government, 18 of which were served as a city manager or administrator.

Stewart said the board anticipates Knight will start his job on Feb. 1.