At a special meeting on the evening of Sept. 27, the Cedaredge Board of Directors met to appoint an interim town administrator. Town Administrator Greg Brinck departed on Oct. 1, having accepted an assistant town administrator position in the Town of Eaton.
At this meeting, the board approved David Stahl to step up in Brinck’s place as an interim town administrator with a contract that is good through April 30, 2022, or whenever a permanent person is found to fill the position. The contract for the position was accompanied by two resolutions; one to appoint Stahl to the position and another to authorize him as a financial signer for the town.
Stahl’s previous experience in municipal employment encompasses the roles of director of parks and recreation in Westminster and Lewisville, town or city manager in Basalt, Lewisville, Central City, Erie and Walsenburg and interim town manager in Dolores.
“And I worked in the private sectors,” Stahl said. “I built about three charter schools, worked for Sears and Robuck’s development division for a little while in the early ‘80s and I’ve owned three small businesses on my own.”
Stahl said he’s retired “a few times” now, but he felt that the opening for an interim town administrator in Cedaredge seemed like a good opportunity, especially as he loves the area and he’s not quite ready to quit working yet.
“I think I’ve got a lot of game left and wanted to do something,” Stahl said.
Stahl currently lives in Erie with his wife of 44 years, but he’s rented a house in Cedaredge to properly fill the role and finds the approximately six-hour commute manageable on occasion to visit his family back home.
In reference to his role being temporary, Stahl said he’s currently assuming that it will be just that and will be filling the role as a “chair-holder for the next person.”
“I’m not going to try and fix anything that’s not broken,” Stahl said. “I think my job is just to keep the wheels on the wagon and move forward — finish up working on things the town’s working on, work with the employees, work with the board.”
At this time, Stahl said he is not necessarily opposed to the overall idea of being the permanent town administrator but he’s under the comfortable assumption that it’s temporary.
“That’s the assumption that I’m moving forward on,” Stahl said. “If something changes down the road and they decide that they want to do something other than hire someone from the outside again, then we’d have to sit down and talk about that, but I don’t think either side is moving forward assuming that will happen. I just take it on a day to day basis.”
“I’m not over here to light the world on fire,” Stahl said. “I’m just trying to keep things going on the same pace.”