After three rounds of applications and interviews, consuming much of 2015, the City of Delta has hired David Torgler as city manager.
For the past five years, Torgler has served as city manager of Hayden, a town of just 1,800 residents on Highway 40 between Craig and Steamboat Springs. His 30-year career in public administration has taken him from coast to coast, from South Carolina to Washington state. At a community reception held for the four finalists, he explained he and his wife Carmen made a deliberate decision to return to Colorado because this is where they want to live.
He said they like Delta because it's a larger community similar to the types of communities in which they've lived, with strong roots in mining, agriculture and ranching.
Carmen works from home. They have two grown daughters, both with husbands in the military. One lives on the Atlantic Coast and the other in Hawaii.
In his letter of application, Torgler explained, "Delta has challenges similar to those in other cities where I have served including Hayden and Burlington, Wis. Those cities also faced the challenges of an aging infrastructure, decline in some of the major local industries, tax limitations, uncertain future revenues, a declining agricultural business environment, and the challenges of developing a government that is responsive to the business community. I believe that in partnership with Delta's elected officials, staff and business community, my experiences in these other communities will be beneficial to the city."
He described himself as an "innovative, results-oriented leader that strongly encourages teamwork, individual performance and a collaborative environment to achieve organizational objectives and promote community prosperity."
At the community reception he referred to his experience in developing infrastructure, downtown redevelopment, working with the railroad and state highway department, and working with industry to ensure a friendly business environment.
He holds a bachelor of science degree from Western Michigan University and a master's of public administration from Northern Illinois University.
He is a member of the Lions Club and a former Rotarian.
On Dec. 1, Delta City Council voted 5-0 to complete negotiations with Torgler. Councilmember Mary Cooper said he will fit into the commuinity very well.
"We picked an amazing man," said Mayor Ed Sisson. "He and his wife both love Delta -- they're already looking for a house."
Torgler's first day on the job will be Jan. 25.
Two of the four marijuana questions on the November ballot were narrowly approved by voters in the City of Delta. Measure 2F allows the establishment of medical marijuana centers. Measure 2H permits the establishment of medical marijuana cultivation, testing, research and manufacturing facilities.