The Delta City Council has offered the position of city manager to two different candidates and has come up empty each time. Now councilmembers plan to seek the assistance of a professional recruiter.
"We've had some wonderful applicants," Mayor Ed Sisson said. "I don't know if a professional head hunter could have done any better, but we'll see."
After the resignation of Justin Clifton in April, council decided to conduct its own search for a new city manager, rather than pay the expense of a professional "headhunting" firm as the city has done in the past.
The opening was advertised in local newspapers, trade publications and through the Colorado Municipal League. A total of 43 applications were received; five were named finalists and invited to the city for interviews.
Sisson said council was confident an agreement had been reached with Mark Collins on July 21. "I even asked him, 'Mark, do we have a contract? The paper is outside and we want to announce it,' " Sisson related.
Then on Friday, July 24, Sisson said Collins called him at home with additional requests. Collins followed up with a phone conversation with interim city manager Glen Black early the following week, and ultimately withdrew his name from consideration.
"Perhaps a professional can do a better job of vetting candidates," Sisson said. "It will certainly be less stressful for our staff."
City charter states appointment of an acting city manager may not exceed 180 days, and it could be difficult to fill the position within the remaining time allotted. Sisson said it may be necessary to reword Glen Black's contract to comply with the city charter.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.