Interim town administrator Greg Brinck has been named the sole finalist for town administrator.
The announcement followed a short executive session at the Feb. 15 Cedaredge Town Council meeting. Trustees reviewed three applications independently prior to the meeting, discussed their findings during executive session, then reconvened the business meeting to take formal action on the matter. By state statute, formal appointment can not take place for 14 days after the names of the finalists have been announced. Trustees plan to finalize their decision at the March work session.
Brinck joined the town as an administrative intern through the "Best and Brightest" program in January 2016. While working under the guidance of town administrator Katie Sickles, he completed his master's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado.
Brinck explains that the Best and Brightest program is a partnership between CU Denver's School of Public Affairs and the Department of Local Afffairs. Graduate students are placed in administrative roles, typically in small towns. The process is quite competitive, Brinck said, so when he was offered an internship in Cedaredge, he jumped at the opportunity.
"It was a little bit sight unseen, but I took a leap of faith after a good interview with Katie," he said. The two-year program was approaching its conclusion when Sickles resigned as town administrator and recommended the town keep Brinck on as interim.
Brinck was born and raised in the Denver metro area. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas he worked in nonprofit management. He initially focused on that area when he began the MPA program at CU Denver, but decided to explore courses in local government. He said he became intrigued with how local government can positively impact the lives of community members. "I certainly didn't grow up thinking I would go into city management," he said.
Since moving to western Colorado, Brinck said he's fallen in love with the area and the opportunity for outdoor recreation. "And my dogs love not living in an apartment," he said.
One of Brinck's first priorities is hiring a town clerk to replace William Warner. After meeting with town staff and assessing the needs of the town, Brinck determined the responsibilities of the town clerk do not warrant a full-time position. He proposed, and town trustees agreed, the position should also include economic development -- someone dedicated to local and regional initiatives to diversify the economy.
Brinck himself previously served as town liaison with the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce, Delta County Tourism and Delta County Economic Development, but no longer has the time.
As town administrator, Brinck will also be overseeing two major construction projects that are slated to begin soon.
On Feb. 26, the Highway 65 and Main Street enhancement project kicks off. The goal is to extend the 2013 reconstruction of Main Street to make the intersection more pedestrian friendly, improve traffic flow, redo the "teardrop of concrete and dirt," and maintain the historic aesthetics of the initial phase of construction.
The intersection will be closed until construction is completed, hopefully by May 15.
"I believe planning on this project started in 2012 and we finally went out to bid last fall," Brinck said.
The Highway 65 water line replacement project is also budgeted in 2018. The main line from Centennial to Independence, as well as water lines on Frontier and Greenwood, will be replaced. The laterals on Frontier and Greenwood have had a number of leaks, Brinck said.