Staff Report

Delta City Clerk Jolene Nelson sent a news release to the press Wednesday announcing the search for a new city manager has been narrowed down to two candidates. Those candidates are Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry and Karl Spiecker.

Delta’s city manager position has been vacant since the resignation of David Torgler at the end of January. His departure followed an investigation into alleged misconduct which had led to the Delta City Council placing him on administrative leave earlier in the month.

Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry has worked in local government for 19 years, according to the release. She has focused her career on “building bridges, engaging citizens, and solving problems.” She currently works for Delta County.

She was selected as a candidate due to the belief by council that she will bring a diverse background and depth of experience to Delta. That experience involves economic development, community development and civic engagement. Casselberry has led the transition of the group Delta County Economic Development (DCED) into the revamped and reassessed new group One Delta County, which will soon launch.

Ackerman-Casselberry grew up in Montrose and returned to the Western Slope in 2007 to raise her family. She moved to Delta County in 2010. According to the news release, her goal, if selected for the position of city manager, “is to make sure that our community continues to be a great place to live, work and play for those that already live here and future generations to come.”

Karl Spiecker is a native of Grand Junction with over 20 years of public sector experience. He was the vice president for finance and administration at CSU Pueblo and was the director of finance and administration for the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Additionally, he was a chief legislative analyst for the Colorado Joint Budget Committee.

Spiecker has a bachelor of science degree in business finance from the University of Colorado, a master of science degree and a master of of public policy degree from the University of Michigan.

The DCI will report further on the selection process as information becomes available.

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